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Criccieth Castle Views!

The most amazing Criccieth Castle Views!

We had the most fantastic experience on a helicopter pleasure flight over the Llyn Peninsula! This is an amazing way of getting the best views of Criccieth Castle ruins. This is not a cheap activity but for a special treat (it was our 25th wedding anniversary) it is on of the  amazing things to do in Criccieth!

I was absolutely mesmerized by all of the toy sheep, the beautiful fields, mountains and the captivating coastline. The  water from above is so clear, you could easily be on a Caribbean island!


Our pilot Daniel was amazing! So knowledgeable and accommodating. He gave us running commentary as  we flew across the Llyn Peninsula pointing out things of interest and made a special effort to spend extra time over Criccieth castle and our cottage. It was wonderful to see our lovely neighbours waving from their back garden. See below for a photo collage of some of the views along the way.

There are various helicopter pleasure flight trips that you can take, each having various costs and trip lengths.

Take a look at http://www.caernarfonairport.com for more information.

The airport is only half an hour from the cottage. There are just so many wonderful things to do in Criccieth!

You can take helicopter pleasure flights, take flight lessons, or visit the museum and cafe.


Criccieth castle from the sky

 A Brief History of Caernarfon Airport

Caernarfon Airport, located approximately five miles southwest of the town of Caernarfon, has a storied history dating back to the early 1940s. Originally established as an RAF (Royal Air Force) station during World War II, the airport played a crucial role in defending the British Isles. After the war, it continued to serve as a military base, witnessing various aircraft and personnel rotations.

In the 1950s, Caernarfon Airport transitioned into civilian hands, becoming a hub for general aviation. Today, it serves as a thriving center for flight training, recreational flying, and tourism. Its historical significance is still palpable, with remnants of the wartime era and military heritage dotting the landscape.

The Stunning Location

One of the most remarkable features of Caernarfon Airport is its location. Nestled between the majestic Snowdonia National Park and the rugged coastline of North Wales, the airport offers a breathtaking backdrop for aviation activities. The Snowdonia mountain range, with its peaks and valleys, provides a stunning contrast to the smooth runways of the airport.

From the airport, visitors can easily access some of North Wales’ most iconic landmarks, including Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, and the stunningly picturesque Menai Strait.


Exhibits at the Museum

Airworld Aviation Museum

Airworld Aviation Museum offers the opportunity to get close up to some historic aircraft. Set on an active airfield, the museum houses iconic machines such as the Hawker Hunter, D.H. Vampire, along with the only T2 BAe Harrier remaining worldwide. 

Part of the museum is devoted to the creation of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service, started here at RAF Llandwrog in 1942, whilst other sections describe the wartime airfields of North Wales.

take a look at http://www.airworldmuseum.co.uk

Events and Festivals

Throughout the year, Caernarfon Airport hosts a variety of events and festivals that draw both aviation enthusiasts and curious travelers. Airshows, vintage aircraft exhibitions, and open days provide unique opportunities to witness the wonders of flight up close.

One of the most renowned events is the Wales Airshow, which showcases a spectacular array of aircraft, from classic warbirds to modern jets. The show is not only a thrilling spectacle but also a celebration of aviation history and innovation.

Breathtaking Beauty from Above: Discovering Criccieth Castle Views from a Helicopter

Criccieth, a charming coastal town nestled along the North Wales shoreline, is a place that exudes beauty from every angle. While exploring its captivating landscapes on foot is a wonderful experience, there’s an entirely different perspective waiting to be discovered from high above—the views from a helicopter. Join us on an exhilarating journey as we soar through the skies to witness the sheer magnificence of Criccieth from a unique vantage point.

A Glimpse of Criccieth

Our adventure begins as we ascend into the sky, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of daily life. The first thing you’ll notice from the helicopter is the breathtaking expanse of the sea. The Irish Sea stretches out endlessly, its deep blue hues contrasting beautifully with the emerald green landscape. It’s an awe-inspiring sight, one that immediately immerses you in the tranquil atmosphere of this coastal haven.

Marine terrace Criccieth


Criccieth Castle: A Majestic Crown

As our helicopter ride takes us along the shoreline, Criccieth Castle comes into view. Perched atop a rocky promontory, the castle appears like a guardian overlooking the town and the sea. From above, you gain a profound appreciation for the strategic location that this medieval fortress was built upon. The imposing stone walls and towers are cast in a golden hue by the setting sun, creating a scene that seems to be plucked from the pages of a fairy tale.


The Lush Greenery

Criccieth castle is surrounded by lush, rolling hills and countryside. From the air, you’ll see how this coastal gem is nestled between Snowdonia National Park and the stunning Llŷn Peninsula. The patchwork of fields, woodlands, and farms creates a stunning mosaic of greens and browns, painting an idyllic picture of rural life. Each turn of the helicopter’s blades reveals a new panorama, and you’ll find yourself entranced by the natural beauty below.


Criccieth’s Beaches

The beaches each side of Criccieth Castle: Traeth y Promenade and Traeth y Marine, are a sight to behold from the helicopter. The golden sands stretch along the shoreline, lapped by gentle waves. From above, you can see families and sun-seekers enjoying the sun-drenched shores. The beachfront promenade, with its charming seaside cafes and shops, adds a touch of elegance to the coastline.

Beyond Criccieth

From our vantage point in the helicopter, we have the privilege of witnessing the surrounding areas. To the east, the towering peaks of Snowdonia National Park rise majestically, their rugged terrain a stark contrast to the gentle slopes of Criccieth. To the west, the Llŷn Peninsula stretches out, with its dramatic cliffs and secluded coves waiting to be explored.

The Conclusion of an Unforgettable Journey

As our helicopter ride comes to an end and we begin our descent, you may find yourself reflecting on the incredible sights you’ve just witnessed. Criccieth’s views from a helicopter offer a unique and unforgettable perspective on this coastal gem. The blend of natural beauty, historic landmarks, and seaside charm creates an experience that is nothing short of magical.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong resident, seeing Criccieth Castle from the sky is a revelation. It reminds us that there’s always more to discover, even in places we think we know well. So, the next time you find yourself in this corner of North Wales, consider taking to the skies for an adventure that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. 

Criccieth from the air
Caernarfon airport helicopter flights

This is just one of the amazing things that you can do when you stay at Porthyraur!

For other places to visit please see Places to go

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