Anglesey

Anglesey (Welsh: Ynys Môn) is, by a large margin, the largest island in England and Wales at 276 sq mi (714km²) island just off the coast of northwestern Wales.

Towns and villages

Towns

Map of Anglesey

Villages

Other destinations

Understand

The Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has one of the most distinctive, attractive and varied landscapes in the British Isles. Anglesey was designated as an AONB 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 mile 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.

Get in

By plane

Links Air operates a twice daily air service to Anglesey Airport near Valley from Cardiff airport, although most flight would be via Birmingham or Liverpool.

By train

Holyhead's status as an international ferry terminal means it is served by direct trains to Chester and London.

By car

The main bridge crossing from mainland Wales is via the A55 with a smaller road crossing on the old A5 at Menai Bridge.

By bus

National Express and Arriva from across the UK to Holyhead

By boat

Ferry port at Holyhead with a regular service from Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Get around

By car

The easiest way to get round the island. The A55 cuts straight across the island parallel to the old A5 route, providing a quick route to Holyhead ferry port. To see the island though, the A5025 taking your north round the island and the A4080 taking you south round the island are a better options.

Hertz have car hire services in Hollyhead and Valley airport

By bus

There are numerous bus services between the towns and villages on the island, with timetables on the county council's web site

By foot

Anglesey Coastal Path. 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.

See

Beaumaris Castle

Historical buildings

Historical sites

Industrial heritage

Museums and Galleries

Natural history

Do

Kayaks on the Anglesey coast

Beaches

Llanddona, Benllech, Church Bay, Porth Dafarch, Trearddur Bay and Llanddwyn (Newborough) are all designated Blue Flag beaches.

Beaches that have received Green coast and Seaside awards are: Aberffraw; Borth Wen, Silver Bay (Rhoscolyn); Porth Trwyn (Llanfaethlu); Porth Ty’n Tywyn, Cable Bay, Porth Nobla, Traeth Crigyll (Rhosneigr); Cemlyn Bay; St David’s(Red Wharf Bay); Sandy Beach, Llanfwrog (near Llanfaethlu); Lligwy Beach, Dulas (near Moelfre).

Other top beaches: Cemaes (Amlwch); Traeth Bychan (Llangefni); Moelfre.

Hiking

Horse riding

There are a number of equestrian centres on the island offering riding lessons including the chance to ride along the beach. These include the Isle of Anglesey Riding Centre in Tal Y Foel near Brynsiencyn.

Photography

Motor sport

Anglesey Circuit,west of Aberffraw hosts a number of car and bike racing events as well providing performance driving training courses.

Sleep

As well as the hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation in the towns there is a good choice of self-catering cottages and caravans in the area. There are a number of specialist providers for Anglesey and the surrounding area, such as Menai Holiday Cottages and Wales Tourist online. Properties on Anglesey include those in the heart of the popular resorts of Trearddur Bay, Red Wharf Bay and Rhosneigr, as well as ones nestled in the countryside or located in picturesque fishing ports and historic towns.

Eat

Apart from the restaurants in the towns it is well worth hunting out the country pubs in the small villages.

Drink

Visit one of the pubs in the villages.

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