Morfa Nefyn to Porthdinllaen BeachNefyn, Llŷn Peninsula

Morfa Nefyn to Porthdinllaen beach, Llŷn Peninsula

The beach at Morfa Nefyn is a beautiful stretch of sand on the north coast of the Llŷn Peninsula. It runs from the village of Morfa Nefyn down to the hamlet of Porthdinllaen, home to a world-famous pub on the sand and it’s significant connections to the RNLI, who have a large station here. 

The sheltered sandy stretch of sand spanning the bay in front of the village of Morfa Nefyn and Porthdinllaen, sheltered by the Carreg Duu headland is famous for wonderful views out across the Irish Sea, golden sand, sheltered waters creating a natural harbour, some fab pubs and a rich maritime history.


The long stretch of sand is best accessed from either the car park at Morfa Nefyn or through Nefyn Golf Club down to Porthdinllaen. It is the sandy beach that links both the villages and is the easiest, and prettiest way to walk between the two. The picture-perfect fisherman's cottages dotted along the sand have the beach on their doorstep and even the pub, The Ty Coch, in Porthdinllaen (recently named the third best beach bar in the world), has steps down to the sand where you can enjoy a pint with the sand between your toes. There is a significant attachment to the sea and in 1806 there were plans to make it a significant port for crossings to Ireland. This, fortunately, didn’t happen and Holyhead was chosen. Instead, the area retains an old world charm and the beach is owned and protected by The National Trust.

There’s a great “rock jump” if you take the path around the headland to the left of the Ty Coch, in Porthdinllaen. Walk about 50 yards to the concrete platform on the right. When the tide is high it’s a great little “jump” and a 50-yard swim back to the beach.

At a glance
  • The tiny hamlet of Porthdinllaen itself is car-free making it great for families with children.

  • The sand is a great children’s playground and when the tide goes out there are great rockpools to explore under the headland and off the slipway.

  • Home to the famous pub, the Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen and The Cliffs pub at Morfa Nefyn.

  • It’s a great spot to reach by boat, and the sheltered harbour means that you can anchor up and enjoy lunch on the sand.

  • The villages of Porthdinllaen, Morfa Nefyn and down to the town of Nefyn’s beaches combine to create a 3 mile long stretch of sand to enjoy.

  • While away the hours people watching and chatting to the local fisherman who bring their catch up on to the sand.

  • The beach sits within the Llŷn Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as being part of the Pen Llŷn A’r Sarnau Special Area of Conservation (SAC) as so the landscape and seas are protected making it a great spot to view wildlife.

Beach info

Beach type

Sandy and pebbly in parts.


There are public toilets on the beach at the bottom of the steps from the car park in Morfa Nefyn.

There are toilets on the beach at Porthdinllaen that are actually part of the Ty Coch Inn. The pub is such a part of the beach that they don’t mind you using them, especially if you buy your drinks and ice creams inside the pub!

There are a couple of shops in Morfa Nefyn, including a fantastic grocer selling delights for the picnic basket.


The main car park is at the top by Nefyn Golf Club. It is managed by The National Trust and so is free to members. Non-members must pay £5. In the winter months, you can park in the golf club car park for free and walk down.

There is limited on-street parking in Morfa Bychan village.


For those less mobile, have a chat to the reception at Nefyn Golf Club and they will allow you to drive through the golf club down to the village to drop off. The golf club controls the barrier and so even if it up when you get there, it does not mean that it will be when you try to drive back up, so it is best to get permission.

Dog Restrictions 

Dogs are welcome on the beach throughout the year. It’s advisable to keep them on a lead in front of the Ty Coch so as not to annoy those dining on the sand!

Top tips
Flora & Fauna
Weather & tide

Morfa Nefyn provides a good place to anchor up and head to the beach.


The bay is good for diving and snorkelling, especially off the headland.


The sheltered bay is great for swimmers of all ages and abilities.


There are some great fishing spots on the headland and the chance of catching just about anything from bass to Pollack to Mackerel. However, when fishing off the endpoint, don’t get caught out when the tide comes in.


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