Coastline & Beaches near Cadair Idris, Snowdonia


Cadair Idris, Snowdonia is located conveniently close to a number of enchanting beaches. The views of the coastline from the summit are spectacular, and within half an hour of getting back in your car, you can be enjoying the seaside.

Whether exploring caves and rock pools grabs you, getting active and wet with water sports or having miles of untouched sand to wander along, there’s a beach for everyone, and nearly all lay on the Cambrian Coast train line, if you fancy beach hopping!

Nearest to Dolgellau you’ll find the family-friendly seaside town of Barmouth. Its two miles of sandy beaches and stunning Snowdonia backdrop have made it popular as a holiday destination since the Victorian era. There is traditional seaside fun on the promenade, with donkey rides and ice cream, and a small amusement arcade and fairground.

Barmouth Mawddach Estuary Snowdonia

Just south of Barmouth is Fairbourne, a delightful village on the coast of Barmouth Bay to the south of the estuary of the river Mawddach. The beach at Fairbourne is a ‘blue flag’ beach of over 2 miles backed by steep pebble banks. The beach is an attractive place for people exercising their dogs (during the summer months no dogs are allowed in the central section of the beach). Fairbourne beach is a great place for activities and the village itself has many cafes and restaurants.


Further south you come to the rugged beauty of Cae Du. The cliffs and caves are popular with climbers, while children enjoy exploring the rock pools. You can camp on the cliffs above at the campsite; experience a camp fire with a homemade rocky fireplace, and wake up to a breath taking expanse of sea and sky.

Cae Du Beach

A bit further along is Tywyn, with it’s five miles of sandy beaches and dunes. Especially popular with surfers who enjoy the westerly swells, you can always find a private spot. If you’re lucky you may see harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins.

Tywyn Beach

A few miles stroll along the beach, and you reach the attractive little fishing village of Aberdyfi, with its rows of pastel coloured houses. Here you can fish, sail or take a boat trip or enjoy one of the great places to eat, drink and watch the sun set.

Aberdovey Beach


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