Hidden Beaches of North Wales

Find the perfect place to relax on a secret beach in North Wales

North Wales boasts some of the most breathtakingly beautiful beaches in the UK. Popular beaches such as Llanddwyn, Abersoch and Harlech can get busy in summertime, so if you are looking for something a little quieter then why not try to find one of these hidden gems? Whether you prefer golden sands that stretch for miles, secluded bays with mountain views or hidden rocky coves teeming with wildlife, one of these beaches is bound to make a wonderful day out for you.


  • Traeth yr Ora

Sitting on the glorious white sand of this picturesque beach on a sunny day, you really could be anywhere in the world. Located on the North East coast of Anglesey, Traeth yr Ora is a secluded bay separated from Lligwy beach by a line of rocks that stretch out into the water. The beach looks out over Dulas Island, with its distinctive pointed tower.
There are many interesting tales associated with this charming stretch of sand and the islands which sit just out from the bay – look out for Prisoners Island which is visible at low tide between Dulas Island and the shore. Legend has it that convicted criminals were tied to these rocks and left to drown at the tide came in!
Traeth yr Ora is a little tricky to get to if you have very small children in tow, as it is about a mile North of Lligwy beach along the Wales coastal path. It is well worth the 20 min walk however, which has delightful views of the grassy headlands and the beautiful blue sea below. This is probably the best beach in this area of Anglesey – the fine white sand is a contrast to the pebble and shingle shores of neighbouring beaches. Best of all, very few people make the effort (or even know about it!)

  • Llanddona

This beautiful long stretch of sand is situated on the eastern coast of Anglesey. As a blue flag beach, it is an ideal spot for families to enjoy, offering plenty of space and soft, golden sands. Llanddona beach forms the eastern end of Red Wharf Bay; from here there are some beautiful scenic walks to nearby Penmon Priory and Holy Well, and Beaumaris is not too far to drive if you want to grab a bite to eat or indulge in some Anglesey ice cream.
To get to Llanddona beach take the turning just after the Owain Glyndwr pub in Llanddona village, and follow the very steep and narrow road down to the car park.

  • White Beach

Not far from Llanddona, just over the hill, is a very secluded, white pebble beach which is a fantastic peaceful spot for a picnic. This sheltered cove is hidden away and may take a little effort to find, but is definitely worth it. This is a truly special place, sit and enjoy the soothing sound of the waves lapping the pebble shore, or when the tide is low you can hunt for fossils in the rocks. There is a tiny car park on the cliffs above, and the approach road is too narrow for motorhomes. Head for the village of Glan-yr-Afon past Llangoed and a narrow lane to the coast.

Llyn Peninsula

  • Porth Towyn

The soft golden sand at Porth Towyn provides a perfect family friendly beach for those seeking a little more tranquillity.  Just like it’s more famous neighbour Whistling Sands (Porth Oer), the sand here squeaks beneath your feet. This beach is located on the northern coast of the Llyn Peninsula, and can at times provide a great spot for surfing. The beauty of the Llyn Peninsula is the incredible sense of being away from it all that it offers. There are walking routes in both directions from the beach for those who want to enjoy spotting wildlife on the rocky shores below.
From the Aberdaron-Nefyn road, turn off to the village of Tudweiliog. There is limited parking on the lane behind the beach itself, so it may be better to park roadside in the village and walk ¾ mile across the fields and down to the beach.

  • Porth Iago

This small sandy beach is an ideal swimming spot, sitting in a sheltered in a rocky cove towards the end of the Llyn Peninsula. Sparkling blue waters roll in to the bay which is located near to Aberdaron, look out for seals and dolphins often spotted off the coast. This wonderful little beach is accessed by a small farm, who charge a small fee for parking. Don’t forget to pack everything you need, as there are no facilities located nearby.

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