Fairbourne Beach

Fairbourne beach lies on the North Wales coastline on the southern side of the Mawddach Estuary.  At high tide the beach is mainly composed of sloping pebbled banks backed by grassy dunes but when the tide is out a two mile stretch of golden sand is exposed. 

From the beach there are lovely views out into the Irish Sea contrasting beautifully with the Snowdonia Mountains inland.

A narrow gauge heritage miniature railway operates here during the summer season and this links to a passenger ferry which takes day trippers across the estuary to Barmouth.  The west-facing side of the beach can be popular with surfers when the conditions are right.

The beach has the remains of some interesting World War II defences.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are banned from the central third of the beach between 1st April and 30th September. However, there is still plenty of space on either side of the beach.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



LL38 2DX

OS grid ref.

SH 6099 1304


Parking available inc disabled - charges apply

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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