Llanllawen Fawr, Aberdaron, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8BY
It almost seems as though Mynydd Mawr lies on the very edge of the known world, at the far western tip of the Llyn Peninsula. In glorious isolation, it’s sheltered from the prevailing winds, but has a stunning view out across to Bardsey Island.
Once upon a time, the island was an important pilgrimage destination and it was thought that a quick trip across the water to it could possibly save your soul. They obviously knew a thing or two back then, because in our busy world, a camping pilgrimage to Mynydd Mawr could very well do the same job.
This out-of-the-way place rarely gets crowded; the site is small, the rugged scenery is massive and there is an overwhelming feeling of being hugged by Mother Nature – now there’s a thought. One of the most noticeable things about this place is the silence or, possibly more accurately, the lack of noise. Of course you can hear the sea, the birds and the wind, but the lack of cars, aeroplanes, and boats, even, has the unusual effect of an obvious – but welcome – silence. Listening to the silence may seem like an odd thing to do, but you just can’t help yourself here.
If late-evening strolls are your thing, then Mynydd Mawr is the place to do it. The walk from the campsite to the westernmost extremity of the Llyn, to watch the sun plunge into the red western sky, is one of life’s finest privileges. Anyway, enough of this dreamy contemplation – there is a lengthy inventory of scenery out there awaiting campers’ inspection.
The Llyn Peninsula Coastal Path passes the site (it couldn’t really avoid it) and offers the opportunity to stride off along the edge of the world to Aberdaron in one direction or to Porth Oer in the other. Aberdaron has a café or two, a pub, a nice beach, a quaint little church and the chance to get on a boat to visit Bardsey Island. To call Aberdaron a resort would be ludicrous, but after the isolation of Mynydd Mawr, it feels almost like re-entry into the world. You can even buy an ice cream there and rent a chair on the beach.
The walk to Porth Oer along the northern and western fringe is among a much bigger and wilder landscape, with 240-metre cliffs plunging into the restless waters, while Porth Oer, about four very rough miles away, is a soft, inviting place of golden sands.
The Llyn Peninsula isn’t the kind of place to go if you’re seeking bright lights and entertainment and Mynydd Mawr lies at the very bottom of this scenic cul-de-sac, so getting elsewhere will never be achieved quickly on the narrow, bumpy roads.
Wherever you venture on the lovely Llyn, to return to Mynydd Mawr for that sunset stroll – and to listen again to that sound of silence – it’s a haunting experience.
The Owner Says
Excellent site lovely place great people
just back today had two nights here, everything is really good and the site is in a fantastic spot with great views, lovely cafe and toilets are spotless, definately going back.
Went here with my dad for a couple of nights, did some lovely easy but scenic walks around the immediate area. I'd recommend the walk down to 'St Mary's Well' natural spring as it's right on the campsites doorstep. Also the short drive to Whistling Sands which is a very sheltered and beautiful beach. Campsite is the perfect location for a peaceful getaway (except at night it can get pretty windy!!) bear in mind that there is no phone signal or internet (I liked that there were no distractions). Toilet block beautifully clean and well stocked, can imagine it might get busy during holidays but it was very quiet during our visit. 50p showers were nice and hot. Washing up liquid provided at the washing up station was a really nice touch and we were grateful as we had forgotten ours! There's also a small freezer there too. We didn't get to try out the cafe, I think it's only open on weekends/during peak times which is understandable. Only a short drive to Aberdaron for food where there's a Spar shop & fair few eateries- we loved pizza on the beach! Will recommend & visit again! Thanks
We only booked on this site two weeks ago. We had looked at the reviews and absolutely agree that Robert and Carol are kind, friendly hosts who work really hard. The views are beautiful, plenty of walks and exploring for active young teenagers with no/limited WiFi access. The toilet blocks are always clean, remember your 50 pence pieces for the shower: 50p for an economical shower, £1 for a teenager or soak 😉 At the end of a busy day on the site, it's not a bad idea to have loo roll with you. The cafe is wonderful, and the home made cakes are delicious 😋 We will definitely return, we wanted to switch off from work and have quality time with the kids and this campsite is perfect for that. We will revisit.
Total relaxation, great walks
We stayed for four nights as part of a week long stay in the llyn area, it wasn't long enough, we only touched the surface. We had an overnight thunderstorm, but otherwise had cags on for 5 minutes over the four days. We walked from the site to Aberdaren along the road, very quiet, it took about 11/2 hours. Its a bit longer on the coast path but better views. We saw a Hare about 10 feet away fro us in a field. We also saw a pod of about 10 dolphins while on one of the beaches only about 30 feet away. All in all a wonderful experience. We will definitely return to the site on our next visit, great afternoon tea in the on site café. Thanks to the owners for making our experience so enjoyable.
Lovely site with good facilities
My husband and I stayed here over bank holiday weekend. Great site with a lovely little cafe and access to spectacular scenery and a sea view. Toilet block was clean, you don't get many sites where the owners are cleaning at midnight! The owners couldn't have been more helpful. I would reccomend this just be warned the walk back from Aberdaeron is steep but the village is worth a visit.
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Peace & Perfection
Drive as far as you can down the Llyn Peninsula and on the left, before the cattle grid is a little peace of Heaven overlooking Bardsey Island.The campsite is the most peaceful I have stayed at with one of the best views. If you like stargazing step out at night and look up, you'll have never seen as many stars as you will here.
There is a new shower/toilet block which is regularly cleaned and also has a family shower/toilet room. Showers are 50p for 3 mins and you have your own changing cubicle with the shower.
There are washing up facilities which also includes an under-counter Freezer for icepacks etc (no charge).
There is a café on-site that does everything from soft drinks, tea, coffee, bacon butties and the ever faithful full English.
There are electric hook-ups for caravans, campervans & tents.
In summary: Views, Peace, Clean and Tidy, Friendly. I stayed there before and I'll be back again.
This is a great little campsite, at the end of a long narrow road it feels really isolated from the world. Just you and the sheep and the sunset. It’s really an experience to sit and watch the sunset over Bardsey Island with a glass of wine. The views are amazing. The road carries on up the hill to a viewpoint and it’s the perfect place to get on the beautiful coastal path.
You just arrive and pitch up. The first couple of times I stayed here, the owner came around in the evening to collect his money but they’ve since opened a little café, so now you can pay in there. Really friendly people. You can also pay at the farmhouse.
It’s basic, but has everything you need and want. Clean toilets, showers, sink etc. And it’s quiet, many times I’ve had the place all to myself. I haven’t been in a peak holiday season but I was told that they open an extra field and more toilets.
It can get pretty windy though (more than once the wind has got the better of me and I’ve come home early in fear of losing my tent, so it’s advisable to bring some sturdy tent pegs), but it’s well worth it. I’m really looking forward to another visit.
We have just came back from our very first ever touring caravan stay....and I have to say the easiness and friendliness at this beautiful and spotless campsite made everything just so much more enjoyable (well apart from the weather) I would recommend this site if you like peace tranquility and stunning surroundings coupled with clean friendly and stress free hospitality we will definitely be returning here many times in the future :-)
Just returned from a fantastically relaxing week staying at Mynydd Mawr. This campsite is a gem, one of the best I've stayed at in many years of camping. If you're looking for peace, superb coastal scenery and a great base for walks and bike rides, then I can't recommend this site strongly enough. The owners, Robert and Carol are delightful; they couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. Ask Robert about the day trips to Bardsey Island. We look forward returning to Mynydd Mawr in the future.
Great little campsite!
We headed for Aberdaron and Mynydd Mawr on Friday after a recommendation from a friend to try camping in this area, the Llyn Penisula. We were so pleased that we did. On arrival we were stunned at the amazing coastal views from our tent pitch on the field opposite the main area with the cafe! The peace and quiet was unbelievable, the stars were great, the cafe and cooked breakfast was lovely and genuinely we just had such a relaxing time here. The facilities, ie, wash up, toilets, showers etc were all fine for our requirements! What we would like to say is the hospitality of Robert was heart warming. This man is genuinely a lovely kind person and to be honest you made our stay with your hospitality! Thank you so much and we shall be back x Michelle and Gary
Just returned from a fabulous week at Mynydd Mawr. Robert and Carol are so welcoming and friendly. Nothing is too much trouble. The site is very clean, well run and so peaceful. Our two red setters had a wonderful time with so many walks direct from the site. And the views are to die for. Looking forward to returning soon.
Wanted to get away for Easter weekend. Arrived at Mynydd Mawr and first impressions, looks lovely and happy friendly owner showed us to our pitch. Yes the weather all weekend was good the site was very clean and everything you wanted to hand. A must to stay at and take a walk and admire the views !! O and the sunset......... Words can't describe how beautiful it was. Basically if you're wanting to get away from the hassles of everyday life get yourself down here and chill out . Looking forward to another vist. Diolch Robart & Carol
camper van heaven
This place is a real find. You can't help but relax here and the the feeling of calm soaks into you over a few days. We go in an old VW camper take everything we need to eat, drink and entertain ourselves with, and let the magnificent views and fresh air work their magic.
If you go when the cafe is open (easter onwards I think) then I recommend the breakfast - really nicely cooked and fairly priced. I seem to remember the pots of tea are pretty big as well! The owners are always friendly - he even sat in his car and waited until 10 at night for us once just to make sure the electric hook up would work for us.
Washing up facilities are ok - simple, clean and plenty of hot water. The showers are ok although they did go a bit hot and cold - the sound of my wife squealing and screaming was worth it though! I haven't laughed so much in months! I've seen people moaning about the 50p charge but to be honest, it's on long enough to get a decent shower and it also means that people get on with it rather than taking hours.
If you want somewhere to have endless windy walks, truly stunning scenery and a basic but clean and friendly site, then give this a go. This really is a 'get away from it all' place. We can't wait to get back and when the stresses of life kick in again, I'll think of those cliff tops and work out how long it will be.
Dont tell too many !
Not sure we should spread the word about this little gem. We are regular campers and have visited this site many times over the years. This site is all about location. The hedgerow at the rear of the site adjoins the Llyn coastal path and you are pitched within metres of a site of special scientific interest. Walk in one direction and the path takes you towards Anelog Mountain and Whispering Sands beach, walk in the other and you pass through Fishermans cove and on to Aberdaron. Drop down from the campsite to the coastline and you pass the footings of an Abbey and arrive at St Marys Well. Should you choose to follow the concrete road to the top of Mynydd Mawr you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Bardsay Island and Cardigan Bay and if you sit there long enough you may be lucky enough to spot some dolphins. The location is a sea fishermans paradise. The site is the most Westerly on the peninsular yet within a short drive (or half hour walk if
the pub is on the agenda!) of Aberdaron, which has all of the facilities you may need to make your holiday complete and a wonderful safe bathing beach. The site itself is very well maintained and clean and the facilities are more than adequate. Sometimes you are just too relaxed to start up the camping stove and prior to our latest visit the owners Robert and Carol had added a very well appointed café and for us as campers, the opportunity for a hot Welsh breakfast and home made cakes and teas had the added bonus of enabling us to meet some of the other campers at the same time. As always Robert and Carol could not do enough for us. Next season just cannot come soon enough.
Mynydd Mawr & Bardsey Island
This campsite is really one of the best I stay at. There are endless sites across the country offering every amenity but this location offers one of the most stunning environments in the UK and Robert & Carol offer a clean, comfortable, affordable way of participating in the experience. I come here frequently, both in a tent and a campervan. There's hot water, clean showers and toilets, plenty of taps and hook-ups. There's also a little cafe serving breakfast after you've walked the dog up to the coastguard station overlooking Bardsey Island. It's my idea of a proper campsite.
splendid stay here for two weeks
We arrived here during the heat wave at the start of the school summer holidays with our larger tent with electric hook up. While the lads erected the tent, Carol offered me a lovely mug of tea. Unfortunately we had forgotten our cable and Bob was very helpful with advice and the next day we obtained a replacement from the camping & caravan shop rear of the High St in Porthmadog – a very useful store.
After this mad rush around we settled down to a wonderful relaxing holiday the site offered all we required. Wonderful walking in any direction the views are breath taking and if you luckily fishing for the BBQ. You will discover this is the most wonderful place in Wales and perhaps the country in our view its outshines Cornwall & Devon. We like those honey pots it will makes sure this area remains quite and unspoiled.
The coastal walk to the village is in easy walk and with every turn you will meet with wonderful views. The beauty and nature along with the history are outstanding. A visit to the church is a must – you are met with peaceful and spiritual environment.
We were here during the unforeseeable, 2-day-long main water burst. Campers were disappointed – we can fully understand that the cafe was closed during these two days. After all what could Bob & Carol have done? However we were informed the neighbouring site provided emergency water & dealt with the WC"s blockages with buckets of water. In hindsight, a lesson may be leant here – better communication.
I read among the reviews about the showers; but come on girls, your mothers are not here to clean up after you! Please wipe the floor clean after use and, to the lady who washes her dog, don't leave inches of excess water on the floor.
It's a great site and with some little touches it makes all the difference. Some soap left in the facilities and the visitors leave the showers how you would like to use them. Bring your own extra toilet roll – you never know how busy it will get.
We would like to say a big thank you to both Bob & Carol for a wonderful stay here and we will shall return. Thank you.
Peace and quiet
A great little campsite in a fabulous location, with a beautiful view over the sea. Facilities are clean, owner is friendly, and the far end of the Llyn Peninsula offers some of the best coastal walks in Wales. Great for watching wildlife, enjoying the sunset and generally getting away from it all. We will definitely return!
A Brilliant Fortnight
We (that is myself, my wife and our dog) have just returned from a brilliant 16 night stay in our VW camper on a site that has everything you could want - very friendly and helpful owners - decent toilets, showers and washup - a cafe with great tea and scones - fantastic views and walks, both long and short, a lovely walk on part of the Wesh Coast Path will get you to Aberdaron where all your needs are met (shops, post office, places to eat and of course a couple of decent pubs - and the beach which is dog friendly all year round).
We were looking straight out of the van across the sea to Bardsey Island, with the incredible sunsets and the general peace and quiet, this location is something else. If you are interested in history, nature, walking, (and dare I say fishing ho!ho!) then we experienced all these during our stay, plus loads more.
All of this for £12 per night - we'd still be there if it wasn't for other committments - we will definately be back - SOON!!
I recently booked a six night stay for a tent with electric hook up via the site's website and had this confirmed by owner as per prices quoted on website (tent pitch £8 per night and £1.50 per day for electric hook up).
Shocked on arrival that owner demanded additional payment (£12 per night) based on size of tent, (average) number of people (2) and £2 per day for electric hook up - this is not acceptable
Shower facilities and hot water supply in need of upgrading. Charge of 50p for a shower which runs hot and cold is excessive (neighbouring sites charge 20p).
Toilet rolls were only replaced twice during the six days I was on site.
Lovely location, outstanding views, shame about the penny pinching
Response from the campsite owner:
Prices on the website are from £8 per night (small 1 person tent). The gentleman was quoted £8 per night and £1.50 for hook-up. We did not demand any payment on arrival as we did not see the gentleman until the following morning when he told us that there would be another person joining him and asked how much it would cost. As he has stayed with us last July, we charged £9.50 + £1.50 to cover both persons. The tent was a medium 4 person tent. As for the meters in the shower block this is again 50p same as last year. We have not received any other complaint about the showers and hot water supply.Why return if the facilities were not to up to his satisfaction? Perhaps it's penny pinching on his behalf!
Loved the tranquility of this site and the fact that it stays quiet probably as quite exposed to the elements and has pretty basic facilities. Luckily for us we had brilliant weather. Aberdaron a lovely village and the bread in the bakery is just the best. Sea food restaurant looked worth visiting but we didn’t get the chance- cooked up our own lobster on site- now thats camping food at its best! Beaches near by are excellent.
I visited this campsite with three others on the August Bank Holiday weekend and despite only enquiring the weekend before we were still able to book two pitches (although it was still fairly busy, as you might expect). There are three fields at the site, two on one side of the road that have pitches with electric hookups, and another without on the opposite side, which was where we were. It is slightly sloping but the fantastic sea view more than made up for the incline. The description of "sheltered from the prevailing winds" is not one that I would use for the site, although the electric hookup pitches did look to have a bit more shelter (and a bit less of a spectacular view). It was quite a blustery weekend in general but our party returned from a morning walk to find a pole had snapped on my friend’s tent, and it looked like a couple of others had packed up and left early too. The owner of the campsite was really helpful and offered to go and fetch some spare poles to see if we could repair the tent, and after a bit of a botch job involving tweezers plus a needle and thread we were back in business. The following day the wind did calm down and we were able to enjoy cooking breakfast outside, overlooking the sea. Facilities wise, there are three portaloos in the field we stayed in plus a dedicated block in the lower fields with washing up sink, a men’s shower and a women’s shower, and four additional toilets (although two of these are in the shower rooms). When we arrived on the Saturday all the portaloos were fully stocked with soap and toilet roll and very clean, but as the weekend progressed they got fuller and less appealing. They were emptied and restocked once but for the volume of people on a bank holiday weekend this was probably not enough. I would think that at other, less busy, times of the year this would not be an issue. The walk along the coastal path to Aberdaron is enjoyable, although seems longer than the two miles mentioned by the campsite’s web page, and the walk back along the roads takes about 45 minutes. We ate at the Ship Inn, and the food was great although the portions were enormous, but the service was a little frantic. We also had drinks at another pub in Aberdaron with a lovely terrace by the sea. Back up at the campsite, if you walk to the hill (which I think is Myndd Mawr) or around to the right of it then you can watch a beautiful sunset over the horizon and possibly even see Ireland (or some land mass at least). Overall it is a lovely campsite and the one star deducted in the rating is to reflect the lack of shelter and the slightly inadequate facilities at peak times.