Ceredigion & Gwynedd Beaches - A Quick Guide
The county of Ceredigion stretches from Cardigan to the Dovey estuary, north of Aberystwyth. Popular, lifeguarded sandy beaches with plenty of facilities are New Quay, Aberystwyth and Borth. For quieter sandy beaches, try Traeth Gwyn or Ynyslas (Dovey estuary). Quiet secluded coves can be found at Traeth Bach, Cwm Silio and Traeth y Coubal. Good surfing beaches are Llangrannog, Aberystwyth South and Borth.
North of the Dovey is the county of Gwynedd, which extends right up to Anglesey. The west-facing coast is mostly sandy and backed by dunes and good for surfing, but there are no beach lifeguards in this county.
British Rail's Cambrian Coast line runs from Aberystwyth to Pwllheli and has stations within walking distance of most of the beaches. Popular sandy beaches with plenty of facilities are at Towyn, Barmouth, Pwllheli and Abersoch. Quieter sandy beaches with plenty of space can be found at Morfa Duffryn, Harlech, Black Rock Sands and Dinas Dinlle. The coast of the Llyn peninsula has numerous quiet coves and secret beaches such as Porth Ysgo, Porth Lyfesig, Porth Ychain and Porth Pistyll.