Llyn Beaches

Pen Llyn is surrounded by beaches! Everyone has their favourite for:

. Walking
. Bird watching
. Dog Walking
. Peace or solitude
. Sport
. Picnics
. Sun bathing

You will find yours - here are some for you to explore and enjoy:

Borth-y-Gest
Some very pretty coves from this harbour side village towards Morfa Bychan and Black Rock Sands. Care needs to be taken with the tides along the estuary as they can quickly turn and sand bars quickly disappear.

Black Rock Sands
Probably the most famous beach on the Llyn with masses of sand at low tide. Sometimes the waves can be big enough to surf on but care needs to be taken in the sea at the south east end of the beach where there can be currents and shifting sandbanks.

Criccieth
There are two beaches. The East Beach is the western extremity of Black Rock Sands and you can walk to it at low tide. The top of the beach is mainly pebbles but there is sand at low tide. The castle is located at the end of the beach and it is possible to walk around it on the headland.

The West Beach has the most sand with lots of large rocks exposed at low tide. Ideal for rock pools.

Pwllheli, South Beach
About three miles long and is made up mostly of sand and shingle apart from the Carreg-y-Defaid end which joins Llanbedrog at low tide where there are many rocks.

Llanbedrog
One of the calmest beaches in Wales, sheltered by the huge headland, which is a mixture of sand and shale at the top but with sand lower down.

Abersoch Harbour Beach
This beach straddles both sides of the Afon Soch, one of the longest rivers in western Llyn. The southern side of the river has plenty of sand when the tide is out but this has a dog ban. Dogs are allowed on a section of the beach to the north of the river.

Abersoch Harbour Beach
This beach straddles both sides of the Afon Soch, one of the longest rivers in western Llyn. The southern side of the river has plenty of sand when the tide is out but this has a dog ban. Dogs are allowed on a section of the beach to the north of the river.

Abersoch Main Beach
Long sandy beach. Very popular with watersports enthusiasts like wake boarders and water skiers as it is usually very sheltered. Part of the beach has a “boat ban”. Dogs are also only allowed on the part of the beach south of the slipway.

Porth Ceiriad
This beach gets a good swell from the south west, ideal for surfers especially at the eastern end of the beach. Have to walk down a long series of steps to reach the beach, where large pebbles line the very top. The rest of the beach is good sand. Please note there are no services available.


Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth)
Gets the brunt of any south westerly swells so attracts thousands of surfers every year. Car Park is a walk from the beach across the sand dunes. The top of the beach is made up of large pebbles whilst lower down there is plenty of sand that is exposed at low tide. Please note there are no services.

Aberdaron
Mainly sand with the odd large rock around. Dogs are allowed on part of the beach to the left of the slipway that runs down to the beach next to the Ty Newydd Hotel. Beach is good for surfers.

Porth Oer (Whistling Sands)
One of the most noteworthy beaches on the Llyn as the sand here does actually “squeak” under your feet, which is due the shape of the sand particles and only one other beach in Europe has the same quality. Dogs are not allowed on the beach in the summer months.

Morfa Nefyn
The beach at Porth Dinllaen is probably best known for its pub, the Ty Coch which joins a handful of houses that line the top of the beach nestled behind a steep little headland. The beach sweeps all the way around to Morfa Nefyn from Porth Dinllaen, though at high tide you may have to walk across paths at the back of the beach rather than the beach itself.

Nefyn
Displaying some of the characteristics of its neighbour Morfa Nefyn. There is a small collection of houses at the western end of the beach at Nefyn, nestled around a small harbour.

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