Fairbourne, Gwynedd, LL38 2DZ
Fairbourne’s beautiful golden sands are backed by a steep bank of pebbles. They fringe a narrow finger of land that extends most of the way across the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, with stunning views of mountains, woodlands and the sea. The west-facing side of the beach can receive strong winds, making it ideal for watersports, especially windsurfing, surfing and sailing. The beach has traces of World War Two – its ‘Dragon’s Teeth’ were tank traps to stop the enemy from landing here. The delightful narrow-gauge Fairbourne Railway – the tiniest of Wales’s many ‘little trains’ – runs to the end of the beach, connecting with a small passenger ferry which completes the journey to Barmouth at the opposite side of the estuary. There are dog restriction areas on the beach.
Fairbourne Beach Safety Notice
Follow Adventure Smart and RNLI guidelines for safe enjoyment of our coast.
Be aware of the following dangers on Fairbourne beach.
- Beware of strong currents
- Beware of large breaking waves
- Take care with inflatables in strong winds
- Beware of powered craft
- Do not dig or burrow in sand dunes
- Keep children under supervision
In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard
- Public transport nearby