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Kayaks on the Anglesey coast

Anglesey (Welsh: Ynys Môn) [1] is a small island just off the coast of northwestern Wales.

Towns and villages


Map of Anglesey
  • Beaumaris -- home to Master James of St. George's uncompleted master-work castle
  • Holyhead -- port town with frequent ferries to Dublin
  • Llangefni -- county capital


Other destinations

  • Ynys Llanddwyn [6] - Island near Newborough.
  • Din LLigwy [7] three separate historical sites from different ages: neolithic, Roman, Medieval.


Get in

Anglesey is reachable by train and car from the mainland of Wales, as well as by high speed ferry from Dublin.

While there is a skeleton bus service, this is not regular (most services are hourly at best, and nonexistent on Sunday or in the evenings), and has a reputation as unreliable. Partly as a result of this there are many local taxi services.

Get around

  • Anglesey Coastal Path [8]. Fairly easy walking around this island off the northwest corner of Wales, with diverse coastal scenery which is 95% within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and many attractive villages.


Beaumaris Castle
  • Beaumaris Castle [9] - Tel: +44 1248 810361. This is a 13th century castle of great interest to many, situated in a quaint untouched town on the Isle of Anglessey. Part of the ring of Stone built by Edward I of England, after he invaded Wales. Currently part of the Castles of King Edward I UNESCO World Heritage Site. A nice day out, but be careful as it's often difficult to find travel back to the mainland in the evening. Entrance is £3.
  • Plas Newydd marquis of Anglesey's House and estate with beautiful views across the Menai Straits to the mountains of Snowdonia. national Trust [10]
  • Pili Palas (Butterfly Palace) [11], Penmynydd Road, Menai Bridge, Anglesey. Tel: 44 01248 712474, [email protected]. Hundreds of butterflies set in a lovely environment. Tropical environments are home to butterflies some as large as six inches across the wing. Visitors are invited to sit, relax, take photographs, or explore as butterflies fly around them.
  • Anglesey Sea Zoo [12], Brynsiencyn, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn), LL61 6TQ. Tel: 01248 430411, [email protected]. An exhibition of living sealife from around the coast of Anglesey, providing a fantastic look at the local aquatic habitat. Tropical displays show Piranhas and Seahorses, and the visit can be educational or just fun. Entrance is £5.95 on a low season (£4.95 children).
  • The Skerries Lighthouse [13] which can be found at the end of a low piece of submerged land, North-East of Holyhead.
  • The working windmill at Llanddeusant [14], Llynnon Mill, is the only surviving working windmill on Anglesey today.
  • Ynys Llanddwyn [15] - Lovers island
  • The church in the sea [16] on Cribinau.
  • Anglesey Circuit [17] not only hosts spectacular car and motor cycle racing, but also a varied programme of other motor sport disciplines, particularly noteworthy is the British Rallycross Championship event, plus SuperMoto, Stage Rallies and Car Sprints. The circuit has also become an important test and track day facility for many top racing organisations, including British Formula 3 teams and many of the leading track day organisers.
  • Stone Science [18], near Pentraeth - a journey through 650 million years.
  • Penmon Priory and dovecote [19]. In the church by the priory are some tenth or eleventh century Saxon crosses.
  • Ellin's Tower (Twr Ellin) RSPB reserve and the lighthouse at South Stack (Ynys Lawd) near Holyhead Between the car park and the reserve look out for meadow pipits near the path. Particularly good in the breeding season - cameras recently showed a chough chick being fed.
  • Anglesey Model Village [20]. An acre of landscaped gardens with water features and a range of plants and trees, in a position looking across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia.
  • Isle of Anglesey Riding Centre [21]. Tal y Foel has its own riding centre offering a variety of activities to local regular riders and to people on holiday in the area, and individual riding programmes with beach and grass-track riding and instruction to suit all standards.



Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Anglesey Area of Outtstading natural Beauty has one of the most distinctive, attractive and varied landscapes in the British Isles. Anglesey was designated as an Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in 1966 in order to protect the aesthetic appeal and variety of the island's coastal landscape and habitats from inappropriate development. The AONB is predominantly a coastal designation, covering most of the island's 125 miles coastline (including LLanddwyn), it contains rocky headlands, golden beaches, dunes, heaths and fine green countryside. Some of the beaches are recognised as being amongst the best in Great Britain and Europe. The AONB supports a wealth of wildlife such as choughs, grey seals, sea lavender and silver studded blue butterflies. There are also many areas protected for their nature conservation value, such as Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve, and several Sites of Special Scientific Interest.


  • Awelfryn Caravan Park [22] is situated in two acres of grassy meadow with sandy soil, on the edge of forestry enterprise land. We are situated approximately one mile from Llanddwyn beach in an area of outstanding natural beauty with fantastic views overlooking the mountains of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula.



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