Child on Porth Iago beach, North Wales
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The 5 best beaches on the Llŷn Peninsula

The Llŷn Peninsula is a treasured part of North Wales for many reasons but stands out because of its beautiful views and spectacular, rugged landscapes. One of the most cherished parts of the region is the many great beaches which surround this headlands, outlining the towns and villages of this popular travel destination. North Wales Beach With nearly 100 miles of coastline, the beaches around the Llŷn Peninsula have some charming seaside towns like Abersoch, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, and Porthmadog, to name a few. However, it is the beauty of the beaches which draws many to this area each year. Known as the ‘Welsh Riviera‘, because of its long sandy beaches and calm seas, this region is truly beautiful and must be seen to be beheld. Below, you will find five of the best beaches which can be found along the coaatline of the Llŷn Peninsula. Overhead beach in North Wales Lly Peninsula 1. Porth Ceiriad This spectacular beach is set in superb scenery at the southern edge of the peninsula, about a mile from the village of Abersoch. The large bay is backed by pebbles and cliffs which shelter it from many of the elements. The beach faces south, which makes it perfect for sunbathing and water sports; as well as making it a great place to watch the surfers throughout the colder months. One of its perks is the fact you are allowed to bring your dog with you throughout the whole year, with no seasonal restrictions and because of that, dog owners are very thoughtful. Porth Ceiriad in North Wales 2. Porth Iago Porth Iago is a small yet picturesque bay located on the northern coast of the Llŷn Peninsula. The white sands and blue water sit inside a cove, which is defined by headlands. When the weather warms up, you could be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere in the Mediterranean basking in the sun, but in all honesty, it is great at any time of the year.  The beach is sheltered and clean and great for the whole family, so it makes the perfect location for a day at the seaside. Child on Porth Iago beach, North Wales 3. Aberdaron On the west point of the Llŷn Peninsula lies the small village of Aberdaron, which sits in a beautiful bay and an expansive sandy beach. This beach is perfectly suited for those with younger children as the rock pools can provide hours of entertainment. The village which is located behind the beach has local amenities, so there isn’t far to go if you need a refreshment. Around the bay and to the right of the seafront is Porth Meudwy where boats set off. Walking down the bay to the far end of this beach will reveal a glimpse of Enlli. This charming village is small but does house two lovely pubs, a great fish and chip shop and a National Trust centre. Llyn Peninsula beach, Aberdaron 4. Whistling Sands (Porth Oer) This mystical beach has to be one of the most noteworthy beaches on the peninsula, as the sand can ‘squeak’ or ‘whistle’ under your feet, giving the distinctive shoreline its name. The act of the sand whistling or singing is actually due to the shape of the sand particles, and only one other beach in Europe has the same type of sand, on the Isle of Eigg in Scotland. When here, you can partake in a variety of watersports or just sit back and admire the steep, grass-covered cliffs that surround the curved sands — This beach is popular with surfers, and it can be a great base for a coastal walk to view the surrounding countryside. Nearby, there is a great café which is perfect for a light refreshment as well a car park for easy access. Whistling Sands (Porth Oer) in Llyn Peninsula 5. Borth-y-Gest The quaint fishing village of Borth-y-Gest often goes amiss, however, this small harbour overlooks the Afon Glaslyn on the northern side of Tremadog Bay. This beach has a nostalgic look, and the village retains much of its Victorian charm, with its horseshoe-shaped promenade and brightly coloured houses. On a clear day. The views over the estuary stretch all the way to Snowdon, and you can usually spot the first dusting of snow on the peaks from here. The seafront boasts some lovely bistros and cafes and can be the perfect place to watch the world go by. Borth-y-Gest in Llyn Peninsula, North Wales If these five amazing pitstops on Llŷn Peninsula sound appealing, then you can be safe in the knowledge that this list just scratches the surface. There are in fact, 14 beaches on this thin finger of land that juts out and reaches down into the Irish Sea, and all of them have their own charm. Wales, and North Wales in particular, can serve as an amazing destination for those looking for tranquillity as well as enjoying some of the best panoramic views in the United Kingdom. Gareth Robinson is General Manager at Quality Cottages. Quality Cottages is a leading Wales-based holiday lettings agency established in 1961. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. Went to Porth Iago almost a year to the day to just enjoy a quiet day at the beach. I heard there was a campsite in the area as well, but didn’t get the chance to explore that option. Maybe next time, so we can stay a bit longer.

    1. Let’s hope you can come back and stay soon. We have a lot of holiday cottages in the area which would be suitable if the campsite is not a viable option.

  2. I have great memories of holidays on the peninsula as a child. Back then the beaches seemed huge to me as a small kid. I’d love to get back for a nostalgic visit. I think we’re looking at another summer of staycations.

    1. As kids, beaches seemed to go on for miles and miles, its true. We’d love to see you come back to the peninsula for a holiday, and for a staycation. Many thanks, Quality Cottages

  3. That top image of the little boy on the beach is such a great picture, sort of sums up the place. The Llyn beaches are fantastic for kids. My two spent many happy hours there even when there was some sea fret around. They’ll be taking their own kids there one day!

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