Anglesey, or Ynys Môn in Welsh, is a beautiful little island off the North-West coast of Wales with a rugged and wild coastline, making it the perfect destination for exploring. Well connected by the A55, it’s ideal for a weekend away in the UK. A firm favourite with outdoor enthusiasts and campers, Anglesey has something for everyone (assuming you’re not after big city life). It also happens to be one of my favourite places in the UK.
Where to stay in Anglesey
There are a number of larger towns spattered between the abundance of quaint villages that make up much of the island. The West coast of the island is slightly more sparse, with long stretches of untouched coastline with a spattering of seaside villages. There are heaps of B&Bs and guest houses all over the island, but for a truly wild stay, camping is the best option.
Beaumaris is a bustling seaside town with a real buzz about the place. There are restaurants, bars and cafes for everyone, and a handful of great independent retailers.
The most famous attraction in Beaumaris is, of course, the castle. Constructed in 1614 by Edward I, and then renovated in the 19th Century, the castle is a United Nations World Heritage Site, and is well worth a short visit.
Popular for its long stretch of sandy beach, Benllech is great for a long walk. Linking up the coastal path to Moelfre and further on to Dulas will reveal some stunning coast line. The shipwreck at Dulas is well worth a visit.
Home to the infamous South Stack and the beautiful coastal walk that circles Holyhead Mountain, this part of the island is understandably popular. During the summer you have the chance to see a number of sea birds; Grebe, Puffin and Peregrine Falcon.
Newborough Forest is a 2,000 acre woodland which spreads its furthest reaches out to the water’s edge, perfect for a walk or bike ride. Beware of the midges during the summer months though!
Rhosneigr & Trearddur Bay
Located on the West of the island, sheltered from the elements by Holy Island, Rhosneigr and Trearddur Bay are two of Anglesey’s most popular destinations – a favourite with water sports enthusiasts. Both towns have a number of bars and restaurants, and are surrounded by quiet coves and lovely coastal walks.
Things to do in Anglesey
Spending time outside is the number one thing to do in Anglesey. Taking on the 220km coastal walk over a number of days whilst camping out along the way is the ultimate way to experience the beautiful coast line. If you’ve not got the time to dedicate to this multi-day trek, walking a small section of it is more than manageable.
There are so many watersport activities that can be enjoyed at a number of the beaches on the island. Rhosneigr and Trearddur Bay have the most on offer; sailing, paddle boarding, sea kayaking etc.
By night, much of the island is quiet. There are bars and restaurants in the aforementioned towns and villages, but the best way to spend the evening (in my opinion) is on the beach enjoying the star show.
NB BBQs and fires are only allowed on designated sections of beach.
Leave no trace.