The mountains of the Lleyn Peninsula, Snowdonia (August 2003). Photo taken from Morfa Harlech by Charlotte Mellor.
The Lleyn Peninsula is a long, broad peninsula that forms the northern shoreline of Cardigan Bay, and is part of the southern coastline of the Irish Sea. The area adjoines the Snowdonia National Park and is itself designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a designation that affords it the same protection as a National Park, but is run by the local Unitery Authoriy rather than a single dedicated authority. The coastline has is also protected under the EUs Habitats Directive as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).