Fairbourne Beach is a 2 mile long sandy beach situated on the southern side of the Mawddach estuary. It is backed by a pebble bank at the southern end and dunes at the northern end. There are three main car parks - the ones at the south and at the centre of the beach are P&D, whilst the one at the far northern end is free (June 2013). The latter faces east and has good views of Barmouth bridge and the Cambrian mountains.
Fairbourne railway station is approximately ½ mile from the beach and the station for the narrow gauge Fairbourne Railway is next to it. This line runs down to the beach and then along to the northern end, connecting with a passenger ferry across the estuary to Barmouth. There are toilets here, and drinking water is available. Dog restrictions apply to the southern half of the beach from 1st April to 30th September. Swimming is generally safe at the southern end, away from the estuary. It's also a good beach for surfing and windsurfing.
On the hills to the south of the beach are the remains of old slate quarries, one of which is now flooded and is known as the Blue Lake (bottom photo). This is quite popular for swimming and can be accessed through a short tunnel. It can be found by following the coastal path (heading south) along Fordd Panteinion and taking the path to the quarry workings. Generally, swimming is not allowed in quarry lakes, but the Health and Safety kill-joys seem to have overlooked this one.