Anglesey

Greentraveller's Guide to Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Written by Florence Fortnam
Artwork for Greentraveller's Guides by Tina Smith and Mark Edwards

Efan Milner, Project Officer for the Isle of Anglesey AONB

The Isle of Anglesey AONB is one of the most varied and diverse landscape in Wales. Located on the North West coast of Wales it is part of the largest island in Wales. Being mostly a coastal designation it covers three quarters of the coastline of Anglesey and takes in most of the All Wales Coastal path on Anglesey. We work closely with our partners to ensure that its rugged coastline, sweeping hillsides, patchwork fields, islands teeming with fascinating wildlife and an unrivalled wealth of Welsh culture and history remain an intrinsic part of the Landscape.

Wherever you travel on Anglesey, you'll come across places to stay, restaurants and activity providers that are keen to help you any way they can to make the most of your time here, whether that's by providing the freshest local breakfast or suggesting a really great wildlife watching opportunity. ThisGreentraveller Guide's to the Anglesey AONB will help you make the most of your holiday to the Anglesey AONB so that you can experience some of the most peaceful and remote walking, kayaking and other water-based activities in the country.

Explore South Stack and Holy Island, which offers many opportunities to experience our wildlife, culture and history; spend your time wandering the golden sands of Anglesey’s many beautiful beaches; or simply indulge in some of the freshest local produce you're likely to find for miles around. The memories of your stay on Anglesey will stay with you until your return.

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What our writers discovered in Anglesey AONB

On the North West tip of Wales discover a pretty isle surrounded by sparkling sea. The low cliffs, empty beaches and sand dunes are an undeniable draw for holidaymakers and adventure seekers, yet the AONB has a rich and diverse landscape, too. Cycle paths weave through lush countryside and farmland and walking trails take in a rich history; bustling food markets provide vibrant community hubs and bring together visitors and locals. Anglesey was known as Mon, Mam Cymru, or 'Mother of Wales' because it was said the island could produce enough food for the whole of Wales. Thanks to its kind climate and good soil, this little isle even supports Europe's most northerly olive grove and vineyard.

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As part of our series on the eight Welsh Protected Landscapes, Paul Bloomfield takes a stunning walk full of historical treasures in the Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from the Breakwater Country Park to South Stack

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As part of our series on the eight Welsh Protected Landscapes, Paul Bloomfield visits Anglesey's food market and Halen Môn that produces world-class sea salt

Stay, Eat, See & Do

Our picks of places across Anglesey AONB

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Green = Places to stay
Blue = Places to eat
Yellow = Attractions 
Purple = Activities

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  • The Anglesey AONB covers 221sq kms, approximately one third of the island
  • There are several nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest on the Island
  • The island has historically been a stronghold of the Welsh language and still remains the dominant language in certain areas of the island
  • The Anglesey Coastal Path, which follows the entire coastline of the island, is 200km long
  • Anglesey was known as Mam Cymru ('Mother of Wales') during the middle ages because of its fertile fields and productivity
  • Anglesey also has the village with the longest place name in Britain: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
  • Anglesey is home to Wales' only working windmill, Melin Llynnon, which produces organic stoneground wholemeal flour

Map of Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wales

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Map supplied by Anglesey AONB 

Main images: Llanddwyn Island Lighthouse, photo: Malcolm Davies; Halen Môn; Te Bach Tearooms; Sand dunes, photo: Ray Wood; South Stack Lighthouse and Newborough beach, photos: Garry Smith.

This guide has been written & researched by Florence Fortnam.

This online guide to Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was funded by Welsh Government.

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