Porthlysgi Beach

Porthlysgi Beach - Pembrokeshire
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Located towards the tip of the St David’s peninsula this is one of the most westerly beaches in Wales. Porthlysgi is set in an idyllic cove backed by low grassy cliffs this is a beautifully tranquil spot.

At high tide the beach is mostly shingle but as the tide drops away a stretch of golden sand is revealed, along with an abundance of rockpools. The clean, clear water here is inviting and this is generally a safe spot for a swim (although take care as there may be no one to save you!).

The bay in which Porthlysgi sits is divided by a small headland with the smaller, less accessible Porth Coch B√Ęch beach sitting to the east. This slightly smaller cove is even more exclusive with a low tide scramble across the rocks the only way of getting there.

Just off the mouth of the bay is the rugged little island of Carreg Yr Esgob (Bishop Rock).

It is said that the name of the cove comes from Irish warrior who came ashore at Porthlysgi and went on to kill the local Celtic chieftain.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Swimming/bathing
  • Rock pooling

Nearest town



SA62 6RS

OS grid ref.

SM 7309 2376

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