Anglesey’s Coast

March 14, 2016
Tim Coysh

Anglesey is one of the largest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Wales. Designated in 1966 and covering 95% of the Anglesey coast, its diverse and spectacular coastline supports a very great variety of attractive landscape features. We invite you to come and explore our stunning coastline and decide for yourself what you think makes Anglesey AONB special.

The Anglesey Coastal Path is a 125-mile (200km) circumnavigation of the island’s coast and includes much of the AONB.

Anglesey has a unique and internationally important geo-heritage. Arguably, it has the greatest geodiversity for its size anywhere in Europe. The island achieved European GeoPark status in 2009. The Geology of Wales also has a special position in the UK’s scientific history, as a young Charles Darwin spent much time studying it and there are more references to Wales in his ‘Origin of Species’ than to Galápagos. Nowhere on Anglesey is this geology more visible than where it is exposed along the coastline.

view of Anglesey's headland from the air

Anglesey’s coastline has many features of interest including the highest densities of ancient sites anywhere in the British Isles. Check out the Iron Age defended forts at Caer Y Twr at Holyhead, and Dynas Gynfor near Cemaes Bay or Arthurs’s Table (Bwrdd Arthur) overlooking Red Wharf Bay.

As well as a great place to relax with lots of beaches and wide open spaces, Anglesey is rich in ancient history and is full of unusual and interesting things to see, and places to visit. Amlwch Port, the last stronghold of sail, has an impressive seafaring history. Navigational beacons, lighthouses and lifeboat stations litter the coast along with hundreds of wrecks on the seabed. Our biggest piece of island history has to be our bridges. Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge, opened in 1826 and the Britannia Bridge, built by Robert Stephenson, son of famous locomotive engineer, George Stephenson, which opened in March 1850.

The Isle of Anglesey is waiting for you to discover its riches with all its beautiful beaches, stunning coastal walks, attractive cuisine and a long and colourful history. It is a great place for dogs and humans to unwind.

The Moorings – Lower Flat (sleeps 9) is a self-catering apartment located right next to the beach in Cemaes Bay – the garden wall forms part of the sea wall. Tan y Bryn, Penmon (sleeps 6) has been recently renovated to the highest standard with all modern conveniences or why not stay in one of our luxury apartments in Benllech?  Go to to view our extensive range of self-catering cottages, apartments and country houses, many of which are pet friendly. You can email us at [email protected] or telephone us on 01248 430190.

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