Far from offering just a bucket and spade for entertainment,North Wales’ coast is packed with exciting activities, great for family days out. Of course, for those who like nothing more than making sandcastles, there are award-winning, beautiful beaches, many of which are in the shadow of real-life castles, just in case you need inspiration for your creations.
The nearest beach is only 40 minutes drive from Pen Y Garth, Bala being an ideal location for various activities within an hours drive in either direction. Barmouth beach or 'Black Rocks' beach in Porthmadog being closest, both have fantastic views and you can also drive your car on Black Rocks beach for convenience. They have designated dog beaches so that you can rest assured that you can let your dog off the lead.
Suggestion by Lliwen, Pen y Garth Manager - "If you go to Porthmadog beach, make sure to stop and have a homemade welsh ice cream at 'Cadwaladers' they are superb!"
Porthor is one of the few places in the UK where you can both feel the sand between your toes – and hear the sand between your toes, too! It’s a remarkable beach, not just down to its spectacular beauty, but thanks to its ‘Whistling Sands’, caused by the squeaky whistle emitted by these particular sand particles when rubbed together in warm weather. The National Trust looks after this beach, which is a popular surfing spot and well-loved by families. Wildlife adventure packs are also available at the beach cabin in spring and summer.