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Pocket Guide: Holyhead Isle of Anglesey Hotels

Isle of Anglesey is one of the great unspoilt corners of Britain and has many superb hotels from which to choose. These hotels provide comfort and luxury, as well as being ideal starting points for a journey around this beautiful and rugged island, ideal for lovers of all things outdoor.

Close to the island is the famous Snowdonia National Park, stretching across 823 square miles of natural countryside. Thousands of walkers, climbers and those on both horseback and mountain bike come here every year to enjoy the park. It is only natural for visitors to want to spend as much time as possible exploring the great outdoors of this part of North Wales, and knowing that they have the luxury of a four star hotel to return to in the evening only adds to the experience.

For 125 miles around the island runs the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path. Its varying landscape is suitable for all levels of walkers, whether strolling or preferring something more energetic. It is also understandably popular with mountain bikers and pony trekkers. To complete the whole of the path is estimated to take 12 days and those completing this feat are presented with both a special badge and certificate for their efforts. Along the way, there are around 20 towns and small villages to admire, each with its own history. The path has many beautiful scenes along its route and public transport runs its entire length, ideal for those who want to take things at a more sedate pace.

One of the Coastal Path’s most notable attractions is the South Stack Lighthouse, which stands proudly on top of the cliffs north-west of the port of Holyhead. Since it was built in 1809, the lighthouse has been warning and protecting shipping crossing the Irish Sea, but is now open to the public – depending on weather conditions. Staff at your hotel will be able to give you details of both opening times and how to get to this popular attraction. Once at the 92-foot structure visitors can walk down 400 steps to admire the rugged cliffs, as well as finding about the lighthouse keeper’s life and duties.

Another lovely place to visit is Llynnon Mill, which was built in 1775. Wales’ oldest working windmill has been producing stoneground wholemeal flour for centuries, and the tradition still continues, using locally grown organic wheat. Visitors to the mill can enjoy the delights of traditional home cooking in the on-site tea rooms, take a stroll along the two-mile Llynnon Trail or browse the gift shop, which offers souvenirs and traditional, locally produced craft items.

One other aspect of this area of the country is its wealth of food, including locally caught fish as well as Welsh lamb and organically grown vegetables. Your hotel has a crew of highly-trained chefs and kitchen staff who can transform this natural local produce into a selection of traditional dishes for you to enjoy, as well as a fine selection of local drinks.

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