Our Ultimate Guide to Aberdyfi

Published on 2024-03-13 / By Boo@Trefeddian

Our ultimate guide to Aberdovey lets us rave about all the great things to do and see in Aberdovey when you stay at the Trefeddian.


The Village

Aberdyfi (Welsh spelling) or Aberdovey (old English version) is a small seaside village on the north side of the Dovey estuary sitting within Snowdonia National Park on the coast of Cardigan Bay. Snowdonia National Park is an ideal area for walkers, climbers and wildlife watchers. The peaks of the Cader Idris and Aran Fawddwy ranges are within easy reach – Aberdovey is surrounded by spectacular mountain and valley scenery. It is a thriving harbour town with many shops, restaurants, an art gallery and a couple of local pubs too.


Splash Around

In the summer months, Aberdyfi is water sports galore with sailing, sailboarding, rowing, canoeing, paddle-boarding, fishing and boat trips. The village is unspoiled with four miles of fine, sandy beaches and sheltered dunes. The beaches are popular with sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and fishermen. You will see the jetty full of families and children with their crabbing lines hoping to get a bucket full of the little creatures before heading back to the beach to ensure their safe return to the world underwater! There are local owned fishing boats that can arrange private charters. Let’s SUP in Aberdyfi is a local business that offers private lessons and group bookings, with one hour lessons or half day coastal tours for paddle boarding. 

aberdovey golf club

Great Golfing

One of Aberdyfi’s main attractions is the championship golf course located at the western end of the village. It will test, and has tested, the very best golfers, playing host to a number of amateur championships over the years. The Golf Club are open to bookings for members and visitors, from beginners to advanced and have various options to book, from 18 holes to a full day, to play with the stunning backdrop of the Snowdonia mountains and sweeping sand dunes.

aberdovey shops

Shop ‘till you drop

The village of Aberdyfi itself is bustling with a wide variety of shops. You can find essential shops such as the Dyfi Stores, Aberdyfi Pharmacy, Aberdovey Butchers, Balance Hair & Beauty and Dovey Marine, selling all sorts of hardware and everyday items. There are also a handful of fashion outlets, selling clothing, jewellery and accessories, gift shops with homeware, an art shop selling pieces of local work, The Ice Cream shop with its wonderful supply of sweets too, the RNLI shop and also Dyfi Dogs with everything your four legged best friend would need!


Hidden Haunts

Aberdyfi has also lots of hidden secrets, The bandstand that rests at the top of the hill behind the village offers the most beautiful views along the coast, the old roman road is a little walkway from the southern end of the village along the coastline to a secluded location known locally as Picnic Island which dates back to 1808 when it was originally used by horse and carriage!  And finally the spectacular Bearded Lake, a natural beauty spot above Aberdyfi with stunning views. The lake is covered with water lilies from June to September. The name refers to the legend of the very large hairy monster that was dragged from the lake by King Arthurs horse whose hoof print can be seen indented into the rock by the lake.