Monday, 14 September 2015

Port Dinllaen

The local weather forecast for the week is a mix of cloud, rain and sunshine, rather changeable. It's hard to check regularly as this area suffers from lack of good connectivity, whether by landline or by mobile phone. The advertised wi-fi at our holiday let is non-existent, either too slow or too congested with other users to let us log on to the hotspot SSID displayed. It's rather frustrating, and reminds me of how it was in Aberteifi town when we holidayed there a couple of years ago.

It was a day to explore local shores, however, with more sunshine and blue skies than cloud. We drove to Morfa Nefyn the next village, and thence to nearby Porth Dinllaen beach car park, to walk on the coastal path along the peninsula through an impressively sited golf course, as far as we could go. There was a colony of a dozen or so cormorants inhabits the tiny offshore promontory of Carreg Ddu, offering some rewarding photos.

We returned along the shore path to the Ty Coch Inn for a superb pub lunch with local craft brewed ale. It's a secluded unspoilt hamlet right on the water's edge, with an interesting history. This and the neighbouring Nefyn bay were once home to herring fishing and fishing boat construction. A bid was made in the early nineteenth century to attract the main ferry to Ireland to this sheltered bay, but lost out to Holyhead, across the water in Anglesey. The Ty Coch pub and out-buildings were intended to  be a point of departure for travellers to Ireland, but the venture failed, leaving the peninsula as a rural backwater when fishing and boat building declined, until the arrival of the golf course, and modern tourism. 

A lovely day of walking, concluded with an excellent shared meal and conversation. We're taking turns to cook for each other.

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