Croeso i Pwllheli – Welcome to Porthdinllaen
Porthdinllaen has belonged to the National Trust since 1994. Porthdinllaen has a extensive history which dates back to the 18th century. In fact, Porthdinllaen means “the harbour of Dinllaen” this name orginates from the Lageni tribe. Porthdinllaen started as an iron age fort on the headland but quickly turned the fully working harbour into a main port for shipbuilding and fishing industries. To this date the harbour is still used by local fisherman.
This spacious sandy beach can be visited all year round. The beach is well-maintained by the National Trust and has stunning views in all directions. Porthdinllaen is bursting with rock pools and wildlife. Near Porthdinllaen is a Tavern called, Tŷ Coch and here you can enjoy a range of drinks and small bites. Access to the pub is via foot as vehicle access is for residents only.
In the 18th century Porthdinllaen started as an iron age fort on the headland but quickly turned the fully working harbour into a main port for shipbuilding and fishing industries. The harbour was useful for landing and loading cargo. Due to the harbour being enclosed passing ships would sometimes take shelter there due to tough winds and tides.
In the 19th century parliamentary powers were obtained for Porthdinllaen and the harbour would then become a port for ships to Dublin. Member of parliament, William Maddock, took this opportunity and built a causeway (road connecting to an island at low tide) at Porthmadog. The reason for this was that cargo could be easily transported from London to Dublin via Porthdinllaen. Fast forward to the present day and the harbour is still used by local fisherman and you can still see the causeway…at low tide of course.
The car park is 1 mile from the beach. Accessibility to Porthdinllaen is limited with a few uneven surfaces and steps. Please take this into consideration before planning your trip. National Trust own the car park. Parking is free for members of the National Trust. Pay and display machines accept coins only however, you can pay online using PayByPhone. We recommend you download the app beforehand. Public toilets can be found close by. There are dog restriction areas on the beach as well as a boat exclusion zones.
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