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The Llŷn

The most westerly part of North Wales, the Llŷn forms a cliff- and cove-lined finger of land that juts out south and west from Snowdonia, separating Cardigan and Caernarfon bays. Its hills taper along its spine, carrying an ancient route to Aberdaron, where pilgrims once sailed for Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island). Most come to the Llŷn for its beaches, especially those of the south coast family resorts of Pwllheli and Abersoch, but Aberdaron is the star around here.

Nowhere in Wales is more remote and staunchly Welsh: the term Stryd Fawr is used instead of High Street, and in most local shops you’ll only hear Welsh spoken. The Llŷn is reached through one of the two gateway towns: Porthmadog, home to the private “dream village” of Portmeirion and terminus of the Ffestiniog Railway; or Caernarfon, where a magnificent fortress guards the mouth of the Menai Strait.

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