Beach:Ynyslas Beach at Dyfi National Nature Reserveadd to shortlist




Beach, free entry

Ynyslas Visitor Centre,
SY24 5JZ



Ynyslas has miles of golden beach stretching from Borth in the south to the sand dunes in the north. It is a lovely spot for walking, picnics and windsurfing.The beach has a red flag for bathing due to dangerous currents and swimming and inflatables are not allowed.

The superb sand dunes of Ynyslas are at the southern side of the Dyfi estuary and are the largest dunes in Ceredigion. They reach onto the Estuary and are part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve.

A boardwalk through the dunes leads to the stunning beach made up of three miles of golden sands. The Dyfi National Nature Reserve and Ynyslas Visitor Centre are managed by Natural Resources Wales.

The dunes demonstrate all the stages of dune formation and growth and are home to a rich population of orchids, mosses, liverworts, fungi, insects and spiders; many of these species are rare and some are unknown elsewhere in Britain. In the summer the dunes naturally transform into a colourful carpet of wild flowers including many rare types of orchid.

The visitor centre is the ideal place to start your visit. it has an exhibition about what to see at the reserve, and a shop selling hot and cold drinks, snacks, books and local produce.

The toilets are in the visitor centre building.Visitors can drive onto the sands and park near the Visitor Centre

Dog restrictions May to end September.

A 1 3/4 mile walk through the ever-changing dunes and along the seashore, with stunning displays of flowers in spring and summer and colourful fungi in autumn, should take around 30 mins.

The Dyfi estuary is in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere. The estuary has vast areas of internationally important mudflats, sandbanks and saltmarsh that provide important feeding and roosting areas for wetland birds.

There are far-reaching views over the estuary towards Aberdyfi but, even though this town looks so nearby, it is a 45 minute drive around the estuary from Ynyslas.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Dogs accepted

Opening Details

Open all the time

Ynyslas Visitor Centre is open daily between 9am and 5pm from Easter to the end of October. The car park is open all year round but is dependant upon high tide levels.The reserve and walking trails are open all year round.

The toilets are open from 9am to 5pm.


Free entry


Aberystwyth TIC


Ynyslas Visitor Centre,
SY24 5JZ

Location and nearby places


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Map reference: SN 610940  Lat: 52.52772 Long: -4.05029


Ynyslas is 14 miles north of Aberystwyth.

It is in the county of Ceredigion.

Ynyslas is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 23.

Take the A487 from Aberystwyth towards Machynlleth.

In Tre'r-ddol turn left onto the B4353.

After 3½ miles, turn right and follow the minor road alongside the dunes and golf course to the car park.

The car park is on the beach and it is flooded in high tides.

Please note tide times on car park entrance sign

The nearest mainline railway station is in Borth.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp


There is a circular boardwalk at Cors Fochno, which is suitable for wheelchair users.

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