Despite its proximity to the busy resort of Abersoch, this beautiful, secluded beach is often surprisingly quiet, especially if you visit outside of the school holidays. It is a well known surfing venue though, so when the waves are good it can attract large numbers of surfers.
On either side of the bay large cliffs provide some shelter from cross shore winds. However, in certain conditions potentially dangerous rip tides can happen.
Like the nearby Porth Neigwl, Porth Ceiriad faces south, and consequently gets more than its fair share of swell from the south west. It is also free of the protection that St Tudwal’s Islands provide for the Abersoch beaches.
The top of the beach is lined with large pebbles but elsewhere consists of good quality sand.
Like many of the beaches in this area, Porth Ceiriad is owned by the National Trust. An excellent walk can be had on the coastal footpath which runs around the adjacent Cilan Head.
There are no facilities on the beach, but there are toilets near the car park. The Nant-y-Big campsite is located before the toll gate on the road leading down to the beach.
There are no dog restrictions on this beach.
Approach / parking:
There are a couple of car parking areas above the beach. You will need change for the un-manned toll gate. Access to the beach is across the cliff top fields and down a long series of steps cut into the cliff.