Llanddwyn Island BeachNewborough, Anglesey

Llanddwyn Island, Newborough, Anglesey, North Wales

Llanddwyn Island beach, to the north of the main beach of Newborough, is an idyllic little spot on the tidal island of the same name. With fabulous bathing, great fishing, and stunning views of the
Llŷn Peninsula and Snowdonia, you simply have to make time to visit this magical place.

Llanddwyn beach is an ideal picnic site in sunny weather, but also an exciting spot when Anglesey’s wild winter winds are blowing! With its backdrop of historic buildings, fascinating dunes, wondrous rocky outcrops, and breathtaking views, the whole island is a perfect place for an hour or two of exploration and adventure!


Llanddwyn is not quite an island, as it remains attached to the mainland except on the highest tides. However, cut off or not, it certainly has that special ‘island feel’! With its various little coves and bays, as well as being criss-crossed with various footpaths, its a wonderful place for a walk. Along with sports enthusiasts, it’s enjoyed by nature lovers, photographers...and romantics! As part of the Newborough National Nature Reserve, the area has something for everyone - and the island is a ‘must see’ Anglesey destination! The Island’s main beach is situated just below the pilot’s cottages, towards the far end, on the eastern side. 

At a glance
  • A truly idyllic setting!

  • Wonderful walks - with breathtaking views!

  • Lots of little coves and bays for swimming, kayaking and canoeing.

  • Seal and boat watching is great from here.

  • Kids love exploring this exciting island.

  • History and romance combined - it’s known as the Welsh Love Island!

Beach info

Beach type

The Island’s main beach is mostly sandy. Other bays on the island are either sandy or covered in a fine dark (volcanic) shingle.


There are public loos next to Newborough beach in the main car park. Open all year round, with disabled facilities and outside taps.


It’s about a mile from Newborough village to the edge of the forest, where’s there’s a toll barrier for the main car park. It’s not far from here to the parking area. This car park is large, and the one closest to the island (about a mile’s walk away). Parking costs £4. You can buy an annual pass for £25.


Access from the main car park to the Newborough’s main beach involves a short walk over the dunes. There’s a wooden boardwalk that leads to a viewing platform over the beach, which also heads into the forest. The ‘drop’ down onto the beach is a little steep in places. From the beach head to the right/west where you’ll see Llanddwyn Island in the distance - it’s approximately a mile away. There are steps and steep-ish routes leading from Newborough beach onto the island. Once on the island, you can take the path that runs down the middle or the circular coastal path. The coastal path on the left (the eastern side) will get you to Llanddwyn Island’s main beach (below the pilot’s cottages) more quickly. From the car park to the Island’s beach takes about 35 - 45 minutes, depending on your pace, and how much exploring you do! Not really suitable for pushchairs, but some people do take them. Those with limited mobility will find the walk to the island, as well as from here to the island’s main beach, pretty tough going.

Dog restrictions

A dog ban operates from 1st April to 30th September on the west/right-hand section of the beach (as you look out to sea from the main access point from the parking area). During this time, dogs are not allowed on the area of beach between the main car park and the causeway to Llanddwyn Island - nor on the island itself.

Top tips
Flora & Fauna
Weather & tide

Paddleboarding is a lovely way to see Llanddwyn Island from the water.


 VERY popular on the nearby (larger) Newborough Beach!


Because of the distance from the parking area (over a mile), you may want to start off from Newborough’s main beach.


Popular from most of the rocks, ledges and little bays off Llanddwyn Island. Well know for all the usual including mackerel, pollock and wrasse - but also great for bass! The tide-race up and down the Menai Strait makes things interesting, with bass following and feeding off smaller fish as it rushes in and out as the tide turns. Night fishing in the area is common


Because of the distance from the parking area (over a mile), you may want to start off from Newborough’s main beach.


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