Llangrannog is named after St Crannog, and a statue of him made by a local artist now stands on the edge of the north-facing cliff at the side of the bay. The sandy beach is popular with families and surfers and is a great place to relax and watch for dolphins out at sea. There is a distinctive rock on the shore called ‘Carreg Bica’ which according to legend was once a giant’s tooth. At low tide, you can walk past this rock to the hidden sandy cove of Cilborth.
In the other direction, the cliff path leads to the spectacular headland of Ynys Lochtyn with its hidden beach. In spring you might see Fulmar nesting on the cliffs and there is often the chance to spot Chough, Stonechat or Wheatear as well as other interesting coastal birds.
Right at the end of this headland is a small island which is only accessible at low tide and involves scrambling up and down steep cliffs. Those who want a longer walk can join the spectacular Ceredigion Coast Path which follows a 60 mile route along the Cardigan Bay coastline with its characteristic splashes of dazzling yellow, almond-scented gorse. This plant blooms on and off all year but is at its best in late spring when it is joined by pink sea thrift, yellow vetch and white sea campion.
Access by Car
There is a small car park next to the beach or free parking in the upper part of the village. A shuttle bus operates between the upper car park and the beach during the summer.
The two public houses, the Pentre Arms Hotel and The Ship, two café/restaurants, Patio Café and The Beach Hut provide food and there is also a general store, Glynafon.
The Patio café offers a fantastic array of scrumptious and original flavours of ice cream to enjoy whilst walking along the beach.
There are other shops, general stores, pubs and restaurants within easy reach of Llangrannog - particularly the large filling station and Londis store at Brynhoffnant on the main coast road.
Lifeguards are on patrol of the beach from June to September.
Watch that you don't get cut off by the tide at Cilborth as the only exit is a long flight of steep steps up to the cliff-top path which leads back to the village.
Dogs are allowed on the Cilborth side of the beach but are not allowed on the main section of the beach area between Nant Hawen and Pen Rhip between the 1st May and 30th September inclusive.
Evening entertainment can be had at The Pentre Arms Hotel with regular live music shared by the very friendly locals, who may even introduce you to ‘crowd surfing’ (bouncing a person up and down above their heads) as a way of enjoying the music. You can also view the beach through the Pentre Arms Hotel webcam.
When you fancy a break from the beach visit the Urdd Centre about 1 mile out of the village, where there is a range of activities on offer including horse riding and tobogganing or skiing on a dry slope.
Our favourite things to do in the Llangrannog area
Walking along the beach at anytime of year, enjoying the sea when it's rough and calm
Enjoying an ice cream at the Patio café
The warm welcome we receive when we call in at the Pentre Arms Hotel
Watching the sunset