Close to the village of Methlem and just under 3 miles from Aberdaron, Porth Oer is a small inlet off the Irish Sea that was once a busy port, importing lime and coal and exporting farm produce such as butter, cheese, eggs and poultry.
This picturesque, crescent-shaped beach is part of a National Trust estate. It comprises 420 acres (170 ha) of shoreline, headland and farmland, which also includes Mynydd Carreg and Mynydd Anelog. Efforts are being made here to restore the cliff slopes with a return to traditional grazing.
Although its literal translation in English is “cold port”, Porth Oer is also known as “Whistling Sands” due to the unique sound it makes (when dry) as you walk on it. The sound is produced as a result of a combination of the unique shape of the sand particles and the pressure they are put under when compressed. This only occurs on two beaches in the whole of Europe.
Fishing, surfing, body-boarding and walking are popular activities here. There are a number of footpaths in the area with the Wales Coast Path passing close to the beach. The path provides vantage points from where you may be lucky enough to spot Seal, Porpoise or Dolphin swimming off the coast. Look out for the chough as well as the Kittiwakes, Kestrels, Puffins, Stonechats, Guillemots and Manx Shearwaters.
The National Trust car park can be found at the top of the hill above the beach with a path leading directly down to the beach. Facilities include a seasonal café, shop and toilets.