Anglesey: South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve

South Stack Lighthouse

South Stack is a craggy island off the top northwest corner of Anglesey. Entry to the RSPB is free although you need to pay to park your car in one of the nearby car parks. There is a visitor centre which sells gifts, snacks, coffee etc and you can sit outside on one of several picnic tables. We were fortunate to see a chough (pronounced ‘chuff’) which can only be found in the very west of the British Isles. It flew onto one of the nearby tables as we sat outside enjoying coffees!

The lighthouse was built in 1809 to warn ships of the dangerous rocks beneath the sea. Usually you can visit the lighthouse if you are prepared to climb down and then up 400 steps but unfortunately it was closed while we were there.

As we were unable to visit the lighthouse we decided to walk around the dramatic coastline looking for birds and wildlife.

We were looking out for guillimots, razorbills, peregrine falcons and more choughs as well as seals, whales and dolphins in the sea!

We didn’t see a great deal of wildlife but the views were stunning! This was a spectacular walk.

We didn’t have a set route but made our way along the coast path to the other side of the peninsular from where we could see Holyhead. Holyhead is a ferry port and from here you can take ferries to Dublin.

Including our initial coffee stop we spent around 3 hours exploring the coast around South Stack before returning to our cars and setting off again…

Trearddur Bay

From South Stack we drove the short distance around the scenic coast to Trearddur Bay where we spent an hour sitting outside (then inside) the Oceans Edge restaurant with a sunset drink!

Trearddur Bay

We were all impressed with the Oceans Edge restaurant menu and the friendly ambience but unfortunately we could only stay for an hour… we had parked in the adjacent car park but had run out of change again so just paid £1 for one hour. We’re looking forward to the day when all car parks have a contactless payment system…

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