Local Beaches and Coves
Porth Ysgo (walking distance)
This small cove is closest to the cottage, and is a great spot to spend a beach day, especially during the summer months, when it is normally covered in sand. Reached by steps down the cliffside, here are rock-pools aplenty to explore, so take your net. It is little known except by locals, so for much of the year you can frequently have this special place to yourself, except perhaps for the occasional visiting school of dolphins!
Aberdaron Beach (2 miles away)
Base yourself on this mile-long, sandy beach all day, and be close to ice-creams, drinks, snacks and civilisation. The long, sweeping bay means you will always find a quiet spot to settle into, and the view of the two small islands (known as the Gull Islands) just offshore is stunning. It is a safe beach for swimming and watersports, and the village and facilities are directly off the beach, including the pub with terrace overhanging the sand, the Ty Newydd.
The sand here is unique – it whistles underfoot as you walk. One of our favourite beaches all year round, and especially in quieter months. A cafe on the beach provides ice-cream, snacks and drinks, and this is a lovely spot to end the day with a coffee as the sun goes down. Popular with families, but rarely overcrowded, access is down quite a steep hill from the (NT-operated) car park, with toilets available.
This is a bustling, lively resort with a number of lovely, sandy beaches and a deserved reputation as an upmarket place to ‘see and be seen’, and as a sailing centre. Busy in summer months, so expect to share the beach with a host of other families. Parking can be scarce in the peak season, but it is well worth finding a spot and spending a day looking out at the beautiful bay and islands lying offshore, and paddling or swimming in the clear waters.
On the North coast, a deep, small sandy bay is tucked snugly into grassy hillsides. Take a picnic as no facilities here, just beautiful, golden sand.
This picturesque little village on the beach started our love of the area many years ago. It has not changed at all, retaining its charm, character and other worldliness, though now owned by the National Trust. Spend a day on the fine, sandy beach, buy ice-creams from the little hut, have a cool pint of Guinness from the much-photographed Ty Coch (Red House) Inn, and sit on the sea wall watching the bathers and moored boats. When you’re exhausted by all that, go back inside and order a fresh crab salad.
Park in the large (NT-operated) car park at Morfa Nefyn, and either walk along the beach or over the golf course (along a spectacularly scenic public path), until you reach the village of Porthdinllaen, around 20 minutes walk. Family-friendly, with toilets and food available, and the beach here is a delight at all times of year.
There are many more beautiful beaches in the area, and you can always be sure to find a quiet spot away from the busier, more popular locations.