Anglesey – Active Island
So much to get out and do
Anglesey is an island with an incredibly varied mix of landscapes. Our boltholes and hideaways are either next to lovely, rugged headlands, quiet little coves and great sandy beaches or in the elegant town of Beaumaris. We are enveloped by water so where better to come to try your hand at a range of water sports and activities?
We have rib rides, kayaking, canoeing around the coves, coasteering down a cliff, sailing to see the seals, kite surfing, wind surfing. We can pretty much facilitate any almost any water-based activity.
On land, our local area is perfectly suited for all types of cycle routes for the more experienced that want a challenge or those that want to take in the views. We have bike hiring services on offer so you can see the countryside not just as a green blur from your car. There are only nine national cycle routes in the UK, and two of these are on Anglesey. There is a new cycle route on the North coast called Route 566 which has great sea views and takes you along the Island’s historical trail to places such as Swtan, the last surviving thatched cottage on Anglesey in Church Bay and also to Llynnon Mill to buy some wholegrain flour. You may have to pedal faster to fit it all in.
You may play golf on one of the 9 golf courses. Each are different but well worth an investment is the Anglesey Golf pass which allows you to play at no fewer than five different courses. Or the same course five times. So book one of our cottages and you can sample all of the courses on this active island over a week! Holyhead is seven miles away with a heath land course or Bull Bay the same distance in the other direction.
We have birds nesting in their thousands on the sea cliffs in early summer. The best local place to see them is South Stack near Holyhead where TV cameras give a bird’s eye view (could not help that one!) from Ellin’s Tower Seabird Centre. You might spot the iconic bird of Anglesey, the chough. South Stack has a few breeding pairs. Plus you can watch the puffins there too. Cemlyn Nature Reserve is quieter and has wonderful places to watch the birds.
For walking, with 125 miles of the stunning Anglesey coastal path to play with, there is no excuse for not getting out there.
Horse riding is always popular and we can organise lessons or trekking locally. Long Cottage even has stabling so you can bring your own horse on holiday – the ultimate luxury!
There really is something for everyone to try so do please have a read through our Active Anglesey section for ideas.
Explore Anglesey’s hidden treasures from fresh Spring hedgerow flowers to Neolithic prehistory, or medieval castles, to say nothing of the Cafes and obligatory cake, en route, there will be something to delight everyone along the way!
A local outdoor activity provider specialising in bespoke kayaking and sea kayaking courses, coasteering and guided walks on Anglesey for individuals and groups.
Rib Ride or Seawake
If you have a sense of adventure then this is the boat ride to book. Whizz past the bridges, circle Puffin Island and zoom along the Menai Strait. Fancy learning to drive a power boat? Book in with Seawake for one of their amazing courses then rent a boat when you come and stay! Perfect.
6 Green Edge, Beaumaris LL58 8BY
The Royal Anglesey Yacht Club is a hidden gem. Watch the racing, pop into the club house or attend one of their many courses. Enquiries: 01248 810295
Henllys Hall Golf Club
The Menai Straits and the Snowdonian mountains form a magnificent backdrop to the 18 Hole Henllys Golf Course. With a par of 71, this course offers you a true challenge.
Brynsiencyn, Dwyran LL61 6TQ
Walking tours can be arranged along with the more adventurous coasteering option!
Fishing on Anglesey
Sea fishing out on Starida, Beaumaris, or with the Stingray Angling Charter, Cemaes Bay – bobbing about on the Straits or around the northern shores of Anglesey. For lake fishing, head to the six-lake private fishery of Llyn Y Gors or choose between two stunning lakes at Tyddyn Sargent. An exhilarating experience whichever you choose.
Anglesey (Môn) is the largest of the Welsh islands, situated in the north-west corner of Wales. This internationally recognised Geopark points to a spectacular geological heritage. Geological sites have been selected for scientific quality, rarity, aesthetic appeal and educational value. Their interest may also be archaeological, ecological, historical, or cultural. With rocks spanning 4 Eras and 12 Geological periods, 1,800 million years of history has fashioned more than 100 rock types.
Anglesey Coastal Path
The Anglesey Coastal Path allows walkers to access the island’s breath-taking scenery and host of flora and fauna. It encompasses beaches, dunes, coves, incredible rock formations, harbours, marine and bird conservation areas as well as Stone Age and Celtic burial chambers, a medieval castle, lighthouse and magnificent views of Snowdonia. It is all part of Anglesey’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – the largest in Wales. Most of the recently completed 125 mile long Anglesey Coastal Path passes through this AONB, providing walkers with ever-changing scenery and a host of different walks.
Cartio Mon Go-Karting
An up to date outdoor go karting fleet operating on a purpose built 400m, fully floodlit outdoor circuit. Younger children are also able to join in on their battery-operated Cub Karts, specifically for children aged 3 -7. There is a great cafe on site too.
Based in Holyhead, in close proximity to some of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty around the UK, Anglesey Divers offers a range of activities for all levels of experience – from those seeking guidance whilst taking the first exploratory breaths in a swimming pool, to those wanting to reach instructor status.
The following riding schools will be able to arrange for lessons or guided hacks so that you can explore the island on horseback:
Gors Wen, Holyhead https://gorswenridingschool.co.uk/
Porth y Post Riding School, Trearddur Bay phone: 01407 861358
Anglesey Riding Centre, Dwyran, near Llanfair PG www.angleseyridingcentre.co.uk
Spectators can see car and motorcycle races, including Rallycross, Super Moto and Sprint events at Anglesey Circuit, located between Rhosneigr and Aberffraw. Events are held throughout the year. The Performance Driving Centre also offers a range of courses for those who want to be more than just a spectator !
Holyhead Leisure Centre Kingsland, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2YE. Tel: 01407 764111
Amlwch Leisure Centre Pentrefelin, Amlwch, Anglesey, LL68 9TH. Tel: 01407 830060
Plas Arthur Leisure Centre Penrallt, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7QX. Tel: 01248 722966 / 752040
Kite Surfing / Paddle boarding
Gecko Surf offers you the chance to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Rhosneigr and to develop your skills in Surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) or both! They offer hire, instruction and sales of surfboards and stand up paddle boards (SUPs). Excellent instructors – suitable for all abilities and age groups.
Explore the rugged Anglesey coastline or enjoy the solitude of floating on a tranquil lake in Snowdonia. Absolute beginners to those in the know. One on one tuition or groups – all are catered for by Sian, who has a wealth of experience and makes a day of tuition perfect with her friendly and professional manner.