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Local Area

Llanrhystud is a Welsh seaside village, 9 miles south of Aberystwyth and 7 miles north of Aberaeron. It takes its name from an early Welsh saint. Llanrhystud also lies on the Ceredigion Coast Path, a part of the Wales Coast Path.

The village has a primary school, the Black Lion pub (which is dog friendly), a post office, florist, hairdressers and a Texaco petrol station complete with a well stocked mini mart.

The beach has a shingle bank with a half mile sandy beach visible at low tide. With its panoramic view of Cardigan Bay, Llanrhystud beach is well suited for windsurfing, kayaking, swimming and general leisure activities.

Places of interest to visit during your stay are numerous, so we’ve selected just a few of our favourites below.



Aberaeron is located 7 miles south of Aberystwyth and boasts a lovely harbour. The houses are painted in varying colours and it is one of the most visited towns in Wales. There are a multitude of places to eat and fresh fish is a well known specialty.

The annual festival of Welsh Ponies and Cobs is held on Alban Square field every August. Over the August bank holiday Monday, an annual carnival takes place where a colourful procession of floats and the carnival queen moves from the quay to Alban Square – it is highly recommended!

New Quay

New Quay with its picturesque houses, pubs and restaurants that cling to the sides of the hill above the blue waters of Cardigan Bay. Once important for fishing and shipbuilding the sheltered harbour and safe beaches are now the focus of activity during the summer when New Quay becomes a bustling and vibrant holiday resort. Sailing, fishing, water sports and relaxation are among the main attractions.

Dolphins are a regular sight in New Quay, and you can go on a dolphin spotting boat which runs at regular intervals. Dolphins and seals can occassionally be spotted from the pier and along Rock Street.

The main beach is dog friendly and is accessed by the lifeboat station. The smaller harbour beach is ideal for families not wanting interactions from dogs, as no dogs are permitted.


Ynyslas is located 8 miles north of Aberystwyth, and the Ynyslas sand dunes form part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve. Various wildlife can be found in the sand dunes including lizards, stoats, rabbits and voles. Skylarks among others can be heard above the dunes, and it is also a very popular location for horse riding along the long sandy beach. You can also view Aberdovey across the estuary with its quaint coloured houses.