Ynys Môn

Ynys Môn

After a lovely hour or so driving through Snowdonia we crossed the Britannia bridge and into the magical kingdom of Ynys Môn. The land of the Princes of Wales and one of the last bastillion of the Celts. The first place visited was the Neolithic burial mound at Bryn Celli Ddu.IMG_0654 IMG_0658 This was a mystical place of days gone by, where our ancestors buried the dead or ashes of the dead. There are still offerings to the old gods being made inside the tomb to this day.IMG_0663

We moved on to the campsite in Newborough, with a wonderful walk through Newborough forestIMG_0665

to the beach and Llanddwyn island the last resting place of St Dwynwen the welsh St Valentine. IMG_0668While walking to the pub we passed the ruins of the court of the princes of Gwynedd, where they once ruled Wales.

Day 2

After packing up we went a few miles down the road into Newborough forest again to Malltraeth to see the red squirrels and we caught a glimpse of them straight away feeding from the boxes.18424871_10212936956648676_1180725687_n Moving on to Aberffraw, a beautiful unspoilt inlet on the estuary.IMG_0675 We walked the coastal path for about 3 miles to see the lovely church bay, where the church of St Cwyfan lies on a small island cut off by the high tideIMG_0687 (1). We decided to camp at Llyn Cefni a beautiful wooded spot by the lake with lovely walks.IMG_0696

 

Day 3

Woke up to the birds singing in the wood and after a good breakfast we proceeded to the Oriel Ynys Môn Gallery. IMG_0702IMG_0700This had a couple of interesting exhibition’s and a permanent exhibition of Kyffin Williams. AberffrawWe proceeded to Beaumaris to the artisan market not very impressed with this as only a few stalls, much the same as a craft market. On to Red Wharf Bay where we had trouble parking with the van,  so after a struggle getting back up the road we found the hidden gem of Moelfre

a beautiful bay which Kyffin Williams painted and  with a great history of ship wrecks and the RNLI. Our final stop was at Pentraeth at the Panton Arms, great food dogs welcome, and very friendly staff. Before heading home, we just had to go see the famous railway sign at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogorechchwindrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch.IMG_0724

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