Local Attractions & Links
The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are based in Porthmadog, a short walk from the apartment, indeed the Ffestiniog trains can be seen across the harbour as they take on water and get up steam.
The Ffestiniog railway is the oldest independent railway company in the world. Originally built to carry slate down to Porthmadog from where it was shipped across the world in remarkable wooden sailing ships, it now offers visitors the opportunity to admire the spectacular mountain and estuary scenery as well as experience a unique piece of welsh history.
Further information & timetables at: www.festrail.co.uk
The world famous, magical Italianate village set besides the beautiful Dwyryd estuary is only a short drive away from the apartment. It easy to see why it was used as the setting for the cult series ‘The Prisoner’ with its spectacular backdrop, quirky architecture, and luxuriant gardens.
Further information at: www.portmeirion-village.com
Glaslyn Osprey Project
Only a short drive away from Porthmadog, against a background of rugged mountain grandeur is the RSPB Osprey project.
Get up close to the only pair of breeding ospreys in Wales at the RSPB Glaslyn viewing site, open daily 10 am-6 pm
Come and see the ospreys in action, for free, against the awesome backdrop of Snowdonia's mountains. Watch them hunt through powerful telescopes, and get close-up, live footage of them rearing their chicks via the live nestcams. You can watch it all direct from the nest on three widescreen plasma monitors in the hide, getting you even closer to the family.
Don't forget to look around and take in the amazing views of Snowdonia and surrounding mountain ranges. The Glaslyn Valley offers you some of the most scenic and wildlife-rich areas in Wales.
Snowdon & the Snowdon Mountain Railway
There are two ways to get to the top of Wales, and the railway offers the quickest and gentlest! The train leaves from Llanberis which is a 40 minute drive through the heart of Snowdonia.
More info at: www.snowdonrailway.co.uk
There are several variations on the self-propelled method of getting to the top – most of which we have tried and thoroughly enjoyed. There are several starting points a short drive north of Portmadog . We would happy to offer advice and suggestions for walks up Snowdon and other peaks.
Caernarfon Castle is a world heritage site that dominates Caernarfon. Its powerful presence is enhanced by being situated overlooking the harbour and towering over the old town. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less!
More info at: www.caernarfon-castle.co.uk
For info on nearby Harlech& Criccieth castles visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
Glasfryn Parc near Pwllheli offers a range of indoor & outdoor activities for all the family. They have an indoor tenpin bowling range and children’s soft play area, complimented by a café and bar. Outside they offer go-karting, archery, quad biking, and fishing. They also have a well stocked farm shop with a range of locally sourced products.
More info at: www.glasfryn.co.uk
Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw
Set on a wooded hillside overlooking Llanbedrog beach between Pwllheli and Abersoch is this splendid art gallery housed in a Gothic styled mansion built in 1857.
It hosts regularly changing exhibitions by premier artists in Wales as well as a range of art related workshops and concerts. The award winning tea room is well worth a visit in its own right!
More info at: www.oriel.org.uk
Ty Coch Pub, Porth Dinllaen
This unique pub on the beach with stunning views across Nevyn Bay to the Eifel mountain dramatically emerging from the sea is virtually our local at Pen Y Bryn. We regularly combine a visit to it with a walk along the Nevyn golf course narrowly stretched out along the promontory taking in the old lookout, lifeboat station, sandy coves and always glorious views. A walk back along the beach completes a perfect outing.
More at: www.tycoch.co.uk
Other places to eat & have a drink we can recommend
Moorings Bistro, Borth y Gest Tel: 01766 513500
Kerfoots tearooms, Porthmadog (lunch)
Dylans, Criccieth Tel: 01766 522773
Mei's Fusion Food, Criccieth Tel: 01766 522048
Coconut Cove, Abersoch Tel: 01758 712250
Bryncynan Inn, Morfa Nevyn Info at Tel: 01758 720879
The Cliffs, Morfa Nefyn Tel: 01758 720356
Boating & Sailing
All the facilities you would expect from a modern marina for the sailor, powerboater, wakeboarders, divers and fishermen including charter for fishing and coastal cruises.
A very popular sailing & beach venue with several bars and restaurants.
More details at:
Beaches on the Llyn
There are numerous superb unspoilt beaches dotted around the peninusula ranging from the sweeping dune backed Pwllheli main beach to the secluded sandy cove at Porth Ceriad south of Abersoch. For surfers the 3 mile SW facing expanse of Hell’s Mouth offers a real challenge. The scenery becomes even more dramatic as you move round the coast to the NW where you will find Porth Oer – also known as Whistling Sands due to noise of the sand as walk on it. You will be spoilt for choice whether you are looking for; safe bathing, snorkelling, picnicking, or an inspiring and stimulating stroll.
A great site for detailed info is www.llyn.info