THE ISLE OF ANGLESEY

Across The Menai Strait

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I’m starting to develop quite an affinity for Wales.  It’s somewhere that I’d not seen much of previously, but after a few recent visits I’m definitely starting to get a feel for what the country is like…and I love it.  What’s more, I’ve found my new favourite Welsh destination – the Isle of Anglesey.

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A short trip across the Menai Bridge from mainland Wales will take you to Anglesey, which is 276 square miles in size.  It won’t take you long to notice its stunning coastal landscapes, much of which has been declared as an  Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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We headed straight over to the quaint Welsh village of Beaumaris, situated right next to the water.  It’s a feast for the eyes for those who love historical architecture, with its array of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian buildings.  It’s also sprinkled with cosy pubs and cafes, so Beaumaris is a great destination to grab a spot of lunch or a drink.

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We happened to come across one of the oldest houses in Great Britain which is worth keeping an eye out for.  You can certainly tell that it is old by the size of the tiny doorways.

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Beaumaris has a pier where there are stunning views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia.  It’s breathtakingly beautiful, especially on a clear day.  Also, the sea air is so fresh.

 Isle of Anglesey - Wales - Beaumaris Castle

Also within the village is Beaumaris castle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Next we headed over to the sprawling Llanddwyn Beach where there are more stunning views to enjoy.  It’s surrounded by sand dunes and forrest, in which red squirrels live.  Anglesey is one of the few strongholds for red squirrels in the whole of the UK.  Sadly we didn’t see any this time!

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Finally, at for sunset we headed over to Rhosneigr beach, which is one if the Anglesey’s top destinations for water sports such as surfing.  It was a beautifully clear night and so the sunset was truly captivating.

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Finally we headed to the nearby Oyster Catcher restaurant for an appetiser, followed by dinner at Dylan’s by the Menai Bridge.  I had such a wonderful day in Anglesey and I can’t wait to return.  I know that there’s so much more to see on the Isle.  If you are planning a trip to Wales soon, I’d definitely consider Anglesey.

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