Porth Oer, Whistling Sands Wales Guide

Porth Oer or Whistling Sands is a small National Trust Beach located on the Llyn Heritage Coast and backed by steep and grassy cliffs. The beach got its nickname ‘Whistling Sands’ from the sound the granules of sand make under the foot when you walk over them. There’s only one other beach in Europe that offers the same whistling experience.

For families looking for a fun day out, this small beach offers quite an array of activities and things to do with its many footpaths and water sports. It’s important to note that there are dog restrictions on the beach if you plan on bringing your pet along.

How to Get Here

The beach is accessible through various means. The easiest is by bicycle through the NCN Route 43 that goes nearby. You can also access the beach by road through the A499 then B4413- Aberdaron road. From here, you can follow signs to Porthor. Alternatively, you can use Postcode LL53 8LH for pinpoint directions.

When coming by car, be advised that the closes car park is 180m away, so there’s some slight walking but nothing arduous or long.

You can also come by train. But the nearest train station – Pwllheli is 25km away, so you will still need to connect to get closer to the beach.

Although the beach today is a quiet and peaceful spot, it used to be quite busy back in the day. Ships would dock here to unload coal and lime and load local farm produce like cheese, butter, poultry and eggs.

Things To Do in Porth Oer

Porth Oer has plenty to offer its visitors throughout the year. The best time to come would be summer when the weather is perfect. But you can also come during other months of the year.

Water sports

As you would expect with any beach, the most common activity here is water sports. Although the conditions around the beach can change very fast, it’s not uncommon to see a tube or two and the tides at times can swell incredibly high.

There are high cliffs on either side of the beach. As a result, the winds can get messy. The most common type of water sport here is surfing, which is boosted by strong SW winds that create superb wave sailing conditions.

If you’re not a fan of surfing, you can also try out other watersports like bodyboarding, diving and sailing.

The Wales Coast Path

For visitors that are not looking to get wet, you can wander around the Coast Path, which runs past Porth Oer. This walk offers wonderful views along the coast. You get to catch a glimpse of the sea caves, and when you stroll further inland, you will see the ruins of a lookout tower sitting on top of Mynydd Carreg.

If you care to explore the area more, you should see the two islands of Dinas Bach and Dinas Fawr and further down the coastline, you will see the peak of Mynydd Anelog peeking out of the Irish sea.

The path is not long but offers a lot of scenery, making it an excellent activity to distress and help you appreciate what nature has to offer.

Animal and bird watching

While at Porth Oer, you can get to enjoy crystal clear waters and an amazing sunset. You might also get a chance to see a few of the exceptional sea animals and birds the beach has to offer. Seals are the most common here as they come to bask in the sun and take in the heat. You might also see a dolphin occasionally.

There’s also a large population of seabirds, particularly shags and Cormorants. Simply put, this one of a kind beach is proof that the best things in life come in small packages.

Amenities and Facilities

The beach has a picnic area, and over summer, it has a shop and public toilets on site, and you also get a safe parking spot.

While the collection of facilities is not comprehensive, you can find everything you need, including places to eat, accommodation, attractions and shops a stone-throw away.

Some of the facilities include the Becws Islyn Bakery, The Ship Hotel, The Lion Hotel and the Mynydd Mawr Café.

For accommodation, you can check out the Beudy Mawr, Y Gweithdy, Manaros, Glampio Coed Clamping or One Dolfor B&B.

If you have time or you complete your beach expedition early, there are other interesting attractions nearby that you can also check out, like Hell’s Mouth, Aberdaron Beach, Prth y Swnt, Plas Yn Rhiw or Saeth Coed Airsoft.