The Ty Coch Inn, The Best Kept Secret in Wales!

Beach Walk to Ty Coch Inn Atlas Introspective

I discovered the Ty Coch Inn while living in Penrhyn Bay. Every weekend we explored our home away from home, North Wales. The Ty Coch Inn was one of my favourite day trips.

The Ty Coch Inn (Welsh for ‘Red House’) is in the small village of Porthdinllaen on the Lleyn Peninsula. It’s a pub on a beach, only accessible on foot. Technically there is a road but it’s for residents only. As far as villages go, Portdinllaen is tiny, made up of two dozen buildings all owned by the National Trust. Hence parking space is at a minimum. It takes a lot to impress an Australian when it comes to beaches, but this is one of the best beach bars in Wales.

Ty Coch Inn edited Atlas Introspective

Originally built in 1823, the Ty Coch Inn was a vicarage before opening as an inn in 1842. In 2013 it was ranked the third best beach bar in the world. The effort required to reach this charming pub contributes to the atmosphere and there was a relaxed, communal vibe amongst the patrons.

Boat on shore Nefn Atlas Introspective

The Ty Coch Inn is right on the sand. So if the weather is fine grab one of the benches outside and enjoy views of the Irish Sea. What makes this a wonderful day trip and not just a place to stop for lunch is the beach walk. Take your time, enjoy the scenery and get your feet wet!

Getting there:

Park at the National Trust car park in Morfa Nefn (fees apply). Either walk through Nefn Golf Club or along the beach. We did both, and the 20 minute beach is definitely the most scenic route (tide permitting).

North Wales coast Atlas Introspective

If you are planning a trip to North Wales you might also be interested in visiting Llandudno and Conwy.

What are your must-see destinations in North Wales?