With the largest Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) in Wales, miles of unspoilt sandy coastline, craggy cliffs, picturesque villages and protected wildlife habitats, Anglesey is well worth exploring. Today we'll discover its variety of wild landscapes by boat, vehicle and on foot.
We drive 15 minutes and cross the Menai Bridge to reach the island of Anglesey. From here we'll board a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) for a trip around Anglesey's south coast. There'll be some excitement as we navigate The Swellies, notable for its whirlpools and shipwrecks. But these are simply and easily navigated in the RIB, and we'll soon be gliding through easy waters, passing the National Trust mansion of Plas Newydd, home to the Marquess of Anglesey, as well as the historic village of Felinheli, the familiar sight of Caernarfon Castle and into the open sea towards Llanddwyn Island. This tiny tidal island is home to the legend of St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of friendship and love. We'll return to Menai Bridge the way we came - very occasionally, particularly if the sea is calm, we may see a dolphin or porpoise.
After our ride we'll drive down to Newborough Beach and Forest. Part of the dunes are a national nature reserve, and the forest is home to one of Wales's largest red squirrel conservation sites. We'll have some free time here to explore. One option is to walk out to the ruins of an ancient 5th-century convent on Llanddwyn Island, which we passed on our RIB ride. At low tide the island is accessible by walking along the beach. Alternatively, you could choose to explore the dunes, enjoy a picnic or take a walk through the forest.
In the afternoon we'll take a tour of Halen Mon, Anglesey's finest sea salt producer. Their award-winning salt has gained worldwide renown and with one of their expert guides, we'll learn about their unique salt harvesting process and end with a tasting of some of the delicious salt varieties.
On our return to Caernarfon we'll take a quick pit stop at (deep breath!) Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - the train station with the longest name in the world.