Walking Around the Unspoilt Edge of Wales

The Llŷn Coastal Path is a route around the edge of Wales’ lovely Llŷn Peninsula, a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Take a Walking Holiday and discover the best of this wild, scenic area with dedicated hiking routes on the Llŷn Coast Path (or Lleyn/Llyn Coastal Path).

Highlights
  • 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
  • 5 to 13 nights
  • 41 to 112 mls (view km)
  • Bangor, North Wales
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £480

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.

Llyn Coastal Path St Hywyns Church

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.

Path Walkthrough

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

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.

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Our Llŷn Peninsula Walking Holiday Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Bangor to Porthmadog

Length: 112.5 miles/ 181 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
Start Price
LCP1
13 Nights / 12 Days
£1,160

Bangor to Porthmadog

13 Nights / 12 Days
Holiday Code: LCP1
Price: £1,160 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £25 (pn)
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

Itinerary Information: 13 nights accommodation with 12 walking days. Arrive in Bangor on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Porthmadog on morning of day 14.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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LCP2
10 Nights / 9 Days
£915

Bangor to Porthmadog

10 Nights / 9 Days
Holiday Code: LCP2
Price: £915 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £25 (pn)
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

Itinerary Information: 10 nights accommodation with 9 walking days. Arrive in Bangor on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Porthmadog on morning of day 11.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Caernarfon to Porthmadog

Length: 100 miles/ 160.5 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
Start Price
LCP3
8 Nights / 7 Days
£745

Caernarfon to Porthmadog

8 Nights / 7 Days
Holiday Code: LCP3
Price: £745 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £25 (pn)
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

Itinerary Information: 8 nights accommodation with 7 walking days. Arrive in Caernarfon on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Porthmadog on morning of day 9.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Clynnog Fawr to Aberdaron

Length: 41 miles/ 65.5 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
Start Price
LCP4
5 Nights / 4 Days
£480

Clynnog Fawr to Aberdaron

5 Nights / 4 Days
Holiday Code: LCP4
Price: £480 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £25 (pn)
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

Itinerary Information: 5 nights accommodation with 4 walking days. Arrive in Clynnog Fawr on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Aberdaron on morning of day 6.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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  • What's Included?

    What's Included?

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of B&B’s 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.
  • Price Info.

    Solo walker supplement: £35 per night.

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £25 per night.

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £50 per person per night.

    Postage overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Rest days

    Recommended locations for Rest Days are Aberdaron ~ consider booking a boat trip to spend a day visiting Bardsey Island (weather permitting) www.bardseyboattrips.com

     Upgrade accommodation 

    If you wish to upgrade your overnight accommodation on occasion, we will be happy to arrange this wherever availability allows – prices to be advised.

     

  • Getting There

    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

  • Best Time to Travel

    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.

    Average Rainfall Llandudno                                               NWCP Average Temperature North Wales Coast                                                      NWCP Average Sunshine Day North Wales Coast

Client Reviews of Our Llŷn Peninsula Walking Holiday

Our past clients rated this walk 4.8 out of 5, read a selection of 8 reviews below.

"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."

5 out of 5

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!"

4.9 out of 5

July 2017

"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."

4.8 out of 5

May 2014

"Great walk with variety of terrain, some wonderful scenery, good food and  accommodation."

4.5 out of 5

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."

5 out of 5

April 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."

4.7 out of 5

May 2014

"Dear Anne, thank you so very much for the great organisation of our trip. Accommodation and food were fantastic, landscape and weather as well."

4.6 out of 5

July 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."

5 out of 5

August 2012

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