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Nefyn is a small seaside town (population 2,600) on the north-west coast of the Llyn Peninsula with a with harbour, museum and a graceful crescent of sand. The name Nefyn is thought to derive from the Irish/Gaelic name Nevin or Cnaimhín. 'Nevin' as a name generally translates as 'Little Saint'. Nefyn is another form of Nyfain, an early Welsh female saint.

The Llyn Maritime Museum tells the story of the peninsula’s often stormy relationship with the sea. The sea has always been an important part of the economy of Nefyn and fishing, particularly for herring, became the prime trade for most of the 18th and 19th centuries - so much so that the town's coat of arms bears three herrings.

The beach leads to picturesque Porthdinllaen, originally a fishing port based around a natural harbour at the west end of a bay. There are only about two dozen buildings at Porthdinllaen, with the Ty Coch pub the centre of the village and visitors must walk across the beach from Morfa Nefyn or across the golf course on top of the headland, past the Iron Age hillfort.

Nefyn’s famous (and fearsome) headland golf course is not for the faint hearted – it’s like playing off the deck of an aircraft carrier. For walkers, the village is an ideal base midway along Llyn’s north coast path.


Pwllheli Tourist Information Centre


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Map reference: SH 307405  Lat: 52.93581 Long: -4.51997

A487 south from Caernarfon, onto the A499 signed for Pwllheli and right B4417 for Nefyn.

Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Pwllheli station