photo: Ray Wood
Rhoscolyn photo: Visit Wales


Beachlife in North Wales has a special character all of its own.

Porth Neigl / Hell's Mouth, curves in an elegant arc on the southern shores of the Lleyn Peninsula. On the south western tip of the isle of Anglesey lies Newborough. Two miles from end to end - the south end forms the western entrance to the Menai Straits and in the north the craggy island (only an island at high tide) of Llanddwyn.

Towards the end of the northern shore of the Llyn is the beach of Porth Oer or ˜Whistling Sands'. Here, by some bizarre quirk of nature, the sand squeaks as you walk over it.

All around the coastline of Anglesey you'll find small charming coves, some accessed by tricky and steep paths, others no more than a short easy walk from a car park. There are also the more popular hotspots of Trearddur Bay and Rhosneigr.

If you want to be a bit lazy but assuage your guilt with a bit of activity it’s all on tap. Wind and Kite Surfing, fishing from the shore or boat, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving as well as scenic walks are all possible. Surfing beaches on the western side of Anglesey and the southern coast of the Lleyn are among some of the best to be found in the UK. A few beaches are suitable for dinghy sailing.

Fly a kite, eat ice cream, sunbathe, read the paper… chill out at the beach and unwind; perfect!

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Top Beachlife Venues in North Wales

Pick of the Pops - Beachlife

A Rest Day - you earned it!

  • Newborough Prepare to be stunned. Reached via a winding road through a sandy pine forest, Newborough beach will blow your socks off. Whatever the weather whatever the season, step through the towering sand dunes and soak up the view…

photo: Visit Wales

50 Shades of Great

  • Bouldering Many climbers consider Porth Ysgo the best bouldering venue in North Wales - it certainly has climbing of an exceptional quality, plus the type of dreamy, laid back ambience that heals all known maladies. The rock is a superb coarse-grained dolerite - it is a real joy to climb on, if a little tough on the skin in warm temperatures. There's a great beach, low grade classics for all the family & high-end classics for the hones. Unbeatable!

photo: Simon Panton

Surf's up

  • Porth Trecastell One of Anglesey’s most reliable surf beaches and first port of call for kayakers, surfers and boogie boarders roaming the coast in search of surf. This narrow bay really funnels any waves and stacks them up nicely. If it is too fruity here head next door to Porth Nobla or further along the road to Broad Beach.

photo: Visit Wales