Whistling Sands (Porthor (Oer))

Porthor Beach (also known as Port Oer, or Whistling Sands) is an exceptionally pretty beach on the lesser-known Lleyn Peninsula.  Visitors prepared to make the trek along the path from the National Trust car park will be rewarded with a delightful crescent of pale sand and lovely views.  The beach is backed by grassy cliffs and fields of grazing livestock and there are a number of interesting walks nearby.

If you’re wondering why it’s also known as Whistling Sands Beach, come here during a dry spell and you’ll notice the sand making a distinct squeaking noise as you walk over it. This phenomenon is caused by the unusual shape of the sand grains here and this is apparently only one of two beaches in Europe where this effect can be observed.

The beach is popular with families as well as with surfers and bodyboarders although care should be taken in the water as there are a number of submerged rocks and no lifeguards.

During the summer season there is a small shop open next to the beach.

Also known as:

Porthor (Oer)

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog not allowed on this beach between 1st April & 30th September

Gwynedd dog friendly beaches »


  • Surfing


  • Picnic area

Nearest town



LL53 8LG

OS grid ref.

SH 1667 2996


there is a car park a short walk from the beach. (National trust. a charge applies)

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