Tryfan Rhiw

  Holiday Cottage on the Llŷn Peninsula


Local History


Tryfan is situated between Rhiw and Aberdaron. Rhiw is one of the highest villages on the Llŷn Peninsula with views of Llŷn, Anglesey, South Wales, Snowdonia and even Ireland on clear days.

Aberdaron is closely associated with Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island), with daily trips from Porth Meudwy (Fisherman’s Cove), in the summer when the weather is favourable.  You can enjoy a meal at Y Gegin Fawr, where the pilgrims used to stay before crossing to Bardsey. If you go upon the headland, the tip of the Llŷn peninsula (Mynydd Mawr in Uwchmynydd), you can see Bardsey across the Sound, as well as the rest of Llŷn. It is well worth crossing the Sound to enjoy the tranquillity of the island, where it is said that twenty thousand saints are buried.

At the foot of Mynydd Mawr, the ruins of St. Mary’s Church can still be seen, and down in the cliffs is St. Mary’s Well, where the pilgrims would wash their feet before crossing the treacherous sound to reach the holy island of Bardsey.

The sea has always been important to the people of Llŷn. The fishermen go for their pots, hoping for a good catch of lobsters and crabs as well as other fish.

Many ships were wrecked in Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth) in the old days, and it is said that the locals would take rings and anything else off the bodies that were washed ashore from the wrecks.

There is evidence of early settlement in the area, including hill forts, a cromlech and a Stone Age Axe Factory. The ancient Church of Saint Hywyn is almost on the beach in Aberdaron, and is open daily. The famous poet and nationalist, R. S. Thomas was vicar here for a number of years, and when he retired he lived in a cottage above Hell’s Mouth, near Plas yn Rhiw.

It has recently been suggested that Owain Glyndwr signed a secret agreement between himself, Edward Mortimer and the Earl of Northumberland, in Aberdaron in 1405. The agreement was signed in the house of the Dean of Bangor and set in writing how they would share the land of Wales and England if they defeated Henry IV, King of England. They were not successful, but if they had, the history of Wales and England would have been different.

According to the authors of ‘Journey to Avalon’, there is a connection between this area and King Arthur – that Bardsey is Avalon and that the Battle of Camelot was fought at Cadlan (between Rhiw and Aberdaron).

Come and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful peninsula. Hear the Welsh language, walk the coastal path, use the cycle route, enjoy all sorts of water sports, relax on the beaches and treat yourself to local food from our farms and the sea around us.   


All images by Tony Jones


Further details available from Mrs. Menna Jones  Tel 01758 780 269