Porth Oer (Whistling Sands)
Aberdaron, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 8LH
This small, picturesque National Trust beach, backed by steep grassy cliffs, is on the Llŷn Heritage Coast. It’s famously known as ‘Whistling Sands’, a nickname based on the sound the granules make underfoot when you walk over its gleaming sand. The sound is created due to the shear stress of weight that is put upon the sand, there are only two beaches in the whole of Europe where you can experience this for yourselves. The nearest car park is 590ft/180m away, though that doesn’t prevent it from being popular with families enjoying a day out. The views from the sands – and the many local footpaths – are stunning. There are dog restriction areas on the beach. Watersports include diving, sailing and surfing, though care must be exercised since conditions can change quickly. Throughout the summer months the beach has a shop and toilets.