Places in Llŷn Peninsula
Aberdaron is an ends-of-the-earth kind of place with whitewashed, windswept houses contemplating the sands of Aberdaron Bay. It was traditionally the last resting spot before pilgrims made the treacherous crossing to Bardsey Island. The little Gwylan Islands, just offshore, are North Wales' most important puffin-breeding site.
Abersoch comes alive in summer with a 30,000-person influx of boaties, surfers and beach bums. Edged by gentle blue-green hills, the town's main attraction is its beach, one of the most popular on the peninsula. Surfers head further south for the Atlantic swell at Porth Neigwl (Hell's Mouth) and Porth Ceiriad.
Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli)
This mysterious island, 2 miles long and 2 miles off the tip of the Llŷn, is a magical place. In fact, it's one of many candidates for the Isle of Avalon from the Arthurian legends. It's said that the wizard Merlin still sleeps in a glass castle somewhere on the island.
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