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We recommend a camera as essential packing for a stay at Bwlchgwyn Campsite. Or a paintbox if you’re of the artistic variety: the views here of the Llyn Peninsula will have you setting up your easel before you can say Bwlchgwyn. Known as the Land’s End of Wales, this corner of the country has a heritage coastline, crags, cliffs and coves, and long stretches of beach to snap or paint at. Or have a picnic – we’re fans of the leisurely picnic around scenic sites…
Bwlchgwyn Campsite is based on a sheep and beef farm with views of Bardsey Island from nearby Anelog Mountain, and is a short stroll from the award-winning and sheltered sandy beach at Aberdaron Bay (did we mention picnics?). Pitches are level with optional electric hook-up, and there are clean loos and (free) showers on site.
For food, Aberdaron village has pubs, cafés, a grocery store and a bakery, with the Llyn Peninsula capital and market town Pwllheli around thirty minutes’ away.
The lively seaside resort of Abersoch between Aberdaron and Pwllheli is a popular watersports spot and holds an annual regatta, a surfing contest and the famous Wakestock wakeboarding and music festival each July. There’s an 18-hole golf course at the village and several more in the surrounding area, a couple of riding centres nearby, and sheltered beaches and bays for sailing and windsurfing: fearless and experienced surfers can brave the waves at the popular Hell’s Mouth from Porth Neigwl beach.
Aberdaron is the last stop centuries ago of pilgrims going to Ynys Enlli or Bardsley Island, said to be the burial place of King Arthur and still popular with tourists today for its scenery and wildlife. Twenty-first century visitors can hail a boat to the island from Porth Meudwy/Hermit’s Cove for more picnicking and painting; Ynys Enlii is also a National Nature Reserve so look out for porpoises, seals, dolphins and the nesting Manx shearwaters.
There are aber-solutely loads of day trips round and about this area: Porthmadog and Caernarfon are around half an hour’s drive from Pwllheli, and Snowdonia National Park, visible from Abersoch, has endless activity options including white-water rafting, fishing, mountain biking and climbing. There are several villages to day-trip around too, such as lovely Llangian which has won awards for being the best kept village in Wales; the mountain village of Rhiw with historic house and ornamental garden at Plas Yn Rhiw, and the Italianate Portmeirion, famous as the filming location of TV series The Prisoner.
Elsewhere in the area, steam fans can take a trip through the park’s woodland and waterfalls on the Ffestiniog Railway, with the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway puffing off from Porthmadog. The Welsh Mountain Zoo and several award-winning gardens (and beaches) are north at Colwyn Bay, which has easy access to the Isle of Anglesey, the seaside resort of Llandudno and the ancient walled town of Conwy with its looming castle.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
- Criccieth Castle (22.3 miles)
- CADW - Harlech Castle (26.4 miles)
- Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog) (26.5 miles)
- Plas yn Rhiw (4.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Morfa Nefyn - around Headland - Porth Dinllaen (11.7 miles)
- Talybont - Duffryn Ardudwy - Plas Bennar - Talybont (11.8 miles)
- Nefyn - Porth Dinllaen - Morfa Nefyn - Nefyn (12.5 miles)
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
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- Coach stations
Pwllheli: Bus Station Maes — 14.4mi
Hafan y Mor (Pwllheli): Holiday Park Coach Stop — 18.0mi
Criccieth: Lay by Coach Stop — 22.5mi
- Train stations
Pwllheli Rail Station — 14.5mi
Abererch Rail Station — 16.4mi
Penychain Rail Station — 17.9mi
- Ferry ports
Aberdaron Ferry Landing — 0.9mi
Bardsey Island Ferry Landing — 4.3mi
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 29.2mi
- Anglesey Airport — 32.3mi
Directions from Pwllheli:
Follow A499 to Llanbedrog.
In Llanbedrog turn right onto the B4413 signposted Aberdaron. The journey to Aberdaron will take you approximately 20 minutes from here.
As you enter the village of Aberdaron take the right-hand turning immediately after passing the Spar shop.
Take this road for approximatelly half a mile.
Turn left at the turning signposted Uwchmynydd.
We are the first property on the right-hand side on this road.