The National Trust owned Porth Ysgo is a delightful little beach, hidden away and rarely busy. This really is a beautiful spot with a wonderfully serene atmosphere – the winter sunsets over Bardsey are particularly worth visiting for.
At high tide it is quite pebbley, but mid and low tide reveal a spread of good quality sand. There are a few rocks in the bay, especially at the sides so care is needed if any watersports are planned. The steep hillside and cliffs which run along the back of the beach provide a good deal of shelter – it is often surprisingly wind-free at beach level, even on quite blowy days.
The adjacent boulder field which spreads eastwards from the beach is a popular with climbers who come to boulder upon the large blocks of rough dolerite.
Good surf does occur here sometimes but the walk in (and perhaps the wipe out potential of the rocks) keeps the crowds away.
There are no facilities here; the nearest place for supplies is Aberdaron.
There are no dog restrictions on this beach.
Approach / parking:
There is a low key National Trust car park and a further layby further down the road which can hold up to five vehicles. A 10-15 minute walk takes you down past the old manganese mine workings and to the top of some steep wooden steps which drop onto the beach by the side of a small waterfall.