by Hannah Craven
Places to Visit
Llangrannog is a village and community in Ceredigion. Just six miles from the popular town of New Quay, it’s a great place for family days out by the seaside.
There are eight bays at Llangrannog that can be explored, when the tide is out, if you don’t mind getting a little wet! If the tide is in, you can always walk the Ceredigion Coastal Path which begins at a fairly steep set of stairs by the Patio Caf”. This is a beautiful coastline and the view is well worth the climb. At Lochtyn Head – if you’re lucky – you may even see the local Cardigan Bay Bottlenose Dolphins.
Want to find out more about this idyllic corner of Ceredigion? We’ve put together a guide to exploring the local area…
There are two parts to the village, the older upper part, Church Village contains the St. Caranogs Church, the Y Gerwn Waterfall, a free car park and a shop. Lower Llangrannog or Beach Village, was originally a small commercial port but is now given over entirely to tourism, the result of having a small, very sheltered pebble and golden sand beach. The village has two pubs, two restaurants and a general store.
There is also a car park, but there is a charge in the summer months for using this. It has also to be said that finding a parking space is almost impossible at the height of the tourist season. There is access to Cilborth Bay (the second of Llangrannog’s bays) from the coastal path or by walking from Llangrannog’s main bay, past Carreg Bica.
Carreg Bica (Bica’s Rock) is a landmark rock, separating the main beach from Cilborth Bay. Legends say it is the tooth of the giant Bica, who lived in the local area and spat it out after a bad toothache! Love a good opportunity to get on the waves? Surfers have now discovered that Cilborth Bay is better than Llangrannog’s main beach – although we’ll let you decide for yourself.
There is a variety of tourist attractions and activities near Llangrannog.
There is a nine-hole par 31 golf course (Cwmrhydneuadd Golf Club), an absolutely unique museum devoted to internal combustion and steam engines, and the only ski slope in Ceredigion & Pembrokeshire.
New Quay is the nearest town with a range of shops, not just souvenir and amusement arcades, but clothing, guitar, pound shops and a newsagent. There are also a number of boat trips available from Newquay Harbour that will either take you dolphin watching or fishing.
After an exhilarating day of exploring the Coastal Path, why not enjoy one of the local pubs at Llangrannog?
The Ship Inn at Llangrannog has recently been refurbished and serves fresh locally caught fish, all year round, local real ales, and a good selection of wines and other beverages.
They also try to get as much local organic produce as possible for their menu.
The Pentre Arms is situated right on the seafront and enjoys fantastic views across Llangrannog, from the large bay window at the bar.
They also sell fresh fish throughout the high season, and a good selection of beverages, including real ales.
The Patio Restaurant serves light meals and has a fantastic selection of homemade ice creams (recommended!) The “Beach Hut” also sells light lunches and has an attached fish & chip takeaway. It hosts live bands in the Summer months.
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