A picturesque little fishing village, which lies snug in the hollow of the river Daron, Aberdaron is probably best known for its associations with the Pilgrim's Route to Bardsey. “Y Gegin Fawr” (pictured opposite), is said to get its name from a communal kitchen for the pilgrims to Bardsey, but the present building is 17th century.
Early pilgrims, unable to make the crossing to Bardsey because of the weather and treacherous tidal race, made their way to Ffynnon Fair (St. Mary’s Well), where they could count their pilgrimage complete if they drank from the well’s waters and celebrated mass.
Aberdaron also boasts a Post Office (now relocated) designed by Clough Williams-Ellis of Portmeirion fame. It is also known for being the home of the parson of St Hywyn's church - the highly regarded Welsh poet R.S.Thomas, and there is an exhibition in the Church that commemorates his time as Vicar. Sheltered by a gravestone-scattered hillside, the present Church of St Hywyn dates from 1137 and replaced a wooden building dating from the 5th Century.
A small, sleepy village in winter months, Aberdaron comes to life in the summer, and thanks to its long stretch of sandy beach, has become popular with holidaymakers.
Regular boat trips are made to Bardsey, now a bird observatory by Enlli Charters. The Highlander II sails from Pwllheli and Porth Meudwy, taking in some of the most stunning scenery the UK has to offer. The voyage from Pwllheli to Bardsey takes in the southern extremity of the Llŷn Peninsula ending at the historic Bardsey with its Abbey ruins, Bird Observatory and wide variety of flora & fauna.
Mordaith Llyn Ltd (Bardsey Boat Trips) also run a daily service, and are the only boat trip service run from Aberdaron by local people. With over seventy years of experience of boat handling in Bardsey Sound, Colin Evans' family have been lobster fishermen and Bardsey Island farmers for generations. So if you want an informative, friendly trip to remember, give them a call!
SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION IN THE ABERDARON AREA:
NEFYN HOLIDAYS have a wide range of holiday accommodation in the area. For a full list please visit the Nefyn Holidays website.
Ty Newydd Hotel Tel: 01758 760207
The Ship Hotel Tel: 01758 760204
Pen Y Bwlch B&B Tel: 07814 637629
CAMPSITES IN ABERDARON:
Caerau Farm, Aberdaron. Tel:01758 760481
Cefn Hedog, Rhoshirwaun. Tel: 01758 760551
Cyndyn, Aberdaron. Tel:01758 760 301
Dwyros, Aberdaron. Tel:01758 760295
Fferm Gwythrian, Aberdaron. Tel: 01758 760343
Morfa Mawr, Aberdaron. Tel: 01758 760264
Mur Melyn, Aberdaron. Tel: 01758 760522
Mynydd Mawr, Aberdaron. Tel: 01758 760223
Tir Glyn, Aberdaron. Tel: 01758 760248
SHOPS IN ABERDARON:
Spar Stores & Post Office Tel: 01758 760234. Locally produced meat for the barbeque, dairy produce, fresh vegetables & groceries.
Eleri Stores. Tel: 01758 760233. Newsagent, wines & spirits, fresh ice cream, suntan lotions etc. Fishing Tackle & Frozen Bait available.
Wendon a Glasfor Beachside Shops. Gifts, Toys & Beachgoods
Hen Blas Cafe, Gift Shop and Gallery
NEAREST GARAGE WHICH DOES CAR REPAIRS:
Pen Y Bont Garage, Sarn Meyllteyrn.
NEAREST PETROL STATIONS:
Pen Y Bont Garage, Sarn Meyllteyrn.
EW&SE Pritchard in Morfa Nefyn.
Llanbedrog Filling Station
Abersoch Filling Station
NEAREST DOCTOR'S SURGERIES:
Meddygfa Rhydbach, Botwnnog. Tel:01758 730266
Ty Doctor. On St.David's Road in Nefyn - half way between Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn. Tel: 0844 650223 or 0844 815 1166
Bryn Beryl Hospital on the A499 some 2 miles out of Pwllheli. Minor injuries unit. Tel: 01758 701122
Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor. Main hospital for the area with full Accident and Emergency facilities. Tel: 01248 384384
Fferyllwyr Llyn, in Nefyn, next to the Londis store. Tel. 01758 720214. Open Mon. to Fri. 8.30 am to 6pm, Saturday 8.30 until 4 pm, and Sunday 10 am until 2 pm.
Fferyllwyr Llyn in Llanbedrog. Tel: 01758 740229. Open Mon. to Fri. 9:00 to 1:00pm and 2pm to 6pm. Saturday: 9.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4:00pm. Closed Sunday.
NEAREST BANK/ATM MACHINE:
Midland Bank in Nefyn - by the mini-roundabout in the centre of Nefyn.
NEAREST POST OFFICE:
Aberdaron Post Office & Stores. Tel: 01758 760234
PLACES TO EAT:
Penbryn Bach, Uwchmynydd. Small & intimate restaurant offering local fresh fish & meat dishes. Tel: 01758 760216 Variable opening hours. Booking esential.
Y Gegin Fawr, Aberdaron. Once a communal kitchen where 13th century pilgrims could claim a meal on their way to Bardsey Island. Tel: 01758 760359
Ty Newydd Pub
NEAREST TAKE AWAYS:
Chip Shop in Aberdaron
If anybody knows of any taxi firms in the area, let us know!
CAR PARKING IN ABERDARON:
Pay And Display car park in the centre of the village just by the bridge.
NEAREST POLICE STATIONS:
Nefyn Police Station - part-time station on Ffordd Dewi Sant (the main Morfa Nefyn to Nefyn road). Next nearest is Pwllheli Police Station on Ala Road, Pwllheli. Tel: 01286 670160 Opening Hours Monday to Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.
NEAREST INTERNET ACCESS POINTS:
Nefyn Library Free internet access. Open 2 pm to 6pm Monday and Thursday; 10am to 12 on Tuesday, and 4pm to 6pm on Friday. Or Pwllheli Library, K2 Computers in Pwllheli (01758 613130) or Azzta Computers in Pwllheli (01758 612277).
Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli. Tel: 01758 704088. Click on link for programme information.
NEAREST PUBLIC CONVENIENCES:
There are two sets of public toilets in Aberdaron. One by the car park and the other along the promenade.
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