Top beaches on Llyn Peninsula, North Wales

The Llyn peninsula is a perfect bolthole for taking a short break away from the busy city lifestyle. Located in Gwynedd, north Wales, the Llyn peninsula has the most attractive beaches in Wales, dotted along it’s jurassic coastline. The Llyn is blessed with the stunning backdrop of Snowdonia, bright green pastures and a pristine coastline. In my opinion, it effortlessly rivals coastlines such as Devon and Cornwall. It’s a popular destination for sailors, surfers and walkers who all enjoy the natural gems it provides.

The peninsula has nearly 100 miles of coastline in North Wales that attracts visitors to explore its coves, secrets bays and quite secluded shores. It has beautiful coastal towns, such as Nefyn,Trefor, Abersoch and Pwllheli dotted all along its shores, so yo can enjoy some of our wonderful culture too.

For those of you not familiar with the Llyn peninsula, it’s a long stretch of coastline within north Wales, in the county of Gwynedd. It has a seaboard on both sides of it, making it a very popular sailing location. It’s quite an epic landscape with the Snowdonia mountain range rising straight up from the coast. It can be seen from many miles away the on Anglesey and mid Wales, reaching out into the Celtic sea. A popular place for walking the Wales coastal path and it offers a great selection of holiday cottages and campsites all along the Llyn to accommodate visitors.

There is very easy access to the more western side of Snowdonia from the Llyn with some really cool and interesting peaks to hike in the Snowdonia range, a bit more off the beaten track, such as ” Yr Eifel” and ” Cinicht” – which are both lovely peaks. Main towns on the Llyn are Abersoch and Pwllheli and have great facilities, independent shops, loads of eateries and pubs/ bars.

The following are some of my favourite beaches to visit in Llyn Peninsula.

1. Aberdaron Beach 

Aberdaron is beautiful beach to visit in Llyn Peninsula, it lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The long sweeping sandy beach makes this one a good and safe beach for boat trips, SUP’ing, kayaking, sailing and other wastersports. The town and facilities are directly off the beach on the high street, super easy for your stay with the family. Check out the link in the description above and watch the cool little flip, visitsnowdonia made – gives you a wonderful feel of the area.

2. Abersoch main Beach

Abersoch main beach is a very popular destination in summer time in north Wales. Renowned for its sailing club (SCYC) South Caernarfonshire yacht club, on the far left of the picture. It draws many to it’s shore to sail dinghies and play in the bay with their power boards, jet skis and yachts. It is a good choice for sun bathing and watersports activities overall out of all the beaches in this list. Rentals for most paddle boards and kayaks can be made straight off the beach. Visitors can rent beach huts and cottages for the beach days right on the foreshore.

3. Llanbedrog Beach

Llanbedrog has a safe and shallow water and sandy beach on the south coast of the LLyn. Cottages and other facilities are available for families who want to rent in the near by villages of Abersoch and Pwllheli. Boathouses at the top of the beach can also be rented enabling you to have a get away from the midday sun and enjoy some shade, as well as store your watersports equipment and belongings.

4. Porth Towyn Beach

Porth Towyn is a pet-friendly beach that is popular wit walkers and and other watersports activities. Also, the sand on the beach makes a squeaking sound when it is dry (just thought we would tell you!). It’s just a one-minute walk from the car park and visitors can access many small coves to the right when they walk across the field.


5. Porth Colmon

Porth Colmon is a small cove beach in Llyn Peninsula which allows visitors to explore plenty of rock pools. It is a wonderful bay on the northern coast and a lot of space is available for walking. The beach is a great place for body boarding and some surfing in the right conditions.Visitors can access the beach by car or foot.

6.Porth Neigwl Beach

Porth Neigwl is a long sweeping beach on the southern side of the Llyn which is predominately white sand with craggy headlands. The beach is very popular with surfers and kayakers. Swimmers are noted to take care on this one with strong tides and swell, there can be rip tides here (just FYI). It is also known as Hell’s Mouth by English visitors. Its quite a rural beach away from the towns with little to no facilities. The nearest town is Abersoch.

7. Porth Iago

Porth Iago is one of the prettiest beaches on Llyn Peninsula which sits between the headlands of Graig Ddu and Dinas on the north side of the Llyn. It is perfect for those who want to get some sun bathing in, kayaking and paddle boarding. Fishing is also good off here in the summer months for pollack and bass of the near by headlands.

8. Porth Ysgo

Porth Ysgo is small secluded cove beach owned by the National Trust on the Llyn peninsula. It is one of the best bouldering destinations in North Wales which will appeal to the climbers in the whatson community. The beach is mostly sandy and pebble backed by high cliffs. In heavy rains it’s worth checking out the Pistyll y Gaseg waterfall behind the beach. Limited car parking facilities are available on the beach and visitors can access the beach without any difficulties. You can even see the remnants of Nant Manganese mines behind the beach.

9. Traeth Y Eifl

Traeth Y Eifl is a secluded sandy and pebble beach owned by National Trust nature reserve on the north side of the Llyn. It has plenty of walks around it for sightseeing purposes. With a backdrop of Yr Eifl the last mountain in the Snowdonia range, it boasts some of the best dramatic scenery from a coastal perspective in north Wales. The beach is a short walk from Trefor where there are facilities are available.

                                            Traeth EIfel. Image by Tumblr

10. Traeth Penllech

Traeth Penllech is a beautiful remote beach located near Llangwnnadl, on the north side of the Llyn. The beach has quite nice sand and has a bit of a jurassic feel with huge boulders (essentially an old reef) extending from the low sea cliffs. The beach is perfect for all types of watersports activities including sailing and kite surfing. It has a slipway allowing visitors to gain access with their boats to the foreshore with ease. It is a friendly beach for pet lovers allowing visitors to spend holidays with dogs.

11. Trefor

Trefor is a wonderful coastal town that has bags of appeal to visitors. The town is built on the back of a old mine on the edge of Snowdonia. A sleepy fishing village with a beautiful feel, Trevor is a real gem. Very popular with scuba divers and watersports enthusiasts, its a safe haven with shallow clean sandy bay.

12. Porth Dinallaen.

I’ve saved the best until last for you all, this is truly my favourite. If you have not yet visited Porth Dinallaen, then this place will blow your mind. Im not exaggerating it’s going to leave a tangible impression on you for life. A sleepy little fishing village with tons of energy to it. Beautiful sandy beaches and safe shallow bay, wonderful for SUP, swimmers and sailing. I often dream about owning the white cottage right on the beach, its idyllic. Maybe one day if the blog goes viral hey!


So guys hope that gives you all an introduction into the beaches of the LLyn, of course there are a few more such as Porth Dinallaen, Trefor and Pwllheli we will cover them in another article as we try to keep these blogs under a certain size for ease of reading for you lot. We have done a few other article on the LLyn, The Llyn Peninsula, Coastal town of Nefyn, Abersoch north Wales, Coastal town of Pwllheli, Coastal towns Porthmadog.

A general map of the beaches on the Llyn- Note on the new website this will be Live and functional for you all on the same blog.


Resources for visiting the Llyn



Surf shops

Local info

Abersoch  website 

visitsnowdonia website

National trust Llyn page

Wunderlust article on walking the Llyn

Visit Wales – Llyn peninsula 

Activities in the Llyn Peninsular

Road Cycle trips 

Cycle paths

Coastal path walking 

Llyn Walks


All other watersports !

Accommodation on the Llyn Peninsula

Self catering accommodation guide

Menai Holiday cottages

Nefyn Holiday cottages


Events on the Llyn

Welovellyn website

Festival number 6

Glass butter beach festival 

Local art we love from the Llyn

Oriel Plas gwn y Weddw

Rhiannon art

Eating out on the Llyn

The Coconut Kitchen -Abersoch- Best for asian cuisine 

The Ty Coch- Porthdinllaen-Best for beach days

Mañana- Abersoch- Best for cool restaurant bar

The Venu – Pwyllheli- Best for amazing terrace

Mickeys boat yard beach cafe- Abersoch- best for young family and beach side eats!


Lastly guys I’m going to launch the NEW website next week after a few month of work and sweat on it, we are 99 % ready. There are a few things to do on the fly , but we think its time we shipped it to you all, so you can way more value from us. Hope you like it, and show us some love if you like what you see!

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