Porth Ysgo Beach

Porth Ysgo Beach - Gwynedd
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Porth Ysgo is a small secluded cove on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula. Owned by the National Trust this serene little beach is just far enough off the beaten track to rarely get busy.

At high tide there isn’t a great deal here except a band of pebbles but as the tide goes out a good sized area of lovely, golden sand is revealed. Access to the beach is via a sturdy set of around 150 wooden stairs which run down the cliffside. There is also a bit of a walk from the nearest parking.

Behind the beach are steeply sloping grassy cliffs. Set back a little way, towards the centre of the beach is Pistyll y Gaseg, a waterfall that can be quite impressive when the stream is in full flow after heavy rain.

On either side of the beach are boulder fields. Whilst these may not be of much interest to most beachgoers they are a huge draw for the climbing community. Porth Ysgo is in fact one of the best bouldering destinations in Wales.

Just behind the beach are the remains of the old Nant manganese mine. Production stopped in 1945 but prior to that a sizeable jetty existed at Porth Ysgo alongside ships were loaded up.

Type of beach

Sand & pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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Nearest town



LL53 8AN

OS grid ref.

SH 2079 2649

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