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Things to do in Aberdaron, Gwynedd

Aberdaron is a small village with a long sandy beach, near the end of the Llyn peninsula - the Welsh Land's End.

Aberdaron Bay © Jeffrey Darlington
Aberdaron Bay

It is an attractive, traditional place, still Welsh-speaking, with an ancient church and a pub.

Bardsey Island

Off the end of the peninsula lies Bardsey Island.

Y Gegin Fawr tearoom © Jeffrey Darlington
Y Gegin Fawr tearoom

This was a place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, when pilgrims followed the coastal paths to Aberdaron before taking the perilous sea crossing to Bardsey.

The communal kitchen where pilgrims could claim a meal in Aberdaron is called Y Gegin Fawr, and it survives today as a delightful tea shop.

Mynydd Mawr look-out © Jeffrey Darlington
Mynydd Mawr look-out

The pilgrims' routes have become the Llyn Coastal Path, a waymarked route from Caernarfon to the end of the peninsula, offering fine, sometimes strenuous walking with beautiful views.

Bardsey is a wonderful place to visit today - the ferry leaves from Porth Meudwy just along the coast.

Bardsey Abbey ruins © Jeffrey Darlington
Bardsey Abbey ruins


One side of the island has steep cliffs rising from the sea, which are home to thousands of razorbills and guillemots, as well as puffins, kittiwakes and fulmars.

Bardsey Island © Jeffrey Darlington
Bardsey Island

The boatman will take you along below the cliffs on request, for a stunning wildlife experience.

Mynydd Mawr from Bardsey © Jeffrey Darlington
Mynydd Mawr from Bardsey

Manx Shearwaters nest in burrows on the island in great numbers.

They mostly come out at night, but you may spot one by day if you are lucky.

Bardsey is still farmed and has a square lighthouse and some fine 19th century buildings as well as the remains of the old ruined abbey.

Seals are common in its coves.

Bardsey from Mynydd Mawr © Jeffrey Darlington
Bardsey from Mynydd Mawr

The parish priest of Aberdaron from 1967-78 was R.S.Thomas, an eminent poet - though not popular with the local people because of the bleak view of them and of Wales that he portrayed - besides, he wrote in English!

Description by Jeffrey Darlington

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