Holidays on Holy Island (Ynys Gybi) off Anglesey

Holy Island can be found on the West coast of Anglesey, it joins to the main island of Anglesey via a causeway (called the 'Cob Causeway') which carries the A5 Road, the A55 North Wales Expressway and the main railway line that connects Holyhead to Chester and London. The B4545 Road also connects Holy Island to Anglesey at Four Mile Bridge, allowing for easier access to the Southern end of the Island.

Holyhead Port

 

Holyhead Town & Port on Holy Island

Holy Island is home to the largest town on Anglesey, Holyhead. The town of Holyhead has a port which offers an important entry point into Wales, where both Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate daily ferry crossings between the island and Dublin in Ireland. Holyhead makes an ideal base from which to explore all that Anglesey and Holy Island has to offer, the town also provides a convenient overnight sleeping destination for those travelling to Dublin. Although primarily a busy ferry port, Holyhead does have its fair share of shops which include various national supermarket chains along with a number of national brand retailers and local independent shops, there are also plenty of eating establishments to choose from.

Holyhead has plenty to keep its visitors entertained, close to the port at Newry Beach and set in what is thought to be the oldest lifeboat station in Wales is Holyhead Maritime Museum, a small by the fascinating museum which tells of the rich maritime history of Holyhead. On the outskirts of the town lies Holyhead Golf Club, its 18-hole course has narrow and undulating fairways, this combined with the wind blowing in from off the Irish Sea promises a true testing round of golf for the keenest of golfers. Also on the outskirts of the town is Holyhead Breakwater Country Park, a fantastic destination for those who enjoy being in the great outdoors. Situated on the site of an old quarry, this Green Flag Award winning park has a variety of wildlife, plenty of opportunities for walking (for all levels) with the added bonus of enjoying stunning coastal scenery, in addition to the park's information centre which has exhibits and where visitors can learn more of the parks interesting history, there is also a lake (Llyn Llwynog) that offers some good fishing.

A popular destination for visitors to Holyhead is Holyhead Mountain (which is, in reality, a big hill), it offers those who head up to its summit some truly amazing coastal views, people are also drawn to the mountain to see its variety of birds nesting on the cliff faces. Close to Holyhead Mountain is another very popular tourist attraction, that being South Stack Lighthouse. Located on a small island off Holy Island, the descent down to the lighthouse is via 400 steps, once on the island visitors are able to tour the lighthouse engine room and climb (yet more steps) to the top of the lighthouse (remember to save enough puff for the climb back up those 400 steps).

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Trearddur Bay Beach

 

Trearddur Bay on Holy Island

Trearddur Bay lies a couple of miles South of Holyhead on Holy Island's West coast, it's a small but popular village that offers its visitors a Post Office along with a number of eating and drinking establishments. Trearddur Bay provides the perfect holiday destination, it's only a short drive (or bus journey) away from bustling Holyhead, a five-minute drive East and you can be on Anglesey, but with such a delightful holiday destination, why head off anywhere else really? As a coastal destination, Trearddur Bay is ideal for a whole host of water-based activities, here you can enjoy surfing, kite-surfing, windsurfing, canoeing and jet skiing. The clear waters around the bay are perfect for diving, it's also excellent for a spot of coasteering and sea kayaking, infact, the seas around Holy Island itself are some of the best in the world for sea kayaking.

Trearddur Bay Beach - The largest beach on Holy Island
The real pièce de résistance for Trearddur Bay has to be its glorious award winning sandy beach, it's the perfect haven for families with children, where pleasurable hour upon hour can be spent chilling out on the sand, building sandcastles or frolicking about in the water in a protected bathing area. Trearddur Bay Beach really is for everyone, the is a slipway which allows for wheelchair access, it is also a year-round dog-friendly beach (in a zoned area only). Another reason the kids will love this beach is that there are rocky outcrops at either end of the bay that has rock pools which hide all kinds of interesting critters, these rocky outcrops are also used by anglers for sea fishing.

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Rhoscolyn

 

Rhoscolyn on Holy Island

Rhoscolyn is a fairly small slightly scattered village nestled at the Southern end of Holy Island, although facilities in the village are limited to one public house which serves food, it is nonetheless a thriving holiday destination and attracts visitors in their droves. Visitors are drawn to Rhoscolyn for many reasons, walkers can indulge in scenic walks along dramatic cliff tops, the Irish Sea beckons to surfers and kayakers as well as sailing enthusiasts. The landscape in which Rhoscolyn finds itself has many Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), all neatly packaged in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Borth Wen Beach - What a beauty
Visitors are not only lured to Rhoscolyn for its glorious landscape, boundless walking opportunities, wildlife, and various water-based activities, but also for its delightful sandy beach. Borth Wen Beach (aka Rhoscolyn Beach) is a relatively quiet beach made up of caress your toes soft sand set in a delightful south-facing bay, it really is a great family beach where safe bathing can be enjoyed, there are also rock pools for the kids to explore, the beach is also used for launching kayaks, dinghys and canoes. If you've come to Rhoscolyn with your dog, you and your furry friend will be pleased to know Borth Wen Beach is year-round dog-friendly without restrictions - woof woof to that!

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