Spark family adventure with North Wales’s natural landmarks

Spark adventure with a family tour of North Wales’s natural landmarks

We’re exploring North Wales' showstopper natural landmarks to spark your family's curiosity!

Buzzing bees, sizzling barbecues, and sun-dappled scenery – the joy of May bank holiday is gently approaching. Whether you're looking to fish the coasts of Anglesey, scale the peaks of Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon), or test your knowledge of local history – North Wales is bursting with natural landmarks to spark your family’s curiosity.

Read on and be inspired…

South Stack Island and Lighthouse

Built in 1809, the South Stack lighthouse is a beacon of maritime history and natural beauty – sitting on its own tiny island off the coast of Anglesey. An impressive landmark, the lighthouse is enveloped with dramatic coastal views and a deep-rooted history – a just reward for climbing the 400 steps to the top!

Guided tours offer insight into the landmark’s vital role in ensuring safe passage for ships navigating the Irish Sea. It’s described by visitors as “beautiful in the sunshine, exhilarating in a storm, and eerie at night” – the latter emphasised once you the hear ghostly tales of shipwrecked sailors.

If you're looking for a family-sized fix of Welsh history, coastal scenery, and even a spot of sea-birdwatching – a trip to the South Stack Lighthouse is a must.

Why not top off the day with an al fresco barbecue on the terrace at Sandown House – our showstopper hideaway with South Stack on its doorstep.

Aberffraw estuary

With a population of just 620, Aberffraw is a small village resting just before the Afon (river) Ffraw meets the sea. Here, you’ll find sweeping dunes, sandy beaches, and coastal wildlife along the estuary.

The village itself is ripe for a good old fashioned wander around, from the village hall to Aberffraw’s church, art gallery, traditional pub, and tea rooms. After a coffee and cake refuel, why not lace up your boots for a stomp around Coed Cwr Y Pwll national forest – just a 7 minute drive away.

A day of exploring is always well rounded off with a trip to the Oystercatcher restaurant – dog-friendly with a tempting menu. We recommend their signature ‘Welsh tapas’!

Perched on the Aberffraw estuary is Min y Don – our colourful Bolthole for four, and a wonderful location for exploring the south and west coasts of Anglesey.

Nefyn Beach

Burrowed in the north coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, you’ll find the charming village of Nefyn – and with it, the lapping waves of Nefyn beach.

Here, why not cast a line off the jetty at Porth Nefyn and spark a love of fishing within your family – be sure to have your licences sorted in advance! Fish include plaice, dabs, cod, haddock, rays, and bass, but it’s best to get the little ones started with some smaller catches – mackerel and whiting are just the trick.

For those less inclined to fish, relish the simplicity of lazing on the beach as a family, building sandcastles, exploring rock pools, or collecting seashells. The shallow waters offer safe swimming and paddling for little ones, while adventurous spirits can try their hand at surfing or paddleboarding.

With its unspoiled charm and friendly atmosphere, Nefyn Beach promises timeless moments by the sea.

Jump from bed to beach with Hen Dafarn – our holiday cottage for 6 with inspiring views of the beach.

Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon)

Standing proudly at 3,560 feet, Wales’s most towering natural landmark is of course the magnificent Yr Wyddfa – known as Mount Snowdon to many of its half a million annual visitors.

As the highest peak in Wales, Yr Wyddfa beckons adventurers of all ages, and rewards with breathtaking vistas along your journey to the summit. With an assortment of potential trails, from gentle strolls to challenging climbs, it’s easy to tailor a visit to your family’s skill levels.

Beyond its natural beauty, Yr Wyddfa boasts rich folklore, with tales of dragons and ancient Celtic myths woven into its rugged landscape. It’s a mystical day out for families seeking a real sense of adventure!

Once conquered, descend to Mount Pleasant and put your feet up for a well-deserved rest.

With spring well in swing, North Wales is ripe and ready to spark your family’s curiosity. After a long day of adventures, nothing beats hunkering up together in one of our welcoming Boltholes to share your tales by warming fire. Head here to plan your escape.