The busy market town of Pwllheli has a full range of services and shops for yachtsmen along with comprehensive boatyard facilities. Market day is on Wednesday with a few shops closing for half-day on Thursday. The town is well connected by road and has a railway station. There is also a cinema and an excellent sports and leisure centre.
The Lleyn Peninsula is renowned for its vast bays of sands, craggy cliffs and secret coves. There are also plenty of opportunities for golf, tennis, horseriding, fishing and walking.
Abersoch, with its miles of magnificent sandy beaches and ideal sailing conditions, has developed a reputation as Wales’ Riviera. This traditional seaside village is full of charm and a pleasure to visit.
Along the coast at Criccieth is Llewelyn the Great’s dominating 13th century castle. In the nearby village of Llanystumdwy, there is a fascinating museum and discovery trail of the life of Lloyd George, one of Britain’s greatest orators and statesmen.
At Porthmadog, ‘The Cob’ forms an attractive sailing harbour. Until earlier this century, the town was a bustling shipping port for the slate trade, brought down from Blaenau Ffestiniog by the Ffestiniog steam railway, now a major tourist attraction. The area’s maritime history is now on display in a museum housed in the port’s old slate warehouse.
Near Porthmadog, there is the fine beach at Blackrock Sands and the pretty villages of Borth y Gest and Tremadog, the native village of T.E. Lawrence, of Lawrence of Arabia fame.
Inland lies the beautiful area of Eifionydd with its lush valleys, secret lakes and high rugged mountains. Beddgelert is the gateway to Snowdonia and a centre for climbers and sightseers via paths leading to the mountain peaks of Snowdon, Moel Hebog, Moelwyn and Cnicht. At Beddgelert, the Rivers Glaslyn and Colwyn merge to flow through the breathtaking Aberglaslyn Pass. The areas lakes and glacial rock formations are rich in mineral deposits and tourists can experience the Victorian Sygun Copper Mine.