Walking Around the Unspoilt Edge of Wales
- Gaze out from the ramparts of Caernarfon Castle over the menai straits to the east
- Take a ferry crossing over to Bardsey Island "Isle of 20,000 saints", an old pilgrimage site
- Visit Tŷ Coch Inn, picturesque pub at the edge of the beach in Porth Dinllaen
- Bangor Pier, a classic Edwardian seaside pier
- Observe the thriving wildlife population that call the many wild natural habitats on this route home
- Menai Straits, home of the Menai suspension bridge (built by Thomas Telford)
- The atmospheric valley of Nant Gwrtheryn
Walking The Llŷn Coastal Path (or Lleyn/Llyn Coastal Path)
The trail is sourced from an ancient pilgrim route, tracing the spiritual journey taken in early centuries by pilgrims from Bangor. Along the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula to Aberdaron they waited, the final leg of the journey the treacherous crossing to Bardsey Island, ‘The Isle of 20,000 saints’.
The 110 mile (180km) Llŷn Peninsula coastal path can be walked in a week without too much exertion and you find a great variety within: seashores, (small) mountain tops, sand dunes to cliffs, unspoiled Welsh-speaking villages and popular seaside towns.
Hiking Holidays: Lleyn Peninsula
Your walking holiday begins at Bangor or Caernarfon on the Menai Straits and heads out about as far west as the Welsh mainland can take you. At Aberdaron, the trail returns along the southern coastline of sandy Cardigan Bay to Porthmadog. The Llŷn Coastal Path is not entirely a coastal walk, inland hills ascend with stunning views in all directions - west to the Irish coast, east to Snowdonia, north to Anglesey and south to Ynys Enlli, with a magical view of the holy island of Bardsey.
The walk features a fascinating amount of history found in few other places in Britain: 12C coastal castles of Edward I at Caernarfon and Criccieth, Britain’s largest Iron age hill forts, notwithstanding the many unusual 6C Celtic churches along the trail.
At Llanystumdwy, you can visit the birthplace of Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Britain during WW1 and at nearby Tremadoc, the birthplace of TE Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia.
There is also the option of taking a steam train between Porthmadog and Caernarfon, find out more here - http://www.festrail.co.uk/index.htm
For more information or advice on walking the Llŷn Coastal Coast Path, please call our walk team who will be more than delighted to help you with your holiday.
Celtic Trails is Wales’ most experienced walking holiday company with 20 years service providing bespoke walking holidays for clients who appreciate high standards of organisation and value.
Walkers can expect coastal ambles in truly unspoilt and often remote stretches of shoreline. The pristine nature of the coast is no small way due to the areas protected status, with numerous bodies overseeing the upkeep of the area as an important cultural place and site of natural conservation and scientific research. However, the preserved nature of the routes often means the going underfoot is fairly uneven as you make your way towards the tip of the peninsula, with rocky, heather clad slopes.
Wooded shores and boardwalk, running parallel to the straits begin the Wales Coast Path route around the peninsula. The majority of the route could be considered one of the more 'coastal' of the Wales coastal path, but where the route does run inland you still have a fantastic view of the sea from the open farmland and valleys.
Our Llŷn Coastal Path Itineraries
Bangor to Porthmadog
Distance: 112.5 miles (181km)
LCP1 ~ Bangor to Porthmadog ~ 13 / 12 classic
|Day 1:||Arrival Bangor|
|Day 2:||Bangor to Caernarfon||12.5 miles/20km|
|Day 3:||Caernarfon to Dinas Dinlle||8 miles/12.8km|
|Day 4:||Dinas Dinlle to Trefor||9 miles/9.6km|
|Day 5:||Trefor to Nefyn||9 miles/14.4km|
|Day 6:||Nefyn to Tudweiliog||9 miles/14.4km|
|Day 7:||Tudweiliog to Porth Oer||9 miles/14.4km|
|Day 8:||Porth Oer to Aberdaron||9 miles/14.4km|
|Day 9:||Aberdaron to Pentowyn Dunes||11 miles/17.6km|
|Day 10:||Pentowyn Dunes to Abersoch||9 miles/14.4km|
|Day 11:||Abersoch to Pwllheli||9 miles/14.4km|
|Day 12:||Pwllheli to Criccieth||11 miles/17.6km|
|Day 13:||Criccieth to Porthmadog||6 miles/9.6km|
|Day 14:||Depart Porthmadog after breakfast|
LCP2 ~ Bangor to Porthmadog ~ 10 / 9 classic
|Day 1:||Arrival Bangor|
|Day 2:||Bangor to Caernarfon||12.5 miles/20km|
|Day 3:||Caernarfon to Clynnog Fawr||14 miles/22km|
|Day 4:||Clynnog Fawr to Nefyn||13 miles/20.8km|
|Day 5:||Nefyn to Porth Colmon||12 miles/19.2km|
|Day 6:||Porth Colmon to Aberdaron||14 miles/22km|
|Day 7:||Aberdaron to Pentowyn Dunes||11 miles/17.6km|
|Day 8:||Pentowyn Dunes to Llanbedrog||14 miles/22km|
|Day 9:||Llanbedrog to Criccieth||15.5 miles/24.8km|
|Day 10:||Criccieth to Porthmadog||6.5 miles/10.4km|
|Day 11:||Depart Porthmadog after breakfast|
Caernarfon to Porthmadog
Distance: 100 miles (160.5km)
LCP3 ~ Caernarfon to Porthmadog ~ 8 / 7 classic
|Day 1:||Arrival Caernarfon|
|Day 2:||Caernarfon to Clynnog Fawr||14 miles/22km|
|Day 3:||Clynnog Fawr to Nant Gwrtheyrn||10 miles/16km|
|Day 4:||Nant Gwrtheyrn to Towyn||13 miles/20.8km|
|Day 5:||Towyn to Aberdaron||17 miles/27.2km|
|Day 6:||Aberdaron to Abersoch||17.6 miles/28.2km via Porth Neigl|
|Day 7:||Abersoch to Aberech Station||11 miles/17.6km|
|Day 8:||Aberech Station to Porthmadog||15.1 miles/24.2km|
|Day 9:||Depart Porthmadog after breakfast|
Trefor to Aberdaron
Distance: 36 miles (57.5km)
LCP4 ~ Trefor to Aberdaron ~ 5 / 4 classic
|Day 1:||Arrival Caernarfon|
|Day 2:||Trefor to Nefyn||9 miles/14.4km|
|Day 3:||Nefyn to Tudweiliog||9 miles/14.4km|
|Day 4:||Tudweiliog to Porth Oer||9 miles/14.4km|
|Day 5:||Porth Oer to Aberdaron||9 miles/14.4km|
|Day 6:||Depart Aberdaron after breakfast|
- Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
- Luggage transfers
- Personal transfer between accommodation and path that form a part of our standard package
- Route planning
- Walk pack including Trail Guide and mapping, itinerary, accommodation directions and route notes, lunch and dinner information, restaurant recommendations and holiday planning details
You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.
Our Llŷn Coastal Path holidays are available to walk March to October.
Low pressure fronts coming in on the Irish sea typically hit the coast of Wales first, and as such rain can occur at any time of the year. It's always worth taking a spare pair of clothes and waterproofs in your daypack.
We would would advise travelling between March and November, you'll get the best of the daylight hours for walking and you'll find a lot more places are open when it's not winter.
A Railway station is located in Bangor. There are frequent trains from London to Bangor.
They take approximately 3.5 hours. www.nationalrail.co.uk
Porthmadog to Conwy: Porthmadog - Blaenau Ffestiniog: Ffestiniog Railway www.festrail.co.uk
Blaenau Ffestiniog - to Llandudno Junction www.nationalrail.co.uk
Bangor to Caernarfon - prices available upon request.
Aberdaron to Bangor - prices available upon request.
Porthmadog to Bangor - prices available upon request.
Manchester Airport to Caernarfon - prices available upon request.
Manchester Airport to Bangor - prices available upon request.
Llŷn Coastal Path Client Reviews
4.8/5 based on 30 reviews
Celtic Trails were very good. It felt good doing another section of the Welsh Coastal Path.
Mr Graham Ford - October 2021
Celtic Trails provide an opportunity to walk a long distance coastal path independently, but with support in terms of accommodation and luggage transfers etc. This holiday had a positive impact on our health and well-being, with a sense of achievement at the end, especially as there were some challenging parts. Overall, an excellent experience. We intend to continue with other parts of the Wales Coast Path.
John, Wiltshire - September 2021
I would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend. Efficient, friendly staff. Good communication. The Llyn involved some read walking but clifftops and headland walking was stunning. Very varied views and terrain. As usual, walking for hours with no other distractions, just relaxing with a great sense of satisfaction on completion of each stage. Each day was different - woodland, beaches, quarries, fields. The weather was warm and sunny, which made it even better. A fantastic walk!
Dorothy, Ewloe - September 2021
I would describe Celtic Trails as peace of mind. This walk really helped as we were stressed when we embarked on the trip.
Ian & Amanda - September 2021
Celtic Trails are always seamless. All we have to do is walk, everything else is taken care of. The Llyn Peninsula is extremely remote in place, but the landscape, solitude and wildlife were superb.
Anon - August 2021
Lovely accommodation. This holiday was excellent for my health.
Anon - September 2019
We would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend.
Anon. - July 2019
This was a very enjoyable walk, with flawless organisation and a very professional walk pack.
D.J. - July 2019
Celtic Trails were very professional, organised and thorough.Appreciated the prompt replies to e-mails. We always choose 'out of they way' places - they provide a chance to mix with the locals and enjoy regional food. It was a chance to get away from responsibilities.
J & C Jeffrey - June 2019
We love long distance walking holidays and this was on the best we've done. The landscape of the Llyn Peninsula was wonderful and we met friendly and hospitable people everywhere we stayed on the trail. Our first time in Wales - we'll be back.
Anon - June 2019
Good choice of B&Bs and luggage transfer. Would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend.
Bell & Mendoza - June 2019
We wouldn't even consider using another company - Celtic Trails provides worry free travel. This is our third trip over to Wales and WE LOVE WALES!
Mooney & Clifford - June 2019
Celtic Trails are much better than any other company; very reliable, friendly and competent service. We have never felt better! This walk is part of our plan and hope to walk the whole coastal path.
R&S Enderli - May 2019
Celtic Trails were better than other companies - helpful and informative. Came home more relaxed and refreshed.
C & J JOnes - May 2019
I would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend - they were excellent; well organised and good accommodation.
A.V. - April 2019
An enjoyable holiday where everything organised by you went smoothly. You even managed good weather for us :-)
C & S - September 2018
Thank you Nathan and Penny for your emails - service was excellent. I am not ready to go home. The beauty of your country is soul nourishing and sometimes the silence in the hills is so pure. SO much of R.S. Thomas' poetry was alive for me.
JM - September 2018
Celtic Trails compares very well with other companies. What we most enjoyed about this walk was the scenery, good daily mileages and accommodations were in good locations.
McRae - August 2018
Celtic Trails is our favourite! We found you 17 years ago when searching the internet for an Offa's Dyke walking holiday. You met our expectations again.
Curnow & McGrath - June 2018
This was a stunning walk! The trail was remarkably quiet; we only encountered 4 other walkers - this was fabulous. In retrospect, we wish we'd upgraded our accommodations but we weren't aware it was an option.
Anon. - May 2018
We have walked with you before and we would walk with you again.
Bull & Redfern - May 2018
Celtic Trails is a happy find for us.
C - March 2018
"Dear all, a very special thank you for arranging a great week of walking. A special thank you to Nathan on your hard work, I will be back for another walk in Pembrokeshire soon. Please carry on with the very good work, proud to be a customer of Celtic Trails."
Morgans - August 2017
"It was an excellent holiday. Northern Wales was spectacular, we will recommend this area to anyone. Nathan was fantastic! He gave great advice and always got back to us promptly. Thank you so much for everything. So great!"
B. P - July 2017
"Dear Anne, thank you so very much for the great organisation of our trip. Accommodation and food were fantastic, landscape and weather as well."
Sesche - July 2014
"Overall, I am extremely pleased with out experience with Celtic Trails! Even before our trip, e-mails were responded to quickly. I was also so impressed with the friendliness of all the people we met. They were always willing to share information and give directions."
Berkowitz - May 2014
"Beautiful and varied scenery, friendly very helpful people, the baby lambs! I am extremely pleased with our experience with Celtic Trails. Even before our trip, emails were responded to quickly and efficiently and I was also impressed with the friendliness of all the people there."
Kunst - May 2014
"Great walk with variety of terrain, some wonderful scenery, good food and accommodation."
Barker - May 2014
"Dear Anne, thank you so much for your great support to make a superb holiday. Combination of Coastal walking and days in Capel Curig was a brilliant experience ( nb. also walking in Snowdonia - Celtic Trails). Friendly Welsh people, fantastic nature. Many thanks for your organisation."
Weiand - April 2014
"Overall a great and unforgettable experience. The changing scenery, the sea, the birds; I saw some dolphins beneath Nant Gwrtheyrn and behind Whistling Sands was met by a badger mother carrying it’s own little one in its mouth. Everywhere I found kind and helpful people – I even met an elderly lady who had also walked a lot with Celtic Trails! Thank you for organising a very enjoyable holiday."
Bailey - August 2012
Booking Request - Llŷn Coastal Path
We will check your details and come back to you within two working days with a personalised estimate based on your requirements. We will then formally request a deposit of £150 per person (£100 per person for a single centre break) and book all your arrangements - find out about our full booking process here.
Please note this does not constitute a booking confirmation, we kindly ask you to refrain from booking any travel until we have confirmed all your arrangements.Still Have Questions?
If you are still unsure on any of your requirements, please do enquire with us first and one of our friendly team will be happy to help you with any queries you have.
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Please note: exact accommodation booked will depend on availability.