Words by: Anya Lawrence

For us city dwellers the only thing better than a city in sunshine is being able to escape it. Humble and remote Anglesey, set beyond the mountains of North Wales, may just be your answer. With its wide, sandy beaches, rolling hills and locally-sourced  food, holidaying in Anglesey will leave you with the time to indulge in the satisfaction of nature’s quiet.

You’ll find only glimpses of 3G there. Avoid Twitter updates, Instagram posts, and enjoy the liberating feeling of being unreachable for several days. We dare you to give it a try.

Rhoscolyn-1_Photo-by-Anya-Lawrence Rhoscolyn – Image by Anya Lawrence


We based ourselves in Rhoscolyn but there are countless other bays and villages that are equally unique and beautiful spread out around the island.

Rhoscolyn Estate Self-catering is a great option for Anglesey because it truly allows you to escape solely with the people you’ve chosen to visit with. Rhoscolyn’s historic Plas Estate just had a stunning renovation, so there’s nowhere more luxurious to rest your head. The beautiful main house was originally a farmhouse and now sleeps up to 10 people. However, if you’re looking for a more intimate retreat, the nearby Cabbage Patch and Plas Bach both sleep two.

The Clynnog house at Menai Cottages

The Clynnog House at Menai Holiday Cottages

​Menai Holiday Cottages Dotted all over Anglesey, the Menai Holiday Cottages ​are also a good bet. They offer a range of accommodation to suit every taste – from huge estates with private beaches (Penrhyn Farm) to romantic retreats with hot tubs (Bodwarren Farm – Bran Goes Goch). The Clynnog house, which has six bedrooms and sleeps 12, is perfect for a special occasion and is within easy reach of Newborough Forest and Llanddwyn Island, one of Anglesey’s famous beauty spots.

Lligwy Beach Cottage at Menai cottages Lligwy Beach Cottage at Menai Holiday Cottages

Yurts and Tipis If you’re interested in going right back to nature, stay at Anglesey Yurts, small properties decorated with sheepskin rugs, lanterns and wood burning stoves.

Overnight stay in Ireland Although Anglesey seems as remote as it can get, remember that the bright lights of Dublin can be found just a two-hour ferry ride away from Holyhead. Ferries leave six times a day and can cost as little as £30 one-way. The view from the ferry is spectacular and a change of scene will make you appreciate Anglesey’s quiet even more so upon your return.

Irish Ferries Stenaline Ferries


Both the farming and fishing industries in North Wales are still very strong, and Anglesey is well-known for its lobsters and steady supply of organic lamb.  One of the biggest benefit’s of dining in Anglesey is that the food is fresh and local.

The White Eagle The White Eagle is a Modern gastro-pub that serves some of the tastiest food and artisan beers in the area, and has views looking out across to Snowdonia. Make sure you go there hungry as the portions are exceptionally generous and the puddings are delicious. All of the staff are locals too, which gives you the perfect opportunity to pick their brains for tips.

The Outbuildings Head chef Francois Bernier serves up local meats and fish with a backbone in classic French cuisine at this Anglesey newcomer. Expect fresh fish, perfectly cooked meats and local herbs and vegetables.  There’s plenty of dining space outside for when the weather is good.  The Outbuildings is also a bed & breakfast, should dinner go on for too long.


Anglesey is dotted with individual businesses selling the freshest of meats and local delicacies. Both Valley Butchers – or as it is known to Welsh locals, Cigyddy Fali – and Hooton’s homegrown are ​perfect for stocking up on BBQ supplies. Make sure you try the Hooton’s Welsh Black Beef, as well as asparagus in the spring and summer months.  Make sure you sample some Welsh Bara Brith, a tea-soaked, spiced fruitcake – as well as the famous Welsh lamb.

shutterstock_131611643 Young lambs and their mother in Angelsey – Image by Shutterstock

Holy Island Seafood Tucked away on the windy lane between The White Eagle pub and Rhoscolyn Beach, is Holy Island Seafood – a caravan selling the day’s catches directly from local fishermen. Tip: Lobster and crab sell out quickly, so get there before lunch time.


Rhosneigr Rhosneigr might not win prizes for being the prettiest beach in Anglesey but the Victorian seaside town is a must for watersports. Kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing are big here so head down on a windy day and check in to Funsport.

Rhoscolyn-Beach-3_Photo-by-Anya-Lawrence Rhoscolyn Beach – Image by Anya Lawrence

Rhoscolyn Hidden at the end of a tiny one-lane road, Rhoscolyn Beach might just be Holy Island’s best-kept secret. The beach is a mixture of sand and pebbles, set between two headlands which are also worth exploring.


Four On Anglesey An extraordinary outdoor art installation by renowned landscape painter Anthony Garratt. In March 2015, Anthony is exploring the diversity and beauty of the Anglesey landscape through creating four large canvases at different locations along or near the Anglesey Coastal Path. The paintings are then left in the exact spot they were painted from March to October. The transformation each painting endures when exposed to light and weather changes makes this art show a must see. Each painting can be found in four areas on the island – north, south, east and west.

Anglesey Coastal Path Without a doubt, the best way to explore Anglesey is by foot. The Anglesey Coastal Path will take you along the jagged coastline, through rolling hills filled with livestock and along pristine beaches. Be sure to pack a thick pair of socks, and watch out for blisters. Check out the Ring’o’fire ultra-marathon from August 29 – 31 participants will run 135 miles over three consecutive days.

South-Stack_Photo-by-Anya-Lawrence South Stack – Image by Anya Lawrence

South Stack – Viewpoint Lighthouse During the summer months thousands of raucous seabirds head to South Stack Cliffs making the RSPB-protected nature reserve something of a bird city. Mingle with eager bird watchers, and get yourself a glimpse of the Puffins, Guillemots and Razor Bills. Beyond the cliffs lies the 19th century South Stack Lighthouse. Even if birds aren’t your thing, the place has natural beauty and on a clear day you can see all the way out to Ireland. Tip: This is a perfect spot for a picnic.


Car: If you really want to explore, a car will come in very handy. The journey there is an adventure in itself, taking about six hours from London and two from Manchester. Ditching the M6 will add a few hours onto your drive but in return will offer you some of the best drive-by views in the UK with windy, one lane roads through the picturesque Welsh mountains.

Train: If however a car is not an option, a direct train from Euston to Holyhead takes just 3 1/2 hours. Holyhead isn’t as picturesque as some of its neighbouring villages so arrange for a local taxi firm to pick you up. Just be prepared to explore by foot and rely on the local pubs as there are no corner shops there. A train from Kings Cross to Bangor will also take you directly into the heart of North Wales.

Words by Anya Lawrence, @anyalawrence Images from Menai Holiday Cottages courtesy of Menai Holiday Cottages


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