Porth Dinllaen is a hamlet situated on the Llyn (sometimes Lleyn) peninsula in Gwynedd, North Wales. Porth Dinllaen is a picturesque harbour village with golden sands, rock pools and views to die for. It nestles on a narrow strip of seashore between the cliff side and the clean blue seas close to the seaside resort and small town of Nefyn.
Porth Dinllaen Beach: The beach at Porth Dinllaen is a broad stretch of curving, and gently shelving sands ideal for beach games, sheltered by rock headlands. If the tide is in then you have clear blue seas and the boats bobbing in the safe harbour. If the tide is out then you have rock pools and banks of seaweed, a perfect beach for children whether they are paddling, crabbing, shrimping, or simply enjoying the golden sands. One of my favourite Welsh beaches.
Nefyn Golf Club: Nefyn Golf Club used to be described as one of Wales' 'best kept secrets'. However today the secret is out and visitors from all over the world make the
trip to this spectacular piece of coastline known as the Llyn Peninsula to experience not only the challenge of the golf course, but also the breathtaking scenery and tranquility of its secluded location.
Porthdinllaen Lifeboat: The Porthdinllaen lifeboat station lies in a small cove to the north of the village, and owes its existence to the results of a severe storm in December 1863. Some 18 ships sheltering in Porthdinllaen Bay were driven ashore and wrecked. A local man Robert Rees of Morfa Nefyn, tied a rope around his waist and, with the help of four men, succeeded in saving 28 lives from the various vessels. A few days later a request was sent to R.N.L.I. headquarters in London for a lifeboat station to be established at Porthdinllaen and the request was formally approved in March 1864.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
There is a popular walk to Porth Dinllaen from Morfa Nefyn. The car park is close to the beach, and it is then just a short walk to the sands. Bear left on the beach and simply follow the shoreline around the bay to the Porth Dinllaen beach. There are fantastic views of the Rivals and the Llyn peninsula coastline. If the tide is in then you have clear blue seas and the boats bobbing in the safe harbour. If the tide is out then you have rock pools and great banks of seaweed, a perfect beach for children whether they are paddling, crabbing, shrimping, or simply enjoying the golden sands.
Refreshments are available on the beach at the Ty Coch Inn, and, if you can drag yourself away from this little bit of heaven, continue on to the point and the small cove that holds the Lifeboat Station. Follow the steps uphill to the Nefyn Golf Course to continue the walk. There are fine views from the golf course of the coastline to the west of Porth Dinllaen. Follow the footpath through the golf course to return to the car park.
Porthdinllaen has a rich history that includes shipbuilding, fishing and smuggling. The headland forms a natural harbour that affords protection from the prevailing westerly winds and Porthdinllaen became important as a harbour of refuge and a busy port with as many as 900 vessels entering the harbour in 1840.
With the coming of the railway and the industrial age, Porth Dinllaen was on the point of becoming one of the major ports in Great Britain. As Porth Dinllaen was clearly on the shortest route from Dublin to London, it was proposed in the mid 19th century to build a harbour and rail terminal that would have matched the present development at Holyhead. It is our great good fortune that this never materialised and to this day, the village consists of a pub (the Ty Coch), a cluster of cottages and a lifeboat house.
Today Porth Dinllaen is in the care of the National Trust, and both working fishing boats and pleasure boats shelter in the natural harbour. Let “us” trust that the National Trust can look after this beautiful part of the Llyn peninsula and that it will once again be protected from over development, albeit this time by design not accident.
Directions: To visit Porth Dinllaen take the B4417 road to Morfa Nefyn and follow the signs to the National Trust car park (off Golf Road). There are steps down to the beach from where you can cross the sands to PorthDinllaen.