Much of North West Wales is a well kept secret, and for those who discover its treasures, it can feel like stumbling upon another world – especially if you’re more used to travelling to the same old holiday hotspots crammed with tourists every summer.
In this wild and unspoilt region, there are many beaches that offer a true sense of ‘getting away from it all’, and while you might not have the sand entirely to yourself, you definitely won’t be in the shadow of somebody else’s windbreak. All these North Wales secret beaches are within easy driving of Celtic Royal Hotel.
Llanddwyn Beach, Anglesey
If you had to describe the perfect beach, ‘Llanddwyn’ wouldn’t be a bad word to start with. Its golden sands are backed by rolling dunes and trails that lead off into the grassland and nearby nature reserves.
The beach is a favourite with families, from kite-flying to splashing in the waves and exploring the dunes, and the trade-off for this is that it is less of a ‘secret beach’ than the others on this list.
However, it is possibly the single best beach on Anglesey, and widely regarded as one of the best anywhere in Wales or elsewhere in the UK – compelling credentials to add it to the itinerary for your next Anglesey holiday.
White Beach, Anglesey
So-called White Beach, on account of its bright pebbles, is a hidden cove tucked away behind the yellow crowns of gorse-covered hills in Anglesey’s north east corner. Just 10 minutes’ drive yet a world away from Beaumaris, White Beach (by Fedw Fawr farm on Ordnance Survey maps) takes some finding. A long, narrow approach road surprisingly ends in a small car park above the cliffs.
Getting down to the beach is a clamber and not easy is very wet weather. Otherwise this is a lovely, secluded little spot. Bring binoculars and use the clifftop vantage point as a great place to spot seals and harbour porpoises.
Traeth Yr Ora, Anglesey
North Wales secret beaches don’t come more hidden than the one at Yr Ora – which literally translates into English as ‘Secret Beach’.
The name alone makes it a perfect place for families with young children, who will undoubtedly feel a surge of excitement at the prospect.
You’ll find it on the east coast of Anglesey, on Dulas Bay – and look out for the tiny Ynys Dulas (Dulas Island), also known to some as Seal Island, located about a mile off the coast.
Its stone tower is the landmark to look for – reputedly this was built and stocked with food and water, so any shipwreck survivors who came ashore on the island could survive until rescue arrived.
Yr Eifl, Caernarfon
Another of the great North Wales secret beaches to spark the imagination, Yr Eifl translates as ‘The Rivals’, and with its hill fort of Tre’r Ceiri meaning ‘Town of the Giants’, there are plenty of story-telling opportunities here.
The peak of Yr Eifl itself is the highest point on the Llyn Peninsula, and the mountainous landscape is famous as the source of granite for Olympic curling stones, as well as literally paving the streets of London.
If you’re just interested in the beach, and not the mountains, make sure you are on the southern side of the high ground, as the rocky outcrop reaches all the way to the water.
South of the ridge, there is a stretch of pebble beach that gradually turns into a lengthy strip of clean sand along the coast to Pistyll and Nefyn and beyond.
Image: Traeth yr Ora, Anglesey © Copyright Jeremy Bolwell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.