72 Hours on the Llŷn Peninsula
Our drive up to the Llyn Peninsula through the inspiring mountain scenery of Snowdonia was the perfect start to our coastal adventure. There are several ways to reach our cosy cottages, but I'd definitely recommend picking a route that features these incredible vistas! We broke up our journey with a quick stop in Caenarfon to stock up on indulgent supplies - mainly a rather carefully thought out cheeseboard alongside a salted popcorn stash for cosy movie nights curled up on the sofa.
On arrival at the coast we bypassed Natural Retreats initially and headed straight for Nefyn Golf Club where we had a snoop around the pro-shop, slipped in a delicious lunch in The Clubhouse (their paninis were mouth-watering and all served up with the most sensational sea views you've ever seen), before donning the well-loved golf bag and setting out on one of the most memorable games imaginable. We were lucky enough to secure 9 holes on 'The Point', the magnificent headland which juts out into the Irish Sea. The incredibly breezy conditions didn't deter our spirit as we took in the far-reaching views of the Welsh mountains set against some of the most stunning coastal scenery and white-sand beaches imaginable. The colour-palette of sea greens, turquoise blues and pinkish sunsets was beautiful.
After we'd packed the golf clubs away, we happily headed back out on the walkers trail and found our way down to the Ty Coch Inn (perched on a secret beach at the edge of 'the point'). Here we sipped on a refreshing craft beer, feasted on salty peanuts and sat on the beach wall as we watched the waves lap over the sand. As the Ty Coch is only accessible by foot, the beach's incredible natural beauty is protected, and the views in the late afternoon are sensational. We watched a small pup frolicking in the surf with his owner, before finally heading back to our gorgeous cottage at Natural Retreats.
The Stables 3 was already warm and toasty as our attentive General Manager had slipped the heating on prior to arrival - the fridge was also well stocked with bubbly and a smorgasbord of local treats to take the hassle out of our first nights stay (and breakfast!). We settled down to an evening of star-watching through the unique skylights, nibbling on 'Bara Brith' (a local fruit cake) and reliving the days adventures.
Waking up in the whisper soft master bed after the most restful nights sleep, our thoughts immediately turned to breakfast. Luckily, all of our luxury cottages boast all of the kitchenware you could ever need, so we set about creating a delicious selection of treats which we escorted back to bed on the oversized tray provided. We sipped freshly brewed coffee (another hamper surprise!) from the delicate tea set, munched on crumpets and gazed fondly on the friendly farmers horse that grazes at the foot of the garden.
Pulling on our walking gear, we headed 20 minutes south across the Peninsula to Llanbedrog - an incredible National Trust site where an epic golden, sandy beach meets a fantastic cliff-top walking trail, complete with the iconic 'Iron Man' sculpture at the summit. The views from here are seriously superb and provide the perfect opportunity for budding photographers to take some incredible shots. A cornucopia of multi-coloured beach huts lined the shore, and there were plenty of intricate shells and driftwood to harvest from amongst the sands. 'The Galley', a gorgeous beach cafe with dreamy views, lies right at the beach entrance, but instead we opted for a jaunt to nearby Pwlhelli where we feasted on a delicious afternoon tea at the Witches Tearoom. The next stop on today's tour was Abersoch (just a short 30 minute drive) where we perused the small seaside boutiques and wondered barefoot on 'main beach' until the sun set.
That evening, a traditional Great British thunderstorm descended over the ocean, so after transferring the duvets, cheeseboard and slippers to the upstairs living area at Stables 3, we settled down for a night of movies. Luckily, the reception cottage boasts a wide library of films to choose from, so we settled on a trio of action, comedy and sci-fi to sink our teeth into.
On our final day exploring the Welsh coastline, we decided to head to the tip of the Peninsula in pursuit of the legendary Whistling Sands or Porth O'er as the locals call it. This hidden cove is completely off the beaten track (but easy enough to find with a Sat Nav and a few handy signposts!). After parking in the National Trust car park, we wandered down the sloping track to the wide expanse of the beach which we had all to ourselves with the exception of a lone surfer practising his twists and turns. The views here are unforgettable, the cliffs shelter the powder-soft sand and the rolling surf is a playground for watersports.
A small, friendly cafe is nestled at the edge of the beach where jolly locals served us creamy Conwy ice cream, freshly-fried chips soaked in vinegar and rich lattes to warm us up after our bracing coastal walk. With full bellies, we shook out our picnic blanket, snuggled up and spent the rest of the afternoon in the bright sunshine watching young explorers chase each other amongst the waves.
With heavy hearts we headed off home towards the Cheshire border, but with so much adventure left to discover, we'll definitely be back!
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Porth Dinllaen - The View From Nefyn Golf Club
Fore! 9 Holes at Nefyn Golf Club
Relaxing drinks at the Ty Coch Inn
Pet-Friendly Beaches at Morfa Nefyn
A warm welcome to our cosy cottage
Magnificent sea views from The Stables 3
Delicious welcome hampers
Meeting the locals!
Llanbedrog coastal path walks
Brightly coloured huts on Llanbedrog Beach
Delicious ice-cream all the way from Conwy
Hidden Beaches at Whistling Sands
Secret Coves at Whistling Sands