Town to stay in: Penysarn
Penysarn developed during the era of mining on Anglesey.
From the 1760s the Parys and Mona mines became the largest producers of copper in the world. As a result, Amlwch became a major copper smelting and exporting centre, during which time Penysarn was noted for its clog making for the mine workers, who represented one sixth of the population of Anglesey – 1,200 people. Evidence suggests that mining began in the Bronze Age – 3,000 years ago – continuing during the Roman occupation.
From Mynydd Eilian, there are views of the coast and landscape. St Eilian established a religious community here in the 6th century, and the church of Llaneilian, 1.5 miles to the north, preserves many interesting features, including a carved wooden screen and loft. (The key holder is Mrs M Marshall, phone 01407 830349). Waymarked leaflet walks from Amlwch pass through this area and there is a heritage trail leaflet available for Penysarn. There is a very popular car boot sale at Y Bedol Inn every Saturday (tel: 01407 832590).