Introduction to the Anglesey Coast
The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path passes through some of the island's most interesting and varied landscape.
The natural landscape value of the coast has earned it the designation of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). AONBs are internationally important landscape designations, comparable in natural beauty to Britain 's national parks. The AONB was designated to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the island, in particular its landscape, geology, wildlife and archaeology.
Anglesey Beach Guide
Anglesey 's coastline is spectacular and diverse. Whatever type of beach you prefer there is an ideal place for you along our long and varied coastline. Whether you are looking for sun drenched sand for a leisurely picnic, a refreshing swim or fun with the family.
The fact that most of the coastal area is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and that Anglesey holds awards for 26 of our beaches, holds testimony to the quality and beauty of this unique part of Wales.
Many of Anglesey 's beaches won awards in 2004, but an incredible 6 won the prestigious European Blue Flag awards. Namely, Benllech, Trearddur Bay, Porthdafarch, Llanddona, Silver Bay, and Llanddwyn.
The majority of the beaches mentioned below are sandy, and suitable for all ages. The odd beach is a little difficult to get to, but in most cases it is a case of driving right up to the beach car park. As with most places (sadly) these days, care must be taken anywhere where your car is parked unattended. Ensure valuables are locked securely out of sight.
North East Beaches
Award Winning Beaches in the North East of Anglesey:
Cemaes, Traeth Mawr: Resort Seaside Award
Cemlyn: Green Coast Award, Rural Seaside Award
Dulas, Traeth Lligwy: Green Coast Award, Rural Seaside Award
Llaneilian, Porth Eilian: Green Coast Award, Rural Seaside Award
Moelfre: Rural Seaside Award
Sand dunes and shore. Flowers and birds. Public footpaths from Aberffraw through the dunes and along the river to the beach.
Access/Facilities: Park close to the village between the 2 bridges or at the Countryside Centre, Llys Llywelyn, Aberffraw, where interpretation (in season), tea room, toilets.
This long, pebbly beach with a nature reserve is ideal for birdwatching and beachcombing.
There is limited car parking but additional facilities can be found in the nearby town of Cemaes Bay.
Cemlyn is signposted off the A5025 coast road between Cemaes Bay and Tregele. Green Coast Award, Rural Seaside Award.
Trearddur Bay Beach
Trearddur Bay enjoys a wonderful setting on the west coast of Holy Island , a sheltered and sandy bay, suitable for families, set into a rocky coastline and cliffs, two miles south of Holyhead.
The resort has a selection of hotels, pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops, together with a seafront promenade and offers convenient beachside car parking. It is very popular for sailing, diving and other water sports and there is fine sea fishing to be had at nearby Mackerel Rock, The Holyhead Golf Club is also sited at Trearddur Bay. Facilities for squash and horse riding are also available, as well as a snooker hall at the Beach Hotel..
Trearddur Bay offers excellent walking, with a sweep of low, grassy coastline around the bay. Walks are also popular along the low level cliffs to the north and south of the resort. There are many other attractive small beaches, coves and bays, such as Porth Dafarch (which was considered as an alternative site for berthing Irish packet boats in the early 19th century, prior to the construction of Holyhead's harbour). Trearddur Bay and Porth Dafarch are both award winning beaches.
Winner of both a Rural Seaside Award and a Green Coast Award, Rhosneigr lies on Anglesey's western shore. With its two broad, sandy beaches, Traeth Crigyll and Broad Beach (Traeth Llydan), it is a popular centre for all water sports.
Rhosneigr is superb for walking on the beaches, with their rocky outcrops and dramatic sand dunes. There is a nature watching at nearby Llyn Maelog , a reed-fringed lake known for its bird life, in particular Great Crested Grebes, Little Grebes and various ducks. If walking to the lake, look out for the dune flowers.
Lligwy Beach , Dulas
This long, sandy beach is popular for walking, swimming and boating. It has a cafe / shop, car park and toilet facilities. Rural Seaside Award.
Traeth Lligwy, Dulas is signposted off the A5025 near Moelfre. There is a charge for parking at the beach.
The award winning main beach at Benllech is a long stretch of rich golden sands, backed by cliffs. The name Benllech may have originated from the Welsh words 'pen' and 'llech' meaning 'head' and 'rock' - a reference to the sedimentary wave-cut platforms to the north. Benllech is a prime spot for long seaside walks where you can find unusual beach flowers. There is also a cliff path, from Benllech Isaf to the neighbouring village of Moelfre.
A short walk around the headland at low tide brings you to Red Wharf Bay , where a small settlement looks out on a vast beach measuring 10 sq miles / 25.9 sq km at low tide. Here, there are excellent opportunities for bird watching, with waders and wildfowl in residence all year. In winter, walk through the woodland en route to Pentraeth, looking out for the elusive Woodcock. Alternatively, head north from Benllech to Traeth Bychan, a water sports centre with a slipway for launching boats.
Port Eilian Beach
Port Eilian is a small, attractive, shingle and sand beach which is sheltered by cliffs and headland. Rural Seaside Award, Green Coast Award.
Access: Porth Eilian, Llaneilian is signposted off the A5025 between Penysarn and Amlwch.