Nant-y-Big

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Cliff-top, back-to-basics camping, located slap bang on the Wales Coastal Path with exquisite views and space for children to play

A campsite with a view? You’ve heard it all before, right? However the unforgettable scenery greeting campers upon arrival at Nant-y-Bîg is so much more than just a pleasant backdrop. This family-run, environmentally-aware campsite is situated slap-bang on the Llŷn Peninsula, a remarkable region known as the “Edge of Wales” – and if you like walking on the edge, you’ll no doubt love pitching your tent in the fields of Nant-y-Bîg.

First thing to decide is where to camp? Guests have three options. There’s a section with electrical hook-ups (no coastline views here, but it’s only a 10–15 minute walk to the beach); a second meadow has panoramic seaside views of Cardigan Bay, while there’s also a third area just above the surf-friendly Porth Ceiriad beach. The majority of pitches are flat, well-maintained and provide plenty of space for the kids to roam. Check the weather report upon arrival; if wind is predicted (and out on an pointy peninsula boy does it get windy!) ask for a more sheltered spot. Nant-y-Bîg’s cheerful owner Dylan displays the latest forecast in his tastefully converted reception area, housed in one of the old farm stables.

Facilities here are simple but well looked after. There’s a newish shower block and the toilets are kept clean, and although facilities aren’t the reason campers visit this unique corner of Britain, the site isn’t actually that far from civilisation. Abersoch (2 miles away) comes alive in summer with an influx of surfers, boaties and beachbums. Fringed by lush green hills, the picturesque village has a decent selection of pubs, cafés and restaurants, with some overlooking the pretty harbour.

If you enjoy coastal walking then Nant-y-Bîg is your Eden. The relationship between the Llŷn Peninsula’s steep hills and seaside makes for intoxicating stuff. There’s wildlife a-plenty – keep your eyes peeled for the bay’s famous dolphins – and the peninsula is an important spot for migratory birds in particular. But be warned; when Mother Nature gets herself in a bad mood, ramblers are a wee bit exposed, so make sure you bring a spare pair of socks and a waterproof jacket. That said, the weather can change quickly; and when the sun reappears, illuminating the full, broad blue of the Irish Sea, you’ll be ever so glad you came.

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Facilities

Pitches spread across 3 large fields (2 with sea views). One is away from the sea but has the advantage of electrical hook-ups – with 8 showers, 6 toilets, 2 urinals and 8 washbasins, plus a dish-washing area. If you’re more keen on the views, then the ‘Panoramic’ or ‘Near the Beach’ areas are the better picks, with only 60 pitches over 9 acres of land. Facilities are basic but always clean. The toilet block for the ‘Panoramic’ area is down behind reception and has 4 toilets, 6 toilets, 2 urinals and 4 washbasins. The ‘Near the Beach’ fields have a simple toilet block with 3 toilets, 3 washbasins and a urinal. BBQs permitted off the ground but no campfires. Coin-operated washing machine and tumble-dryer. Ice-pack freezing, Wi-Fi and mobile phone-charging available.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs (on a lead at all times) – yes. Groups – no.

Nearby

The site is ideally located for easy access to the Wales Coast Path. At the western tip of the Llŷn Peninsula is the former fishing village of Aberdaron. The old stone cottages are spotless; in fact visitors would be forgiven for believing the village was freshly painted. The fifth century church of St Hywyn (01758 760659) sits at the edge of the sea and comes steeped in Welsh history. Don’t leave without taking a peek at the curious pair of carved stones displayed against the north-east wall. These boulders are thought to be the gravestones of two early priests, Senacus and Veracius. Bardsey Boat Trips (07971769895, Mordeithiau Enlli in Welsh) operates passenger ferries between Porth Meudwy and Bardsey Island. The journey takes about 20 minutes and passengers are advised to keep eyes peeled for birds, seals, and (if you're lucky) puffins.

Food & Drink

Dylan, the owner, knows all the best local places, including The Sun Inn (01758 712660) and and Zinc (01758 713433) in Abersoch – bookings at both are recommended. Boasting breathtaking views across Yr Eifl and Snowdonia, Ty Coch Inn (01758 720498) looks out onto the Irish Sea and is well worth the 30 minute drive. It can only be accessed by walking across the sands from Morfa Nefyn or through a local golf course. The Ship Inn (01758 760204) at Aberdaron serves outstanding food in an intimate, wall-to-wall carpeted, front-room-style setting. Alternatively, Venetia (01758 713354) is an upmarket option and a superb choice for a special occasion - regarded as one of the best restaurant's in Wales. Reservations are recommended. Otherwise, try The Sun Inn (01758 712 660) in Llanengan, a country pub within two miles walk, serving traditional pub grub and 'a la carte' dishes.

Opening Times

Easter–end of October.

Family Friendly

Potentially dangerous rip tides can occur on Porth Ceiriad beach.

The Owner Says

Nant-y-Bîg has been a family-run camping and caravan site for over 90 years, and is the only campsite positioned by beautiful Porth Ceiriad beach, one of the most picturesque but lesser known beaches on the Llŷn Peninsula. Our Panoramic area is the flagship of our three camping areas, the views of the beach, Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia are why this area got its name. There is ample space for pitching a tent or parking your campervan / motorhome as near or as far from other campers as you like making Panoramic a great option for a quieter stay.

Our site is 2.5 miles from the village of Abersoch where you can stock up on the essentials in the SPAR or Londis or have a bite to eat or a drink in one of the bars or restaurants. The Llŷn Peninsula has a plethora of places to visit and things to do and our staff are happy to offer advice and assistance if you need it.

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Pitches

Grassy pitches spread across three large, separate campgrounds (two of which have sea views). Some electric hook-ups.

Location

Contact Nant-y-Big, Cilan, Abersoch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7DB

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Getting There

From Sarn Bach: head towards Cilan and after 600 metres you will see a small green metal shed on your left, the turning for Nant-y-Bîg is 30 metres up the road (also on your left). Proceed along the single-track road until you reach the site. Turn immediately right at the barrier system to arrive at the reception. Please use the intercom if no staff members are present, which is on the reception wall. Guests are advised not to rely on the sites postcode (for sat-navs) as there are 25 other properties with the same postcode within half a mile.

Pwllheli railway station is less than 10 miles away, with services operated by Arriva Trains Wales (0845 606 1660.) Trains depart from Pwllheli for Machynlleth, Shrewsbury or Birmingham, with occasional charter services also terminating at the station. The local bus service from Pwllheli passes the end of the lane to Nant-y-Bîg three times a day.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews

★★★★☆

Wales has no shortage of cracking costal campsites.

Reading up on the campsite expectations for Nant-y-Big were high and we were not disappointed, in fact our expectations were exceeded in almost every aspect. We stayed in the bottom field and the view was spectacular as well as providing easy access to the beach. The owner and staff are incredibly friendly and offer a very warm welcome. The loos etc are excellent and spotlessly clean. A vending machine offers the basics such as milk etc. at reasonable prices. Lots of walks, including the coastal path, are easily accessible from the campsite. The holiday was completed on the final day as we walked along the beach and a pod of Bottlenose dolphins put on a display barely 20 yards from us. However, in our opinion, there is a problem as the slope in the bottom field is dramatic (cannot comment on the other fields and they may very well be different in this respect). Stayed on sloping campsites before and it has never really been a problem, but in this case it seems impossible to find a spot that does not have a gradient in both directions. When we arrived nobody else was in the field and we had a free choice of where to pitch but still had a considerable slope front-to-back with a lesser one right-to-left (though still very noticeable). The third campers arrived and they preferred to stay in the car park (a big No No apparently, but cannot say I blame them). To give some idea as to the slopes we are talking about; a football placed on the ground started rolling away, bottles of Coke and milk kept falling over and items placed on a smooth surface started sliding away at the merest vibration. This field is screaming out for a bit of terracing, if this were the case this site would be absolutely perfect. Due to these slopes (which is neither mentioned in the owner’s comments above nor on the website) this is a 4 rather than 5-star site. I genuinely feel guilty about docking a star because everything else about Nant-y-Big is absolutely spot on and we will stay again...but only for a couple of nights at most as it actually felt good to get back on reasonably level ground.
Jul 13, 2019 by GreenCamper
★★★★★

An amazing stay

My partner and I stayed at Nant-y-Big for four days in late September. There was only one other tent in the three camping fields and we were encouraged to pitch our tent wherever we liked. This spot really is incredibly beautiful and the views from the 'Panoramic' field were simply breathtaking. The absence of anyone else added to the feeling of being 'away from it all'. Mr Jones, the owner, his son Dylan and his team made us feel very welcome. The showers and toilets were basic but very clean. These facilities were a bit of a walk from where we pitched but that was our choice - you either have stunning views or be close to the bathroom! Nearby Porth Ceiriad beach is a gem - clean and secluded. Again we were the only people on it during our evening walk with the dogs. We spent quite a bit of time watching the choughs and buzzards flying over the cliffs. Light pollution here is almost nil and consequently the spectacle of stars at night was awesome. No shops or playgrounds here. At no time did we feel we were at a campsite - it was more like being allowed to stay in a farmer's field in the middle of a landscape that consisted solely of stunning views. We had a great stay here. I would recommend the site to anyone who likes a quiet campsite in a magnificent location. We will definitely be returning, but please don't come at the same time as us!
Sep 22, 2016 by Chiltsy
★★★★★

Great location

Stayed here in May 2016. The site is about 2miles from Abersoch and is easy to find. The best thing about this site is that it is really close to a beach called porth craith (I think it's called that) which if not staying at the campsite is quite hard to access, this makes it a quiet beach compared to Abersoch. The site has mobile toilets and showers that have been put in place permanently. These are better quality than most static shower w/c blocks I have used and are very clean and well looked after. The staff I dealt with we're fantastic and very friendly, actually gives the site a nicer atmosphere. The views are great from this site, I will definitely be returning.

May 17, 2016 by Alex schofield
★★★★★

So peaceful

Stayed in the panoramic field. Bit of a walk to the loos but totally worth it for the view over the bay. Really relaxed atmosphere and the warden was so friendly and helpful. The coast walk to Abersoch is spectacular. Our little dog was knackered at the end of it but we all really enjoyed it. 

The showers and toilets are clean and the cleaner seemed to be around and about frequently. 

It is a steep downhill walk to the beach but you can go round the top of the campsite rather than down the big hill which has less of an incline. The beach is unspoilt and clean. 

Aug 3, 2015 by pipskinears
★★★★★

5 stars

This trip surpassed all our expectations.  There were the most amazing views from the panoramic campsite of the beach and coastline.   Fantastically friendly owners that were on hand to provide local information.  Proactive and patrolling around- especially at night to make sure the campsite was quiet and comfortable for all.   11pm noise curfew which was just right for us.   Ask for the best place to buy local seafood and you might be in luck if one of their relatives have been out to their pots for the day and got some fresh crab or lobsters.  We had it on the beach at sunset- cracking open the seafood with the rocks at the back of the beach.  We visited a few beaches on that peninsula and thought that this was by far the best- really isolated with only local people in the know or from the campsite, clean, sandy and unspoilt.    Really clean and modern shower and toilet facilities.  Would highly recommend.

May 29, 2015 by Bing
★★★★★

Gorgeous!

We stayed here over Easter weekend 2015 and were almost alone on the high field overlooking the beautiful and empty beach of Porth Ceiriad. The view was spectacular here. It was a few minutes walk down to the facilities but what's a few minutes walk in this scenery? Toilets and showers are spotless and warm. Walk around the coastal path to Abersoch but then return to the blissful peace of the campsite.

Apr 8, 2015 by COldham

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