1. Walk to Porth Ceiriad, which is often deserted and perhaps see dolphins in the bay. On winter visits it is a treat to light a driftwood fire and cook sausages (frying pan in the laundry) before returning for tea. We have even done this is in the snow!
  2. Drive or walk up onto Cilan Head and admire the long views over Hells Mouth and back down the Llýn peninsula. It is particularly good in the evening when the sun sets over the sea, slanting over Bardsey Island. There is a circular walk using the newly opened stretch of the coastal path, which we often start at the farm where eggs are sold. In season the headland is good hunting ground for field mushrooms.
  3. Beachcomb on Hells Mouth, a notorious haunt of wreckers in the old days and over its vast length (it is several hours walk to Plas Newydd – we did it once) producer of interesting driftwood, especially out of season and in bad weather. The bench in the porch was made from a plank salvaged from Hells Mouth, very heavy to retrieve. Have a drink at the Sun in Lanengan on the way back.
  4. Buy a bodyboard and join the cool set in the surf on windy days at Hells Mouth or Porth Ceiriad. You can hire equipment in Abersoch.
  5. At low tides walk to the old lifeboat station from the beach hut at this end of the main beach and look for scallops. You can search out inhabitants of rock pools and we have also fished for razor clams where the sea meets the sand. At the lowest tides you can get round the point, and the challenge is always to see how far! A barbecue supper on the beach as the sun goes down is a staunch favourite.
  6. Visit Plas Yn Rhiw on your way to Aberdaron. .Walk the Coastal Path all or part of the way to Aberdaron to feast on crab sandwiches and locally made ice cream.
  7. Aberdaron is the Llýn’s lands end. Armed with your baking from the village (sausage rolls are good) walk from the car park up onto the tip of the peninsula and enjoy mystical views of Bardsey and the coastline.
  8. Bardsey Island is well worth a visit on a good day. It is strange, atmospherically charged and remote. You can get a boat from Pwllheli or Aberdaron, for a day trip to picnic and walk in a very special place.
  9. We often walk on the north side of the peninsula when the weather is unkind here. It can be completely different, and often depends on the wind. The coast round Porth Iago and Porth Oer is unspoilt and walking the coastal path you come on little valleys awash with wild flowers. There is a café at Porth Oer, where the rhomboid sand crystals really do squeak as you shuffle your shoes through.
  10. Nefyn is not to be missed. A circular walk from the carpark across the golf course – spectacular challenges for the golfer – around the rocky end to the peninsula looking out for seals, before a pint at the Ty Coch inn is a must.
  11. A meal at Plas Bodegroes is also a firm favourite for a holiday treat. The atmosphere at this beautiful Georgian ‘restaurant with rooms’ is elegant and friendly and the food excellent. We always have a taxi home as the local police are very vigilant.
  12. In Pwllheli we buy fish down by the harbour, fabulous ice cream at Cadwalladers, cheeses at the deli. There is also a bookshop. The best ironmonger/kitchen supplier in the world is also on Gaol Street – they have everything you want and more.
  13. Breakfast at the Gwalia in Pwllheli is a real experience. The baked goods are excellent, especially the rolls, but the real fun is behind, in the café, a relic of bygone days. We indulge in poached eggs on toast there at least once in every holiday – a good start for a less than sunny day.
  14. Portmeirion is always good for a day out – extraordinary place that it is. We have also very much enjoyed visiting the garden of Clough-Ellis’ own home at Plas Brondanw
  15. When the children were younger, we had great days out at Harlech Castle, taking the train from Pwllheli. Caernarvon Castle is also worth a visit, even in poor weather as part of it is under cover. We would combine that trip with the Anglesey Sea Zoo and Beaumaris.
  16. In the worst weather we set off for Porthmadog and the little trains (but be warned they can be very busy and in the clouds) and the slate mines (underground so drier!). An alternative to deal with surplus energy is the swimming pool in Pwllheli, where you can also hire the hall for games of basketball etc.
  17. A trip to Anglesey to visit Plas Newydd combines well with Beaumaris.
  18. Crug Farm garden and nursery, signposted just outside Caernarvon, on the way to Bangor and Anglesey, is home to many fascinating and rare plants from around the world.
  19. Tea and pictures at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw in Llanbedrog, lunch at the Galley and a scramble up the Headland to the Iron Man. If brave (and at low tide) walk back to Bwlchtocyn along the beach.
  20. So honestly, what is our absolutely favourite thing? It is in fact just relaxing around the house and beach. Whether reading a book, listening to music, playing games or walking the beaches, we find the atmosphere totally removed from our busy lives, and we slow down, and sleep very well.