Anglesey Itinerary Road Trip For 2021; Best Beaches and more!
With Covid halting all international travel for the foreseeable future it’s no surprise the British public are planning on creating the best “UK staycation” this year. And there’s no better place to start with the Isle of Anglesey – an adventure island for all! There is plenty of things to do Anglesey!
Imagine picturesque Anglesey beaches, charming countryside and plenty of fish and chips, this holiday destination is perfect for couples, families and solo travellers, no matter what your hobbies or interests. Just don’t forget to pack your bucket and spade.
Where is Anglesey?
Anglesey is situated just off the north west coast of Wales, separated from the mainland by Menai Strait, a narrow stretch of shallow seawater, but don’t worry, you don’t need to get the paddles out just yet. The Britannia Bridge built in 1850 allows easy access across to the island.
Anglesey island is by far the largest island in Wales standing at 120 miles long and is certainly one of the most interesting places to visit in Wales. Tourism is now the major economic activity on the island, with many activities catered towards all age groups, making it ideal for your 2021 staycation.
Best time to visit Anglesey?
Everyone wants a sunny holiday destination, but the good old British weather doesn’t always allow this! If you’re in search of warmer weather, the best time to visit Anglesey is between June and September where temperatures hover around 16 degrees with approximately 15 rainy days in the month. I know 16 degrees isn’t quite the same as basking in 30+ heat in sunny Spain, but least you won’t have to worry about sunburn! Saying that, with climate change making our summers hotter, you can expect some really hot says so i’d always recommend packing the shades, just in case!
With warmer weather comes the sun worshiper crowds,so you can expect the summer months to be busy so booking campsites early is always recommended too. If you’re willing to sacrifice a few degrees, why not head to Anglesey during the months of May and October which will be a lot quieter and campsite fees usually cheaper.
Don’t write off a winter road trip just yet! Between December and February, a chill settles into the air with temperatures reaching a maximum of 7-8 degrees celsius. Yes you need to pack your thermals, but just imagine, a bright blue sky and a fresh Irish sea breeze to blow the cobwebs away – it could just be the perfect winter getaway.
Also, don’t forget to check out my Airbnb Anglesey list.
Anglesey Road Trip
Driving around Anglesey is pretty easy as long as you can read Welsh – just kidding! Yes there are a lot of long winded road signs that only a small percentage of people can pronounce but you’ll still be able to get from A to B without any hitches. The island is just 25 miles from east to west, and 20 miles from north to south – large enough to explore, but small enough to get to know. But where do you start?
Well this is where our Anglesey Itinerary comes in. We have devised a 1 week road trip we think incorporates all of Anglesey’s best beaches such as Newborough beach, coastal paths and activities. If you only have a few days free, this itinerary can easily be shortened, or if you’re lucky enough to have unlimited time you can easily spend a few more days at each destination to get a real feel for this Welsh wonderland.
Day 1 – Beaumaris
Beaumaris is a quirky little town, which is conveniently located 10 minutes from Menai Bridge, making it an ideal first stop on your Anglesey itinerary. Check out Beaumaris castle, a World Heritage site that is a perfect place for exploring with the family or head down to Beaumaris pier and go crabbing, it’s a fun activity for any age.
If you’re lucky enough to be in town when the artisan market is on, make sure to check it out and pick up some funky souvenirs and enjoy some tasty local delicacies. There’s also plenty of boutique independent shops to explore if you find yourself in Beaumaris on a rainy day.
I’d also recommend a boat trip over to puffin island to see some spectacular scenery and an abundance of wild life, especially if you’re a bird lover. You may even be lucky enough to spot some dolphins so make sure to pack those binoculars.
Finish the day with some tasty fish and chips on the seafront and watch peacefully as the world walks by – the perfect end to a perfect day.
Day 2 – Red Wharf Bay and Benllech
Next head over to Red Wharf Bay and have a walk along the bay for spectacular views then finish off with a well deserved pint at The Ship pub. Best of all, the car park is FREE! After lunch head over to Benllech beach, one of the most popular spots on the island due to its golden sands and clear blue waters (if you’re brave enough to get your bathers on!). Also, don’t forget to try their donuts from the beach cafe, you won’t be disappointed – trust me! Benllech is also a dog friendly beach, which is superb for letting them run free.
Day 3 – Molfre and Ligway Beach
Molfre is a former fishing village known for its fabulous beaches and beautiful countryside. There’s plenty of activities to try out form water skiing to kayaking or try your hand at fishing. It’s also the perfect place to take the kids rock pooling so don’t forget to pack a net and bucket.
After a busy morning why not head over to Tyddyn Môn Activity Farm and enjoy a hot cup of coffee whilst the kids let off some steam in the soft indoor play area. They serve fresh sandwiches, snacks and cakes, alongside a wide selection of cakes and ice cream – remember calories don’t count on holiday.
Spend the afternoon on Ligway Beach a vast space, backed by low sand dunes, giving it a wild feel. There’s a massive car park, so there’s no need to worry about parking, as well as toilets and a cafe.
Day 4 – Cemaes Bay
Cemaes Bay truly is a lovely village with a pretty little harbour and two beaches. Both beaches are perfect for all manner of fun beach activities, sailing, windsurfing and surfing. Here you can also check out the Anglesey Coastal path for some stunning countryside and dramatic cliff faces.
The town itself is very small, but in my view it’s all about quality and no quantity! There’s still plenty of little cafes offering tasty local food at sensible prices to enjoy.
Day 5 – Holyhead
The number one tourist attraction in Holyhead is South stack lighthouse. Be prepared for the 400+ steps down (and back obviously) and then a narrow climb to the top of the lighthouse which is not for the faint-hearted or physically challenged, but if you feel up to it you will get some fantastic views. The staff are super friendly and informative staff and for only £6 this is a great way to spend a couple of hours.
If you’re still prepared to get some more steps in, why not take a stroll around Holyhead Breakwater Country park, which include audio trails, a new open gallery and themed walks, before heading down to the port and watch the big ferries dock.
Day 6 – Rhosneigr
Try your hand at paddle boarding or surfing through Gecko surf school for a fun day out, or have a go at kite surfing with Anglesey kite school. Traeth Crigyll beach is the perfect place to stretch your legs or equally to sit back and bask in the afternoon sun. There’s lots of interesting rock pools to explore and is an all round untouched beautiful beach. Just don’t expect fancy facilities as this place is pretty minimalist.
Day 7 – Aberffraw
Aberffraw bay is a vast bay with sandy dunes and rolling waves. If you’re looking for peace and quiet this is the ideal destination as the car park is a distance from the sandy dunes, plus dogs are permitted – bonus! And if you want a perfect picture opportunity then head to St Cwyfans Church, a quaint little church sitting on a rocky headland in the sea, hence it’s only accessible during the low tide.
Top tips for driving around Anglesey
The main question all roadtrippers want to know is whether you can wild camp. Unfortunately there is no legal right that allows you to free camp anywhere in Wales, meaning Anglesey is on that forbidden list too. However, it doesn’t mean wild camping isn’t always possible… There are many secluded spots along the coastline, however it is always advised to get permission from the land owner first out of courtesy, plus you don’t want to be hit with any fines! If you do choose to wild camp, make sure to leave your chosen destination as to how you found it, by picking up your litter, putting out campfire etc.
So there you have it, our complete guide to the best Anglesey itinerary. Pack your bags, fuel up and set off on an adventure of a lifetime. We headed on our Anglesey itinerary in Summer 2020, so it’s wise to check before travel if certain campsites and activities are open due to covid restricts to avoid disappointment.