Abersoch is a village in the county of Gwynedd in north Wales. Its an incredibly popular tourist destination for the summer months, for its stunning beaches and coastline. It has a varied landscape where beaches meet mountain ranges along the Llyn Peninsular and Snowdonia. Abersoch is home to some of the most stunning seaside in the UK.
Further north west lie the towns of Caernarfon and to the east, Porthmadog. The village of Abersoch is aptly named after the river ” The Afon Soch ” which runs through the town to the sea.
An old bygone fishing port Abersoch is more of a tourist destination and watersports centre these days. Sailing and Wakeboarding are very popular in the region as well as surfing at the infamous Porth Neigwl and Porth cariad. Within the wee town centre, Abersoch has become quite a highstreet with its independent surf, clothing and gift stores. It has a nice collection of restaurants, café and bars all within stones throw of one another. There Boat trips around St Tudwal’s Islands to see the seals and other wildlife are available from the village. Abersoch is also popular for its close proximity to Snowdonia National Park, with Snowdon being visible from Abersoch Bay on clear days. There is an 18-hole golf course.
Situated at the western end of the Llyn peninsular Abersoch is a seaside town with some beautiful coastal appeal. Between the beaches and mountains its vast beauty covers many spectrums. It has a very spiritual background with the mythical Island of Bardsey situated just off its shores, where Merlin the great wizard was supposed to have lived with a further 20, 000 saints buried on its shores and where three pilgrimages to bardsey where equivalent to one to Rome.
Beaches and coast
The main beaches that are frequented during summer months are Abersoch main beach, Porth Cariad and Porth Neigwl. Porth is welsh for beach (literall so im going to slowly introduce you to some of our language to make it easier to navigate around and to! There are no shortages of coast and beach though so don’t think you are limited to just those there..Further to the north on the northern side of the Llyn peninsular are Nefyn (See our guide), Aberdaron, Porth Din llaen
To of the list at Abersoch has to be the watersports with Dhingy sailing taking pole position. The Town has a rich sailing back ground with SCYC on the waterfront. Abersoch sailing week and Keelboat weeks is very popular in the summer months attracting many nice yachts from yacht clubs all over Wales to do battle on the water. Powerboating, SUP, windsurfing, surfing, wakeboarding, and may more watersports are very popular here. Most can be hired or rented on the beach fronts or at the local surf stores in the town.
Food and amenities
Plently of Deli sandwhiches shops, Fish and chip shops are dotted along the high street. If your after pub food you wont be disappointed either. The town has an excellent selection of pubs each with their own style. There are also a lot of more restaurants in the village, these have more than doubled since we where eating there after surfing at university!
The summer months
Busy times occupy Abersoch during the summer time. The Llyn on one of the top places to spend your time over the summer months, and with its peninsular the sun and the light are probably more amazing than Anglesey. Surfers, sailors and beach goers flock to the destination form some collective time out to recharge the batteries. There is a partculary good vibe there with all the holiday cottages and campsites fill up with excited people from the city keen to get to the beach or to explore the coast line. Sail boats fill the harbours on the swinging mourings and colourful dhingys fill the bays tacking back and fourth in the harbour.
I particularly love the views from Abersoch main beach down towards Barmouth, I simply think they are some of the best I have seen in the UK by a country mile. Restaunrants and pubs are very busy on weekends, when most of Abersoch’s clientele desend for their vacations.
Things to do when you stay here:
Make sure go visit Porth Ceriad, Hells mouth beach its a must!
Hire a surfboard fro West Coast Surf and go for a surf down at one of The Llyns top surf spots.
Go wake boarding for a taster session to Glasfryn waterpark
Hire a SUP (stand up paddle board) or Kayak an head around abersoch harbour.
Brought bikes? Then head for a cycle around one of the many areas cycle paths and routes
Places to see and do :
Go visit abersoch sailing school for some tuition to get you out on the water and go see some of the coast by sea..
What about a round of golf, head over to Abersoch golf club and take in the wonder full sights on a sunny day
What about a clay pidgeon shoot, head over to bob valentines Shooting school
Get on the water with Off Axis, whether its SUP of kayak get out on to the water and take a look at the Llyn from a different perspective
Head over to Festiniog railway for a ride from Porthmadog and enjoy the views all the way around the southern LLyn
Want a touch of art colour and culture in your life, then go and see Portmerion
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What we love to do there from a pure Locals perspective
We thought we would need to include what we get upto when we go there, also where we like to stay, where we like to eat and what we do.. I normally go to meet my Chester boys and have a guys weekend down there which can in normal circumstances turn out to be a little boozy! but its usually really good fun.
We normally drive down in the camper van on a Friday and I always pop to Trefor on the way down and sit on the beach and take in the vista of the mountains. After a pit stop there we drive down to Abersoch – I have to say I LOVE this drive it is one of my favourites in the whole of north Wales. We drive straight to Bryncelyn Uchaf Camping Site unpack, put the tent up and head out for some food to (Fish and chip shop) take the food back to the campsite. Play a little football and and ball games whilst having a drink or two.
We head over to the town for a dew drinks in the evening, normally visiting a few of the local pubs we get a taxi in and out using coastal cabs . Late nights are normally at. The next day we normally hit Abersoch main beach and more some kayaks out and head out for a paddle ad swim. We pick up sandwiches from SPAR a short walk from town, eat lunch together on the beach. Dinner we head out to a local place in town.
I love to go to the surf shop there West coast surf and see what the latest things are to come in as well as gawp over the latest new wetsuits and cool surf clothes they have in..
Drives home are always a downer- but we can go for a quick drive through a secret pass that almost no one knows on the LLyn peninsula at Nant Gwytheryn.. this place will blow your mind. Drive down is breath taking..and also not for those with height issues !
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We hope this bite sized blog is useful for you if your heading to Abersoch on your hols or maybe just doing some research on north Wales and its gems overall.. If you think there is something to add drop us a comment below and tell us what your favourite things are to do in Abersoch on your stay!?