Passing over the Britannia bridge traveling along the A55 from the direction of Chester, take the first exit then turn right at the “T” junction this will take you to the small town of Menai Bridge. A lay-by on the right is a must stop before you reach the town. It offers a view of the Menai Straits that is unrivalled. This rocky and narrow stretch of water, connects the North and South ends of the straights and is legendary, well known to mariners and sailors worldwide. Talks of shipping that have been lost, boats and yachts that have hit either cribbing or swell rock are aplenty. However, treated with respect and understanding, the Swellies are a very quiet monster who only ever get angry at certain times, all of which are well documented on chrts and in handbooks. Take note and plan your passage well and you’ll sail through without trouble. The straits are explained in much more detail in our Menai Straits page.
Well worth a visit if you’re visiting from either land or sea is St Georges Pier. A beautiful location with some council visitor moorings that are available in the summer season. The pier is a favourite overnight point for visiting yachts who are waiting for a favourable tide to pass through the swellies or just a great place to take an overnight rest if you’re cruising the area. A welcome sight to boat owners visiting the pier is the Prince Madog. She is a survey vessel who is permanently moored on the pier. She is manned 24 hours and never leaves the bridge at night, so it’s safe to raft on her outboard side and pass over her deck to reach the shore and visit one of the excellent local pubs or restaurants.
Moving along the straights from Menai Bridge in a North-Westerly direction either by land or sea will take you past the Gazelle public house. Parking is available but finding the pub from the road can be a challenge as its a sharp turn off the main Menai Bridge-Beaumaris. The Gazelle is a very popular pub that’s a great place to pick up a mooring on a summers evening and dingy ashore to sample the delights of the local food and Beer.
The port town of Holyhead is a key strategic busy port that links the UK with Ireland. Regular ferry services operate to Dublin and Dun Laoghhaire Harbour. Holyhead is currently benefitting from a full regeneration scheme with a waterfront development planned to take place.
Beaumaris, on the east coast, has charming Georgian architecture, a fine Edwardian castle and some of the best restaurants in North Wales.
Whether you wish to visit the majestic medieval castle, take a picnic on the beach, take a boat trip to explore Puffin Island and Penmon Lighthouse, Beaumaris has a lot to offer. If nothing else it’s a great place to kick back, relax and unwind in an ancient pub and try some award-winning local food.
The village of Newborough is the access point to the famous Newborough Sands, one of the largest sand dune beaches in The UK. The breathtaking sands appear to continue as far as the eye can see and are flanked by the 2,000 acre forest. If you’re lucky you’ll get to see the Newborough Red Squirrels, an ever increasing rarety in the UK, especially so close to the beach. Standing on the boardwalk view poit you can see the Mountains of Snowdonia as they continue down the Llyn Peninsula into Mid Wales, the Blue flagged beach of Llanddwyn allowes access to Llanddwyn Island at low water. Llanddwyn Island is a mile long rocky island which holds the remains of the 16th century church of St Dwynwen. Dwynwen was the patron saint of lovers. Just like the rest of the UK, Wales has its own version of Valentines Day on the 25th January every year, known as St Dwynwen’s Day.
Benllech is on the East coast of Anglesey and consists of a small town and a beautiful blue flagged beach which brings in tourists from miles around. From the beach you can see across Conwy Bay to the Great Orme. If you’re sailing from Conwy and intend on sailing around Anglesey, make sure you stop off at Benllech, drop the anchor, take a well deserved rest and relax for a while before heading North and across the top of the Island towards Holyhead.
Trearddur Bay is a popular beachy bay on the West coast of Holy Island. Consisting of two beaches, Trearddur bay is a popular spot for the watersports scene, jet ski’s, windsurfers and canoeists are aplenty, due to the relatively shallow nature of the bay, it is a popular spot for scuba divers as there are many rocky reefs easily visable in the clear waters. If sea fishing is your thing then make sure you cast off in Trearddur Bay as it is renowned for excellent catches.
Amlwch is the most Northerly town on Anglesey and has a lovely little man made sheltered harbor, a good place to stop and moor up for the night as you continue to explore what Anglesey has to offer.