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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.

Pwllheli is the main town on the Llyn Peninsula, and as such is very busy during the summer months. Launching here is to be done not from the main beach but from the slipway located next to the old Harbour Master’s offices in the Outer Harbour area.

There are limited parking spaces near the Harbour Master’s office building ( N.B The Harbour Master is now located in The Marina, on the opposite side of the water) and also toilet facilities in the main building.

The slipway here is accessible at low and high tide. The slipway can become busy during the summer because it is the main launch point for many in the town and only 1 person can launch / recover at a time, so please be patient. Once in the water you will need to navigate your craft through the Marina Channel, therefore please adhere to the speed restrictions and Buoy systems that apply.

You will notice in the exclusion zone diagram that boats and personal watercraft are not permitted to enter the Glan y Don beach area at any time – this is for the safety of swimmers and other beach users. Please adhere to this exclusion at all times.

As of June 2014, Total Boatcare have taken over the lease of the public slipway. In line with other Council run slipways & access points, the day launch charges are £10 if you do not have a seasonal permit for Gwynedd. You can alternatively use their Tractor Launch service at £25 per day. Park & Launch is also available from £360 per year.

Total Boatcare hold rider responsibility & water safety in high regard, and as such operate a STRICT policy of “No Registration, No Launch”.

The old Harbourmasters office will also shortly come under Total Boatcare ownership, from where launch & recovery will be controlled. For more information, please call them on 01758 613365.

As stated above there is also a Marina in Pwllheli. There are a number of shops here and some offer a launching facility  – Your Gwynedd Daily Launch fee does not allow you free launching at the Marina itself but it is possible to pay there independently to be launched. You will still be required to have a valid registration sticker on your craft.


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.

Once in Pwllheli  continue on the A499 and cross the first roundabout near the Asda supermarket, then continue along the road for aprox 300yds before turning left. Once you reach a set of traffic lights you need to take a left turn on the round about and continue on the road, passing the station and main harbour. You will then arriving at your next roundabout, make a left turn towards the Morfa Garreg housing estate and continue through the estate until you reach the signs which direct you to turn left for the old Harbourmaster’s office and slipway.

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 the A497 towards Pwllheli . Continue on the A497 passing through the town of Criccieth until you reach Pwllheli.

Once in Pwllheli you will see signs towards the Marina on your left hand side take the turning left which takes you over the bridge and over the railway crossing. Do NOT turn into the Marina continue around the bend on the same road for around half a mile until you see the railway station on your right hand side. At this junction turn left the continue until you reach a roundabout take a turning left towards the Morfa Garreg housing estate and continue through the estate until you reach the signs which direct you to turn left for the Old Harbourmaster’s office and slipway.

Useful Numbers

Harbourmaster : 01758 704081 or 07879 433 145

Coast Guard (Holyhead) : 01407 762051

Total Boat Care : 01758 6134365

VHF : 12 / 16

Maritime Office : 01758 704 066

In an Emergency call 999

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