Beaches & Coastline in North Wales

Wales has some of the UK’s top rated Blue Flag beaches and with miles of coastline you are rarely far from the water:

A church behind a beach


A sheltered, award-winning, mainly sandy beach at the far end of the Llyn Peninsula. Behind it is the small, white washed village of Aberdaron which was on the medieval pilgrims' route to Bardsey Island.

Aberdovey beach and resort


Small harbour resort set within the Snowdonia National Park where the river Dyfi meets Cardigan Bay. Watersports galore - sailing, sailboarding, rowing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips. In the summer there are yachting regattas, sailboarding competitions, rowing regattas and other watersports events along with family entertainment on award-winning beaches.

A beach and clouds in the sky


Abersoch has a choice of beaches including Abersoch Main Beach which has Blue Flag status and is probably the most popular beach in the area. Its sheltered position makes it ideal for bathers and watersports lovers alike. Spectacular views of Snowdonia and St Tudwal's Islands. Other beaches in the village include Harbour Beach and The Warren Beach.

A sandy beach

Black Rock Sands

Two miles from Porthmadog, Black Rock Sands is a popular wide sandy beach with a rocky headland and a backdrop of sand dunes that are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. When the tide recedes you can explore the rock pools, exposed caverns and multi coloured rock face. The two-mile stretch of sand is popular with kite-buggies and kite surfers. There is even a rope bridge to find.

A beach full of pebbles

Hell's Mouth, Porth Neigwl

A long stretch of sand and stones exposed to the full force of the Atlantic. It is extremely popular with surfers and often a good spot to get away from the busier beaches of Abersoch. Parking area with occasional mobile snack bar. Swimming here is dangerous due to strong undercurrents.

Colourful beach huts at the edge of a sandy beach

Llanbedrog Beach

A small sheltered beach looked after by the National Trust (NT). Woodland backdrop with walk up to the Iron Man (lots of steps!). Small stream always popular with old and young. NT car park (fees apply), toilets, licensed cafe on beach.

A boat wreck on a beach

Lligwy Beach, Dulas

A 'hidden gem' on Anglesey - this long, sandy beach has a beach café/shop. There is a car park and toilet facilities. Popular for walking, swimming and boating.

A beach next to buildings at the bottom of a hill

Nefyn & Porth Dinllaen

Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn beaches are located on the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula to form a sweeping bay with 2 miles of sand. Popular and excellent for a variety of watersports. Porth Dinllaen is a popular hub for walkers and beach lovers - The Ty Coch Inn is one of the best pubs in Wales with views across the Irish Sea to The Rivals and a sandy beach on its doorstep.

A signpost and sand dunes

Wales Coast Path

Some 870 miles long, Wales is now the first country in the world to have a formal trail the whole way around its coast. The magnificence and beauty of the path was acknowledged as the world’s top destination to visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet.

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A beach below blue skies

Whistling Sands (Porth Oer)

A popular beach named after the sound that occurs when you walk, created by the unique shape of the very fine sand particles. National Trust car park at the top of the cliff. Cafe and toilets open in season.