5 to 13 nights
41 to 113 mls (km)
North Wales
Moderate
Mar to Oct
£510

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.

Map of our Llŷn Coastal Path Walking Holiday route
Our route takes you around the peninsula from Bangor to Porthmadog

Path Walkthrough

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
    13 Nights, 12 Days
    from £1195 pp
    LCP1 ~ Bangor to Porthmadog ~ 13 / 12 classic
    DayLocationsDistance
    Day 14:Depart Porthmadog after breakfast
    Day 1:Arrival Bangor
    Day 2:Bangor to Caernarfon12.5 miles/20km
    Day 3:Caernarfon to Dinas Dinlle8 miles/12.8km
    Day 4:Dinas Dinlle to Trefor9 miles/9.6km
    Day 5:Trefor to Nefyn9 miles/14.4km
    Day 6:Nefyn to Tudweiliog9 miles/14.4km
    Day 7:Tudweiliog to Porth Oer9 miles/14.4km
    Day 8:Porth Oer to Aberdaron9 miles/14.4km
    Day 9:Aberdaron to Pentowyn Dunes11 miles/17.6km
    Day 10:Pentowyn Dunes to Abersoch9 miles/14.4km
    Day 11:Abersoch to Pwllheli9 miles/14.4km
    Day 12:Pwllheli to Criccieth11 miles/17.6km
    Day 13:Criccieth to Porthmadog6 miles/9.6km

    What's Included:
    12 walking days
    13 nights accommodation
    13 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    LCP2
    10 Nights, 9 Days
    from £945 pp
    LCP2 ~ Bangor to Porthmadog ~ 10 / 9 classic
    DayLocationsDistance
    Day 11:Depart Porthmadog after breakfast
    Day 1:Arrival Bangor
    Day 2:Bangor to Caernarfon12.5 miles/20km
    Day 3:Caernarfon to Clynnog Fawr14 miles/22km
    Day 4:Clynnog Fawr to Nefyn13 miles/20.8km
    Day 5:Nefyn to Porth Colmon12 miles/19.2km
    Day 6:Porth Colmon to Aberdaron14 miles/22km
    Day 7:Aberdaron to Pentowyn Dunes11 miles/17.6km
    Day 8:Pentowyn Dunes to Llanbedrog14 miles/22km
    Day 9:Llanbedrog to Criccieth15.5 miles/24.8km
    Day 10:Criccieth to Porthmadog6.5 miles/10.4km

    What's Included:
    9 walking days
    10 nights accommodation
    10 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
  • Caernarfon to Porthmadog
    Distance: 100 miles (160.5km)
    LCP3
    8 Nights, 7 Days
    from £775 pp
    LCP3 ~ Caernarfon to Porthmadog ~ 8 / 7 classic
    DayLocationsDistance
    Day 9:Depart Porthmadog after breakfast
    Day 1:Arrival Caernarfon
    Day 2:Caernarfon to Clynnog Fawr14 miles/22km
    Day 3:Clynnog Fawr to Nant Gwrtheyrn10 miles/16km
    Day 4:Nant Gwrtheyrn to Towyn13 miles/20.8km
    Day 5:Towyn to Aberdaron17 miles/27.2km
    Day 6:Aberdaron to Abersoch17.6 miles/28.2km via Porth Neigl
    Day 7:Abersoch to Aberech Station11 miles/17.6km
    Day 8:Aberech Station to Porthmadog15.1 miles/24.2km

    What's Included:
    7 walking days
    8 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
  • Clynnog Fawr to Aberdaron
    Distance: 41 miles (65.5km)
    LCP4
    5 Nights, 4 Days
    from £510 pp
    LCP4 ~ Clynnog Fawr to Aberdaron ~ 5 / 4 classic
    DayLocationsDistance
    Day 6:Depart Aberdaron after breakfast
    Day 1:Arrival Caernarfon
    Day 2:Clynnog Fawr to Nant Gwrtheyrn10 miles/16km
    Day 3:Nant Gwrtheyrn to Towyn13 miles/20.8km
    Day 4:Towyn to Porth Oer9 miles/14.4km
    Day 5:Porth Oer to Aberdaron9 miles/14.4km

    What's Included:
    4 walking days
    5 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of B&Bs and local Inns with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Personal transfers between the accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning and walk pack including Official Guide book, OS maps OL253 and OL254, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning.

    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.

    Rail

    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

    Taxi

    Approx. fares:               Bangor to Caernarfon                            £25.00

    Aberdaron to Bangor                             £55.00

    Porthmadog to Bangor                          £55.00

    Airport Transfers:

    Manchester Airport to Caernarfon           £120.00

    Manchester Airport to Bangor                 £115.00

    If you wish to upgrade your overnight accommodation on occasion, we will be happy to arrange this wherever availability allows – prices to be advised. Looking for different mileages or different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us to learn more.

    Llŷn Coastal Path Client Reviews

    4.8/5 based on 25 reviews
    We would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend.
    - July 2019
    This was a very enjoyable walk, with flawless organisation and a very professional walk pack.
    - 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.
    - 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.
    - June 2019
    Good choice of B&Bs and luggage transfer. Would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend.
    - 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!
    - June 2019
    Celtic Trails were better than other companies - helpful and informative. Came home more relaxed and refreshed.
    - May 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.
    - May 2019
    I would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend - they were excellent; well organised and good accommodation.
    - April 2019
    An enjoyable holiday where everything organised by you went smoothly. You even managed good weather for us :-)
    - 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.
    - 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.
    - 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.
    - 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.
    - May 2018
    We have walked with you before and we would walk with you again.
    - May 2018
    Celtic Trails is a happy find for us.
    - 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."
    - 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!"
    - 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."
    - 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."
    - 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."
    - May 2014
    "Great walk with variety of terrain, some wonderful scenery, good food and  accommodation."
    - 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."
    - 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."
    - August 2012
    Lovely accommodation. This holiday was excellent for my health.
    - September 2019
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