As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Anglesey, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of outdoor adventure activities in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Wales.
Getting out and about – on boats and footpaths, on horseback and bike – is what Anglesey is all about. Its low cliffs, empty beaches and endless stretches of sand dune make it the perfect landscape for an adventure holiday. It's also a great place to give some of the UK's best loved high octane activities a go, such as coasteering or abseiling.
The whole of the island, and the entire AONB, is lined with the fantastic Anglesey Coastal Path, which follows dramatic clifftops, dips down into hidden coves and beaches, and links some of the region's loveliest landmarks, such as South Stack Lighthouse and Beaumaris Pier.
There's some great cycling to be had on the numerous cycle routes and footpaths too. We've given details of some cycle hire places for those travelling without their own wheels.
Anglesey Rib Rides
Skimming across the water at breakneck speed on a RIB is one of the most exhilarating activities you can do on open water. Fast and fun, they’re not for the faint-hearted but there’s more to these trips than Bond-style manoeuvres. There are various tours on offer: you’ll get the chance to spot seals, puffins and guillemots on a wildlife tour, soak up the area’s rich maritime history as you pass castles and historic monuments, and learn about Anglesey’s engineering feats as you whip under the isle’s iconic bridges. A bit of high-speed fun that the whole family can enjoy. ribride.co.uk
Anglesey Riding Centre
This riding school has five miles of private coastal bridleways all to itself in the surrounding area – great for those who are new to riding or lacking in confidence. Whether you’re a complete beginner or you’ve been riding for years, you’ll find a trek to suit you, from a gentle lead rein walk along the banks of the Menai Strait to a hack across open fields and sandy beaches. angleseyridingcentre.co.uk
Those with an adventurous appetite to satisfy should try this outdoor pursuits provider, a one-stop shop for all manner of high-octane activities, be it on water, dry land, or deep under ground. The friendly team run various adventure days, from coasteering and abseiling to rock climbing and sea kayaking, but even those who think they’ve done it all may find something they haven’t tried before, such as Tyrolean Traversing, which uses ropes to scramble along the cliffs above the breaking waves. angleseyadventures.com
If a single day kayaking or climbing does little to quench your thirst for adventure, Anglesey Outdoors Centre provides a whole package of outdoor adventure suited to you. Spend the days catching waves, scrambling down cliffs, discovering underwater shipwrecks, or ambling along the beautiful coastal path. Head back to centre for an evening of local food and entertainment, before spending a cosy night under the stars in your tipi or yurt. A budget-friendly option, perfect for groups and family get-together. angleseyoutdoors.com
For information on characterful places to stay, local food and drink, and nearby visitor attractions, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Anglesey