Although there is plenty of sand at Rhosneigr beach, it is also rocky. Its exposed location makes it ideal for windsurfing and water sports for experienced practitioners, but the sea can be lively for swimming, despite the excellent water quality. The beach has earned the Green Coast Award and is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society. There’s a slipway to assist with boating and public toilets, as well as nearby cafes and shops. This area is a popular surfing spot too.
Beaches in & near Rhosneigr
Wide, sandy beach with rock pools at either end. Used for canoeing, surfing and walking.
Broad Beach is a regular Green Coast Award winner.
Traeth Llydan (Broad Beach) is one of of Rhosneigr's two main beaches and sits to the east of the village. Despite being somewhat smaller than neighbouring Treath Crigyll it is still over a mile long and an equally delightful stretch of golden sand.
The sand here is slightly coarser than it is around the headland and there are a few rocky outcrops at either end. To the back of the beach there are low dunes and beyond these fields which gives the beach a distinctly rural feel.
Traeth Llydan is popular for a range of water-based activities including surfing, swimming, boating, kayaking and snorkelling.
Traeth Crigyll (Town beach) is Rhosneigr's main beach. Located just to the west of the town it is a fine expanse of golden sand.
At Rhosneigr beach you have the best of both worlds; there is easy access from the village, with several roads leading right down onto the beach. As you head west away from the village the backdrop turns into one of low dunes and fields beyond.
Rhosneigr is a great family beach with plenty of exploring to be done. There is a stream where the Afon Crigyll flows into the sea - just about the right size for building a dam. There are also some rocky areas near the town which reveal rockpools at low tide.
Traeth Crigyll is a popular spot among watersports enthusiasts with kite-surfing, windsurfing, canoeing and surfing all possible on the right conditions. The slipway also allows easy beach access making it a good spot for launching small boats.
Whilst swimming here is generally safe there isn't a lifeguard service so care should be taken when bathing.
Windsurfers at Rhosneigr beach
Traeth Cymyran beach is situated at the western end of a two mile stretch of sand extending from the village of Rhosneigr. Cymyran is delineated from neighbouring Traeth Crigyll by a rocky outcrop known as ys Feirig, although this is fairly arbitrary as it is really one long beach.
The length of the beach is backed by low sand dunes and at the far end of Cymyran beach is the channel between Holy Island and Anglesey. Whilst this makes for good fishing the currents here can be extremely dangerous so only swim further down the beach.
Being a bit of a walk from Rhosneigr, Cymyran beach is never busy making it perfect for dogs and horses to enjoy the space to run.
The RAF Valley base is just located directly behind Cymyran. This is an active air base and there are a lot of training flights including fighter jets, which can be a little on the noisy side. However, most visitors manage to block this out and enjoy the scenery, whilst others see it as an added attraction.