According to folklore, the Roman invaders of 60 AD were scared witless by Anglesey’s fearless Celtic druids. The locals these days will offer you a much warmer welcome!
The Anglesey Coastal Path
There are countless places worth visiting along the 125 mile / 200 km Coast Path of the Isle of Anglesey. We love exploring the path and many walks from the door of your cottage will take you on to section of the path that lead to incredible nearby beaches such as Lligwy Beach, where there is a fantastic café. With a hundred or more rock types to view, geologists and archaeologists will love visiting one of the largest collections of ancient sites in Britain. It is also a haven for wildlife, so nature lovers will enjoy spotting a variety of rare birds. There are also points to interest along with way for history buffs as the island has been played host to notable figures such as Oliver Cromwell and Charles Dickens. Mud and Routes offer a detailed break down of the path in to sections. Click here for more info.
The Menai Suspension Bridge
It is unlikely you will miss this Anglesey highlight, the Menai Suspension Bridge. Built by Thomas Telford and opened in 1826 it was the first modern suspension bridge in the world. Prior to its construction cattle farmers would somehow have to persuade their herd to swim across the Menai Straits to market. It has become a much-photographed landmark for the island and spans the infamous stretch of water known as one of the most difficult to navigate in the world! Here is a bit of insider info.
South Stack Lighthouse and Cliffs
If you fancy a bracing walk be sure to enjoy a visit to this glorious outpost of Anglesey. You do not have to be a twitcher to enjoy the fantastic sight of the thousands of seabirds that make the cliffs their home. You will soon be playing the time-honoured game of spot-the-puffin or one of the rare breeding pair of choughs among the colonies of guillemots and razorbills clinging to the cliffs at South Stack.
The Dingle Nature Reserve
The Dingle Nature Reserve is an ancient 25-acre wooded valley is a hideaway carpeted with bluebells in the spring with various bridges and walkways to improve accessibility and picnic tables so you can really make the most of this almost mystical location. It is the perfect place to spot kingfishers, woodpeckers and moorhens, so don’t forget to pack your binoculars.
Plas Newydd House and Gardens.
This stunning estate is situated on the shore of the Menai Strait and dates to the 18th century. Now managed by the National Trust, it houses a military museum, an Australian arboretum and an exhibition of Rex Whistler paintings from the 1930s. It is a great place to visit with kids as they offer a range of outdoor events, walks, talks and activities throughout the year. Click here for more information.
This stunning outcrop extending from the mainland is one of the most picturesque locations in Wales and has often featured on television and film. The ruined church was once home to Saint Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers from the 5th century A.D. When her true love Maelon was turned to ice, Dwynwen had the good sense to move to Llanddwyn Island. There are worse places to move to as it's also situated on one of the most stunning beaches in the UK!
The Copper Kingdom
There are surprises around every corner in Anglesey with one being Amlwch, a few minutes’ drive from the estate. Here is what was once the world’s largest copper mine. This unique landscape of Parys Mountain deserves a visit. In the late 1800s, there lived nearly 10,000 people in Amlwch - about half the population of New York at the time and according to entertaining local historians. It's an intersting eductional visit for all ages. Click here to hear more.
There are six Blue Flag beaches on Anglesey and seven others who won a Seaside Award. Our “local” beach Lligwy Bay is a sheltered bay on the North East of Anglesey, offering regular sightings of seals and dolphins. It was named one of the 10 Best Picnic Spots in Britain by Coast Magazine and is a great place to take a picnic or alternatively, visit the fantastic café, owned and run by Cheryl and her team. They offer live music and fantastic food throughout the year, including stone baked pizzas and a fabulous bacon buttie and a hot chocolate on a winter morning. Click here for opening times and details of what's on and when.
Anglesey Farmers' Market
Anglesey Farmers' Market is held every third Saturday of each month but it well worth paying it a visit if it falls within your holiday. At this point in time, many guests are opting to dine in rather than out. The farmer’s market is the place to visit to stock up on delicious Welsh Black beef and fresh crab caught along the Anglesey coastline, as well as a range of handmade cheeses, locally made liquors and much more.
The last great castle built, but never completed, under Edward I in the 13th century is Beaumaris Castle. The castle is a designated World Heritage Site and all its innovations remain for all to wonder at the devilish imagination and detail that went into its construction. With family friendly events throughout the year, it is well worth a visit.