Red Wharf Bay (Traeth Coch)

Red Wharf bay is a large bay on the east coast of the island between the villages of Pentraeth and Benllech. At low tide an extensive area of fine sand covering nearly 10 square miles is revealed

The bay is a designated nature reserve and attracts an abundance of birdlife. It is well known amongst twitchers with waders and waterfowl such as purple sandpipers, curlew, shelduck and dunlin being regulars.

Red Wharf is bordered by salt marshes and sand dunes which form a habitat for several interesting plant species, most notably the pyramidal orchid which favours the lime-rich dunes.

The village virtually on the waters edge is a convenient places to grab a bite to eat or drink with three restaurants; The Ship Inn,The Tavern on the Bay and The Boathouse all with great views over the Bay.

Also known as:

Traeth Coch

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Sailing


  • Slipway

Nearest town



LL75 8RJ

OS grid ref.

SH 5328 8117


Free parking available

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Red Wharf Bay Reviews

Amazing Place

Jul 17th 2021

My favourite place in Anglesey. Great pubs/restaurants, fabulous houses right by the beach, amazing views and lovely walks along the beach to Benllech.

Locals not friendly

May 19th 2021

Lovely spot and The Ship Inn and The Boathouse are wonderful for food and drink. However, if you have a campervan , you will find an abusive handwritten note on your windscreen from a resident.


Apr 30th 2021

I can sit and watch the water coming in for hours on end. It is particularly beautiful on an early morning tide when the birds are in abundance.

Not friendly

Sep 02nd 2020

Shame the locals don’t want visitors on motorcycles. I will not return!

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