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Located just around the headland from Nefyn itself, is the village of Morfa Nefyn wherein lies the small fishing hamlet of Porthdinllaen. The hamlet is owned by the National Trust and is very popular during the summer with swimmers, boats, canoeists and PWC users.

There is a slipway to launch but only during high tide can you launch from the slipway itself.It is, like in Nefyn mainly beach launch and the sand can become very soft especially during summer.

Your best option for launching if you do not have a 4×4 is to bring your craft down to the slipway then un-hook your trailer and manually push your craft down the slipway to the water. During the summer I usually find a friendly 4×4 owner will help you out if you are struggling.

There is limited on-street parking near the slipway during winter months, but due to congestion you are not able to park on the road towards the slipway during the summer. There is another pay and display car park located near to the golf course to the left of the each access road. A small charge applies….Unless you are a National Trust member, whereupon parking is free.

My recommendation is that you launch your craft, leave the trailer secured on the beach in the designated area, and park in the pay and display car park. From the car park there are steps at the far right hand corner, which take you back down the cliff to the slipway.

There are toilet facilities at the slipway which are open during summer months, and the village itself has amenities such as shop, garage and restaurants.

Morfa Nefyn is also somewhat famous for the fact that there is a pub on the beach – named the Ty Coch Inn (Ty Coch means Red House in welsh). A word of advice though…..Not too many beers if you’re going to continue skiing, or driving home!

Also located in the bay is an RNLI station. For 2014 onwards and to accommodate the arrival of their new TAMAR class Lifeboat, Porthdinllaen now has a brand new purpose built Lifeboat Station facility. The station opened in April 2014, and the crew are ready to save lives out at sea as always.

Please take time to have a look at the station website

(Ordnance Survey Ref : OS 283409)

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.4 to 5 miles) you will arrive at a straight 1/4 mile stretch of road, at the end on this stretch there will be a sign on your right hand side for the B4417 and Nefyn. Take a right turning at the sign and follow this very scenic B4417 costal road for approximately 7 miles through the villages of Llanaelhaearn, Llithfaen and Pistyll until you arrive at Nefyn.

Once in Nefyn you need to turn right on the roundabout (still B4417) (3 exit), follow the road for 3 or 4 miles until you arrive at the village of Morfa Nefyn. Once you enter the village continue for about half a mile and you will see a turning on the right hand side towards the golf course and beach. Take the right hand turning and continue on the road for about 1/2 a mile until you reach a new set of flats on your left hand side, opposite which is the right hand turn towards the beach.

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 you reach Pwllheli.

Once you arrive in Pwllheli you need to follow the A499 through the town following the signs for Abersoch. As you make you way out of Pwllheli you will come to a long half mile stretch of road at the end of which is a garage on your left hand side and just after a roundabout. Take the second turning on the roundabout DO NOT continue on the A499 to Abersoch get into the central lane and turn towards Nefyn A497.

Continue on this road or several miles and pass through the villages of Efailnewydd and Boduan until you arrive at a roundabout opposite which is a Pub. Go straight ahead on the round about (second exit) towards Morfa Nefyn and continue until you arrive in the village of Morfa Nefyn. Once you arrive in the village continue until you arrive at a junction here you need to cross the road and take the road towards the golf course and beach.

Continue on the road for about 1/2 a mile until you reach a new set of flats on your left hand side, opposite which is the right hand turn towards the beach.


If there are no spaces on the road down to the beach you should turn around at the slipway, then go back to the junction at the end of the road and turn right towards the golf course.  The pay & display car park is on your right hand side, and well sign-posted.

Helpful Hint

If you don’t have a 4 wheel drive, and find yourself struggling to launch/ recover your ski from either Morfa Nefyn or Nefyn beach (or if you just simply don’t want to put your car on the sand) then you can call upon a couple of local “Tractor Launch” operatives to help you out.

We will update details for any services available in 2021.

Useful Numbers

Coast Guard (Holyhead) : 01407 762 051

VHF : 12 / 16

Pwllheli Harbourmaster : 01758 704 081 or 07879 433145

Maritime Office : 01758 704 066

In an Emergency call 999

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