Hell’s Mouth BeachAbersoch, Llŷn Peninsula

Hell's Mouth beach on the Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales

On the southern tip of the Llŷn Peninsula lies Porth Neigwl, or Hell’s Mouth, a breathtaking 7km long stretch of golden sand backed by dunes. It is known as one of the most consistent spots for surf in Europe.  

Hell’s Mouth beach is well worth a visit and has something to keep any beach lover busy. The location of the predominantly sand and pebble beach and resulting wave mean Hell’s Mouth is world renowned within the water sports community and is a surfing mecca. The beach takes on a different feel throughout the year. Fair weather can mean a day lounging on the expanse of sand and playing beach games and enjoying a BBQ.


Some say that the name Hell’s Mouth comes from the semi-circular shape of the beach itself which looks like an open mouth, whereas the sailing fraternity would argue that the treacherous waters and resulting shipwrecks that cover the bay are the reason behind it.

Either way, when the swell picks up, the beach is a watersports playground for those wanting decent waves, including the thriving local surfing community. People travel for miles when they see swell on the surf reports from the likes of www.magicseaweed.com who list it as one of their “featured breaks.” Hell’s Mouth is so significant that they report on it daily throughout the year. There is even a webcam in place on the headland at Cilan which gives hourly updates on the swell.

There are times of the year when the beach lives up to its name, and the car park is filled with the vans of surfers, boards strapped to the roof. There is a real buzz and everyone is keen to chat and offer welcome advice to newcomers of all ages.

When the weather is fair, the stunning beach is perfect for families wanting a day out. It’s easily accessed via a 200m sandy footpath from the car park through the dunes. The sheer size of the beach means that even in the height of summer when nearby beaches such as those in Abersoch are packed, you can escape the crowds and find a spot for yourselves. Hell’s Mouth has a laid back feel to it.

You have to have quite a rough and ready approach today out on the beach here. There are no permanent facilities. However, for most of the season, and when there is swell, a mobile snack bar can be found in the car park for that essential cuppa and the ice cream van does a great trade. The vast expanse of sand available means that it’s a great beach to visit as a large group. You can pick your spot, spread out and even in the middle of summer, there is plenty of space for your own game of rounders, to toss a frisbee and fly a kite. The shelter provided by the dunes that back the beach make it great for a BBQ. The closest village, Llanengan, is home to a great pub called The Sun Inn and it is only 2.5 miles to the village of Abersoch.

At a glance
  • British Surf Association surf school www.westcoastsurf.co.uk run lessons from the beach.

  • It is one of the longest beaches in Europe at 7km.

  • The beach is perfect for activities and children and dogs love the space.

  • It is great for a long walk with your dogs or a gallop on a horse.

  • The beach is in a truly unspoilt location.

  • There are no amenities but a snack bar and ice cream van usually show up in the car park.

Beach info


There are no facilities on the beach. The nearest facilities can be found at The Sun Inn in the hamlet of Llanengan or in the larger well-known village of Abersoch just over 3 miles away.



Parking is free in the beach car park, but at busy times the car park fills up quickly. Many opt to park in the long lane that runs adjacent to the beach.


The access to the beach is via a 200m long footpath from the car park that is very well maintained. There is also access from the lane over two stiles and across a field. Both take you to the centre of the beach itself. It is suitable for a buggy, but you may need to drag it behind you at times!

Dog Restrictions

Yes, there are no seasonal restrictions and bins provided specifically for use by dog owners. Please use them!

Top tips
Flora and Fauna
Weather & Tide

It’s great for those wishing to paddle surf.


Yes - however it is not a spot to anchor up.


Yes - it’s renowned for some great wreck dives.


Yes - one of the best and most talked about surf spots on the west coast of the UK. The British Surf Association operate lessons on the beach.


Yes - it’s perfectly located for kite surfing and local kite surfer Jack Meeks recently featured in the Visit Wales advert surfing the wave at Hell’s Mouth.


Yes - the northern and southern ends of the beach are perfect for this.


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