* From 2018 onwards, the launching of Personal Watercraft is no longer permitted at this location. There will be a locked bollard system in place & access will only be allowed to boat owners with a craft on a mooring *
Before launching your craft it is vitally important for your own personal safety and the safety of others that you take the time to read carefully the
Rules & Regulations as set out by Gwynedd Council. Please adhere to these rules and regulations at all time.
The village of Trefor lies along the A499 between the towns of Caernarfon and Pwllheli and at the foot of the Eifl Mountains.
The small harbour was originally used to transport granite stones from the nearby mountain quarry. A number of small fishing boats occupy the inner harbour, and the pier which extends 200 meters to the sea is a very popular fishing spot.
There is a small slipway at Trefor but you can only really launch from the slipway (pic.2) itself at really high tide.
Because of the soft sand on the beach at Trefor – from April to mid September the Maritime Unit place a boardwalk from the bottom of the slipway towards the sea.
When the boardwalk is not in place you must take care when launching because of the soft sand – a four wheel drive vehicle would be advantageous but we would take great care if thinking of taking a vehicle away from the slipway.
Parking at Trefor should be at the car park on your right as you arrive at the bottom of the hill. Even though there is plenty of room to turn around near the slipway you are not permitted to park here.
There are toilet facilities in the car park which are open during summer and a newsagents located in the village.
Fishing from the pier at Trefor is popular, so bear this in mind if you ride close to the pier. A lead fishing weight (or hook) in the head might upset you somewhat!!
(Ordnance Survey Ref : OS 375475)
From the A55 turn off at Bangor and head towards Caernarfon on the A487. After going through Caernarfon follow the signs towards Pwllheli on the A499.
Continue along the A499 through the village of Clynnog Fawr. Shortly after Clynnog Fawr (approx.3/4 miles) you will see signs towards Trefor take a right turn towards the village and continue on this road for 1 mile into the village.
Almost immediately after you enter the 30mph zone there is a sharp turning on your right hand side – this road leads you down to the launch site.
As you reach the bottom of this quite narrow and winding road the car park is on your right hand side.
From the A5 you will need to follow the road towards and through the town of Porthmadog where you need to make a left turn on the main roundabout onto the A497 towards Pwllheli .
Continue on the A497 passing through the town of Criccieth until (approx. 3 miles outside of Criccieth) you reach a garage on your right hand side, take a right turn just after the garage towards the village of Chwilog, continue through the village towards Y Ffôr.
Once you arrive at Y Ffôr take a right turn at the crossroads onto the A499 towards Caernarfon.
The next village you arrive at will be Llanaelhaearn once you pass through the village continue on the A499 for approx 2 miles, passing the first turning towards Trefor and taking the second turning on your left for Trefor (should you take the first turning into the village don’t worry all you need to do is follow the road straight through the village and as you are about to leave the 30mph zone you will see the turning for the launch site on your left).
Almost immediately after you enter the 30mph zone there is a sharp turning on your right hand side – this road leads you down to the launch site. As you reach the bottom of this quite narrow and winding road the car park is on your right hand side.
There is no place to re-fuel your craft once you are in Trefor. The last place if travelling from A55 direction is Clynnog Fawr, and Four Crosses if travelling through Pwllheli (If you avoid Pwllheli the last garage is between Criccieth and Chwilog) so make sure you have enough fuel!!
Harbourmaster : 01758 704 081 or 07879 433 145
Coast Guard (Holyhead) : 01407 762 051
VHF : 12 / 16
Maritime Office : 01758 704 066
In an Emergency call 999