Llangrannog is a small village in the county of Ceredigion on the west coast of Wales. The village is located at the end of a narrow winding road. Many would pass it by on the way to the larger Welsh resorts of Aberporth and Newquay. But Llangrannog is the perfect location for either a family holiday, with one of the most picturesque beaches in Wales, or as a base for walking the miles of coastal paths.
The village squeezes into a narrow valley with a few cottages sprinkled about on the hillsides. The small seafront offers two cafes, two pubs (the Pentre Arms and the Ship) a general store and a small terrace of cottages. Yes, very small but perfectly formed.
Understandably car parking is tight in Llangrannog and there is a charge for parking in the pub car park but this has the advantage of putting you right on the seafront and when we visited there was an option to refund the parking charge against a meal in the Ship Inn. (Free parking is available some way back down the lane). The two cafes / restaurants are more than enough for such a small village, both serve a selection of meals ... the Patio Cafe also serves home made ice cream while the Beach Hut Cafe not only offers fish and chips to eat in or take away but the biggest mugs of tea in West Wales!
The general store, Siop Glynafon, supplies beach goods, souvenirs, buckets and spades, wet suits, children's surfboards and acts as an off licence.
Llangrannog Beach: However, the jewels in the crown of Llangrannog are the wonderful beaches. The main beach, Llangrannog beach or Traeth y Pentref, sits between two massive headlands and looks out past Carreg Bica (the huge rock) to the blue seas of Cardigan Bay. It is a glorious family friendly and sandy beach, great for a family fun day out.
Cilborth Beach: The second beach, Cilborth Beach, is another sandy cove and even more secluded than Llangrannog beach. However, unless you visit at low tide you will have to be very fit to reach Cilborth beach, as at high tide the beach is only accessible via some very steep steps. This beach is popular for surfing and water sports.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
All Wales Coastal Path and Ceredigion Coastal Path: 2008 marked the opening of the Ceredigion Coastal Path which cuts through the village of Llangrannog. The cliff top views are fantastic and one can be sure that more and more people will be finding this hidden gem of the Cardigan Coast, especially with the soon to be completed All Wales Coastal Path.
Mind you when I say “a hidden gem” I would be brought to task by all the present and past members of the Urdd, the Welsh youth movement, as thousands of their members have been enjoying holidays in Llangrannog for many years. Indeed, my wife Eira Wyn remembers holidaying here with the Urdd some 47 years ago!
A hodgepodge of text from our original web page: Llangranog holiday resort in Ceredigion on the Cardigan Bay coast; Carreg Bica the huge rock outcrop on Llangrannog Beach; Canoeing in Cardigan Bay; Surfing at Cilborth Beach; Miles of beautiful coastline at Llangrannog; Cilborth Beach, accessible at low tide or by very steep steps at high tide; Dolphin spotting along the Ceredigion coast; Pendinaslochdyn the hill above Llangrannog; Cardigan Bay coastline toward New Quay Head ; The island of Ynys Lochtyn; Looking north along the Cardigan Bay coastline toward New Quay Head, a glorious walk;The island of Ynys Lochtyn just a short walk from Llangrannog;St Caranog's Church Llangrannog.