The Beach Guide

Fairbourne Beach

Fairbourne Beach - Gwynedd

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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?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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    LL38 2DX

    OS grid ref.

    SH 6099 1304

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