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Sailing in Wales

The Llyn Peninsula has activities to suit most people's needs and just an hour's drive will take you to the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. The spectacular scenery and facilities in this beautiful park offers even more outdoor activities. There is so much to do here, catering to everyone's tastes; Water sports, walking, climbing, cycling, clay pigeon shooting, golf, horse riding, sea, river and lake fishing just for starters.

Cardigan Bay's open inviting waters and the backdrop of Snowdonia and the Cambrian Mountain range making it a sailors paradise with marinas at Pwllheli and pretty harbours in Abersoch, Porthmadog, Morfa Nefyn and Trefor. Take a trip out to the mystical Island of Bardsey (Ynys Enlli) about 2 miles off the tip of the Llyn Peninsula where, according to legend, 20,000 saints are buried and has long been seen as a place of pilgrimage, (see www.bardsey.org for more detail), or take a scenic coastal cruise operating out of Pwllheli marina visiting offshore islands. Abersoch Sailing School, based right in the heart of Abersoch can provide you with expert tuition for those seeking their first experience at helming a sailing boat or hire a dinghy or kayak against a backdrop of wonderful scenery. At the National Water Sports centre near Caernarfon, they'll teach you to handle dinghies canoes and kayaks. If you like your water sports a bit wild, you can go surfing, windsurfing or wakeboarding with professional tuition available from many of the surfing shops in Abersoch village.

Love fishing? The waters off the Llyn coastline have been a haven for the fishing enthusiasts for many years. For those seeking recreational fishing there is river, lake, sea and coastal fishing with tackle and bait available at Abersoch Angling or organised fishing trips available from the Marina in Pwllheli with catches of bass, mackerel, bull huss and pollack to name but a few. There are many natural rivers and lakes with two inland coarse fisheries close to the seaside town of Criccieth. See www.abersochangling.co.uk for more details.

For horse riding and trekking adventures there are a number of centres around Abersoch, including Pen Llyn riding centre in Llaniestyn and Cilan riding and trekking near Abersoch.

Golfers have a varied choice of testing and challenging courses including the famous links at Royal St David's at Harlech, classic links at Aberdovey, not to mention Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Abersoch with the scenic cliff top course at Nefyn and a friendly nine hole course and driving range at Llyn Golf Penrhos, near Pwllheli.Jazz festival See www.abersochgolf.co.uk for more details.

If you fancy a walk or want to climb a mountain, Snowdon, at over 1000meters, is a popular destination but there are a number of other mountain ranges equally as beautiful. There are tough highland treks in Snowdonia (see www.visitsnowdonia.info for more details) or gentle family trails in the countryside of Llyn or even along the Llyn coastal footpaths (see www.walescoastpath.gov.uk for more details) or along any number of beautiful beaches. There can be no doubt whatsoever that of all of England and Wales, few can match the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales for it's beauty of landscape and scenic appeal. Within it's bounds lie the mountains and moor lands of Snowdonia, carefully farmed lowlands, and great sweeps of captivating and diverse coastline. From the rocky coastline and craggy mountains to fine and sandy beaches. There are heathlands, woodlands and forests, commons and fields, together with ancient castles, forts, churches and archaeological remains. 

For high adventure visit “Ropeworks” at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park in Pwllheli, with an impressive network of high poles you can swing on, climb, zip and leap through the air and be supported by professional instructors to encourage you all the way. Ropes and Ladders in Llanberis, set in beautiful woodland, with breathtaking views of lakes and mountains, is a memorable experience for families, groups or individuals. Experienced instructors accompany visitors for 2 hours of leaps, climbs, swings and balances high in the trees. At Glasfryn Park, four miles out of Pwllheli, this activity centre offers archery, ten pin bowling, quad biking, go karting, a great fun activity for all ages, with a farm shop, two indoor dining areas and a licensed bar open until late.

Had you tried shooting? A visit to Llanbedrog Shooting School in Llanbedrog is a must. The proprietor Bob Valentine established a shooting school there in 1986 and it has become renowned for its high standards. Set in glorious, well managed countryside, offering spectacular views, the school has been teaching for over 20 years, from the novice to the more experienced shot. See www.theshootingschool.com for more details.

For those seeking a more sedate way of relaxing whilst on holiday, why not visit the National Trust property Plas yn Rhiw a small 16th century manor house, full of character,with woodland walks and a beautiful ornamental garden with spectacular sea views across Cardigan Bay.

Take a majestic ride on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland narrow gauge railways (see www.festrail.co.uk for more details). One route will take you on a 13.5 mile journey from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, through pastures and forests clinging to and tunnelling through the mountains. The second route will take you on a journey 25 miles from Caernarfon to Porthmadog passing through Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Pass, a dramatic and spectacular mountain pass, near Mount Snowdon in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The Snowdon Mountain Railway will take you on a journey of a lifetime to the summit of Wales highest peak, Snowdon at 1085 meters, offering stunning scenery and unbeatable views.

There's something for everyone!