St. Ishmael Beach

Set at the at the mouth of three large river estuaries St Ishmael is a very secluded, mostly shingle beach. There are some sandy patches which become more frequent at the western end of the beach. The beach is surrounded by cliffs, and the coastal path that passes the beach offers excellent views of the surrounding rugged coastline and out across Carmarthen Bay.

The closest parking is in the village of St Ishmael, about half a mile from the beach. The beach can be accessed only across fields or along the coastal path. Due to the remote location, the beach has no facilities, but a pub with a beer garden can be found in the village, and there is a bed and breakfast nearby.

Carmarthen Bay is a Special Protected Area, and there is a variety of wildlife in the area, including many water birds that make the nearby river estuaries home. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path that passes the beach is part of the 870- mile-long Wales Coast Path.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Pub nearby

Nearest town



SA17 5UH

OS grid ref.

SN 3654 0745

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