Garn Fadryn – A Tibetan Divination

Garn Fadryn a sacred site in North Wales. Lama Shenpen and Sister Kovida on the summit of Garn Fadryn on a pilgrimage there. July 2015

Garn Fadryn is an Iron Age hill fort in the centre of the Llyn peninsula in North Wales. It’s one of the places that Dilgo Khyenstse Rinpoche, a highly revered Tibetan Buddhist teacher, told us was special by carrying out a divination on a map of the UK, so the site has a sacred connection for us. His divinations are the reason our Hermitage of the Awakened Heart is based in North Wales.

From the summit there are views across to Bardsey Island and also to Snowdonia. Bardsey Island has been considered a very holy place for centuries, being associated with many Christian Saints. It attracts many pilgrims and tourists.

The hill fort is located near the village of Garn Fadryn and Llaniestyn, on the way to Aberdaron. From Pwllheli take the A497 to Nefyn. Turn left in Efailnewydd towards Aberdaron. Continue straight through Rhyd-y-Clafdy and in a couple of miles there is a turning right signposted “Garnfadryn”. Follow this lane until you come to another right turning, again signposted “Garnfadryn”. This lane will then take you into the village of Garnfadryn, and there is plenty of parking next to the chapel and telephone box.

We have made many pilgrimages to this sacred site and performed many Pujas (a general term for any ritual of worship such as prayers or offerings) on the summit.

sacred site in north wales Garn Fadryn
Tibetan Lama Drupbon Khenpo at Garn Fadryn, North Wales, visiting the holy Welsh site on a pilgrimage.

LLyn y Dywarchen – A Holy Isle

LLyn y Dywarchen sacred pilgrimage site
The holy Island at LLyn y Dywarchen

The sacred site of Llyn y Dywarchen, in Gwynedd, North Wales, is a lake with an island looking up to Snowdon. It has been blessed by the presence and prayers of Khenpo Rinpoche, Rigdzin Shikpo and Jamyang Tashi Dorje Rinpoche.

On a Buddhist pilgrimage to this sacred site in 2014, rituals and mantra were performed by members of the Awakened Heart Sangha, making a strong connection between this site and Guru Rinpoche. The Welsh word Dywarchen sounds remarkably similar to the Tibetan name for the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha – Dewachen.

LLyn y Dywarchen Sacred Pilgrimage Site North Wales
Rigdzin Shikpo, Lama Shenpen and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamsto Rinpoche visiting and blessing LLyn y Dywarchen, on a pilgrimage to the sacred site in North Wales

To visit this site turn right at Penygroes, through Nantlle and head towards Rhyd Ddu on the B4418. The lake is on the left hand side of the road just as you get to the summit of the pass. There is a small car park beside the road. The lake is used by fishermen.