My partner and I ventured on holiday to Anglesey last summer. Loving the outdoors and a good hike we decided to walk the Anglesey coastal path. We booked a package with Anglesey Walking Holidays, which was great as we didn’t have to carry any luggage from place to place – when we arrived at the next hotel after a day of walking and exploring, our luggage was already there waiting!
The Anglesey coastal path is 125 miles long and falls within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that covers 95% of the coast. It is truly a spectacular experience and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to see Anglesey.
One of my favourite days was one near the end of our trip, we walked from Holyhead to Trearddur Bay, visiting South Stack on the way. South Stack is located at the West tip of Holy Island and features a famous lighthouse which was completed in 1809, standing at 135ft! To get to the lighthouse you have to climb down hundreds of steps to cross a footbridge, but it’s worth it, not just for the lighthouse, but for the view of the cliffs and the nesting birds.
South Stack cliffs are part of an RSPB reserve and are home to some 4,000 nesting birds, including puffins, which are a very rare sight! As well as guillemots and razorbills raising their young, and if you feel that you can’t get a close enough view with binoculars, there are live television pictures that give you an even closer view of the nests. If you’re as lucky as we were, you may even catch a glimpse of some porpoises out at sea.
After taking in this wonderful little destination we were feeling quite peckish and headed over to the RSPB café, which exceeded our expectations. We sat in the sun drinking some lovely coffee and enjoying some crispy jacket potatoes. The views are incredible, especially if you visit on a clear day when you can see Ireland!
It was a glorious afternoon as we continued along the coastal path towards Trearddur Bay, which was where we were to stop next. Along the way we had the chance to admire the incredible scenery and enjoy some of Mother Nature’s great wildlife, I can’t be certain but I’m sure I saw a red squirrel. By the time we reached our destination, it was gone 6pm, and we were starving after our 12 mile walk. So we freshened up, and a short taxi ride later we arrived at The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn, only about 3 miles down the road – we passed it again the next day on the following part of our journey and stopped for a refreshing pint.
The White Eagle is a pub with such an inviting atmosphere and great character. It was difficult to choose what to have, as everything sounded so tasty. After much umming and ahhing I decided upon the griddled filleted sea bass with lava bread fondant, clams, anise and lemon balm cream which was just sublime. My partner settled upon the pork plate, which consisted of sweet oak smoked sausages, spiced belly, braised ham and sage fritter, chive mash, savoy cabbage, and was (as it sounds) delicious. A few beers, wines and a naughty whiskey later we were ready to call it a night; we had another day of Anglesey to enjoy tomorrow after all. The staff were great and made us feel completely at home, we had a wonderful evening with fabulous food which was fresh and home cooked, and we even made some new friends.