Porth Dinllaen is about 15mins drive from our self-catering famhouse and barn conversion here at Cae Garw on the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales - and extremely popular beach on the Lleyn Peninsula - with a traditional pub - Ty Coch Inn - right on the water's edge.
Owned by the National Trust, Porth Dinllaen - together with Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn form a magnificent 2 miles of sweeping bay . Accessed only on foot - the beach has a magnificent golf course on the headland above.
Ty Coch Pub
Ty Coch pub has been named the "third best beach bar in the world" ( Summer 2013) - beating rivals in Australia, Florida and South Africa by Travel websites, ( congrats to Stuart, Brione and all the team!) - it has also been featured on the TV series "Great Pubs of Wales".
During 2005, this 18th Century fishing village was used as a filming location for the film " Half Light" starring Demi Moore. It is here that they shot the Scottish fishing village scenes, indeed some of the scenes were filmed inside the Ty Coch pub, and a picture of Demi Moore on the wall testifies to this.
Access to the pub is via foot by parking either at the National
Trust car park at the bottom of Golf Road, Morfa Nefyn or in the Golf Club
car park itself. There is a charge for both of these.The pub is about
a 20 minute walk across the golf course.
The inn is a wonderful traditional bar where the old beams
are covered in a mini-museum of vintage jugs, mugs and bottles, and maritime
memories.Summer Opening - Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm / Sunday 11am
till 5pm. Food served 12pm - 4pm every day. (The Ty Coch has reduced opening
times during low season)
Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station
As of 2013 - the new Tamar Class Lifeboat - RNLB John D Spicer - is temporarily kept on a mooring whilst work to build a new boathouse at Porthdinllaen gets underway - so access to Lifeboat Bay and surrounding areas is limited.( Click here for details) However - usually during the summer, various open days allow you to meet the crew and cox, as well as a beach BBQ on the beach in August.
Being part of a Special Area of Conservation , Porth Dinllaen has a diverse marine enviroment and sea divers have come across some interesting finds in the bay like Omalosecosa Reef,anemones,the very rare cup coral,mussels and seagrass beds.Lobster pots are regularly transported by tractor across the beach from this pretty cove.The National Trust exhibition ( open daily through the summer)describes how people have made a living in the small, seaside village over the last 200 years.
An easy circular walk is to go along the beach to Morfa Nefyn, along the headland then onto the Nefyn golf course and down to the Lifeboat Staion at Porth Dinllaen. Click here for a map .
A geocache site also exists here named "Can You Spy a Seal?". For all of you that are new to the sport - Geocaching is an exciting pursuit game of hi-tech treasure hunting especially for GPS users, using their geocache mapping capabilities for finding sites known as caches!