Beautiful beaches on the south coast of Llŷn

View towards Llanbedrog beach, Llŷn Peninsula

Explore some of our best beaches and find the best spots for wildlife, coastal views, climbing, surfing and walks on the peninsula. Relive special moments and create hundreds of new ones.

The beach can be where some of our most precious memories are made. There are endless rock pools to explore, shells to be collected and sandcastles to be created and conquered.

Hell's Mouth

An adventure for families as much as adrenaline junkies, Hell's Mouth (Welsh: Porth Neigwl) sits between the headlands of Mynydd Penarfynydd and Mynydd Cilan, close to the tip of the Llyn peninsula. This iconic 7km beach is one of the most consistent surf spots on the Llyn.

Relax on a gently shelving beach with vast expanses of sand and medium-sized pebbles at high tide. You can enjoy a number of great walks nearby with the Llyn Coastal Path running alongside the beach.
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This south west facing beach offers North Wales's best and most reliable surf break and is great for surfing, body boarding and kayaking because of the large waves you’ll find here.

Surf conditions are fairly consistent as this long bay collects any swell pushing in from the Atlantic. The best waves break around mid-tide, and a reef at the northern end usually produces the best surf. Porth Ceiriad, Porthor and Trefor are other top surfing spots in the area, with Ceiriad in particular giving Llyn’s best barrel in the right conditions.

Explore Llŷn’s best surf spots
Surfing in Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd
Explore Llŷn’s best surf spots

Porth Ysgo

A couple of miles from Aberdaron, you’ll find a unique collection of sea-washed gabbro boulders where you can practice the art of bouldering. The landings are invariably rocky, so do bring a pad (or two) and a friendly spotter.

This is one of Britain's best bouldering locations with perfect rock, and grades from easy up to the hardest in the country all set in a wonderful location next to the sea. Head to Talfarach and Mynydd y Graig for further exploration.

Porth Ceiriad

This idyllic sandy beach is a pot of Welsh gold, popular with walkers, surfers and geologists alike. As with Hell's Mouth, dogs are allowed all year round and the beach can be accessed from the Wales Coast Path.

South facing and very sheltered, it's a good beach for sunbathing and popular for most water sports, especially surfing, body-boarding, water-skiing, kayaking and sailing. Surf conditions at Porth Ceiriad can be excellent and are best around mid to high tide. Big swell days are not for beginners.

Explore beautiful landscapes

A short walk along Porth Ceiriad beach will reveal a fascinating insight into the formation of this part of the peninsula. Look away from the sea for a moment, back towards land, and you will see millions of years of geological evolution in front of you.

As you walk along take note of the angle of the rock layers. They are not horizontal. Millions of years of forces have ‘folded’ these rocks and tilted them into the shapes and angles we see today.