Anyone been to Anglesey Island? Seems intriguing, but looking for advice on whether it's worth exploring for a day and, if so, what's worth seeing. We love scenic hikes. Thank you all.
we drove there, for a very short time, while we were in the area. really only had time in Beaumaris and a quick drive around. seemed like a nice place to look around, but with limited time I can't really comment too much. the scenery was much the same as the nearby areas. try zooming in with google maps.
Beaumaris has a castle - but it is smaller than those on the mainland but does have a moat.
Overlooking the Menai Straits is this place :>https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd-country-house-and-gardens
(I liked it).
Anglesey is relatively flat and mainly just farming land. However, is has numerous sandy beaches. Look on Google Earth ti see any that you would like to take a closer look at. Here is a good site about Anglesey:> http://www.anglesey-history.co.uk/places/index.html
My husband and I went to Anglesey and had a great day. There are some cool neolithic sites and and old church. We also walked the coast path out by South Stack Lighthouse. Great fun. Good photo op.
Our favorite neolithic sites were Bryn Celli Ddu and Lligwy Burial Chamber.
We're going in late May and spending a few days on Anglesey. This is a really helpful book (Amazon) in terms of planning hikes:
Walking the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path - Official Guide: 210km/130 Miles of Superb Coastal Walking Paperback – November 1, 2010, by Carl Rogers (Author)
My impression is that the South Stack area promises an interesting time in terms of the lighthouse with dramatic location, great birdwatching (perhaps Puffins) and Ellin's Tower nature center, and walks along the cliffs with great views.
Thank you everyone for the great advice.
I thought I would add notes to this thread in case anyone reads it later. We spent several days on Anglesey and it was one of the favorite parts of our 2 1/2 week trip through Wales and southwest England. There are so many great beaches to walk and explore and the coastal path provides amazing views. The vistas at South Stack were wide and blue; from there you can take off in either direction on the coastal walk. Unfortunately when we were there the lighthouse was closed to visitors; but that wasn't a deal breaker. We spent perhaps 3 hours there; walking toward Holyhead was the more scenic direction. We also enjoyed the Black Seal Restaurant at Trearddur Bay, which is isn't far from South Stack. Down the coast, Newborough beach was our favorite. It's backed by forest and consists of two huge sweeps of beach. The water is shallow and was warm-ish even in May (great for wading). There is a rocky finger of land that you can walk along for great views, Llanddwyn Island, that is accessible at low tide but becomes an island an high tide. We spent several hours at Newborough; could have easily spent the day. I'd say that was our favorite beach. On the other side of the island, we also walked Red Wharf Bay at low tide. It's a wide sweeping attractive beach. We ate dinner at the Ship Inn (good food and atmosphere) and then walked the beach afterward. Another night we ate at The Tavern On the Bay at Red Wharf Bay; it has great views of the water but was noisy and food was mediocre so I don't recommend. We also did a bit of the coastal walk at Moelfre. BTW if the main parking lot for the Moelfre beach is full there is another lot just a bit farther down the road moving away from the town. There are dramatic cliffs here and it's a great walk. Anglesey is just a beautiful place to slow down and take wonderful walks. I definitely recommend it as part of a trip. Since we flew into Dublin it was easy to incorporate into the agenda. We took a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, picked up (and returned) a rental car at the little terminal there. We all agreed that we preferred the ferry to the hassles of flying, and it probably provided the easiest access to Anglesey. We stayed at the Blackthorn Inn near South Stack for one night, and then stayed at Llwydiarth Fawr for two nights. We really enjoyed both B&Bs. BTW in late May/early June we thought the water was too cold for swimming, although some were doing it with or without wet suits.
The water is warmest around the end of August.
Anglesey was once the home of Britain's Druids, until Boudicca's Rebellion in 60AD, the Romans practically wiped them out.