In the far north westerly reaches of Wales you will find the county of Anglesey. Separated from mainland Wales by the Menai Strait, Anglesey is an island enjoying a solitary but romantic setting. The county also includes Holy Island just off south west Anglesey. Much of the miles and miles of coastline has been designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you only need to visit to learn why! The Skerries are collection of rocky islets which are popular with divers due to a number of wrecks; South Stack near Holyhead is rife with bird life, and is home to a great number of interesting species. The largest settlement is Holyhead on Holy Island, home to a busy ferry port, linking the island to Ireland. The county town is Llangefni, located centrally, on the banks of the river Cefni, the attractive town is a beautiful tourist spot. Beaumaris is home to Edward I’s impressive moated fortification Beaumaris Castle, and there are a number of other notable buildings worth visiting in the town. Anglesey is also home to the village with the longest name in Europe. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch was given this rather extended version of its original name as an early example of a publicity stunt to attract visitors!
North Wales showcases some of the UK's most varied landscape, from the snow-capped mountains of Snowdonia to the beaches of the Llyn Peninsula. Indeed, it is one of the only parts of Britain where you can be in the mountains in the morning and at the seaside by the afternoon. The diverse animal life of the region reflects this, with everything from otters to ospreys and seals to dolphins.
Not many places are imbued with such history and heritage, which is reflected throughout the region from cottages to castles! Attractions abound, with zoos and farms, steam railways and activity centres. There are regular events from international cultural festivals and shows to family fun days.
The area also offers a huge range of outdoor activities; walking, cycling, fishing, golf and water-sports to name only a few. In many parts of North Wales the spoken language is Welsh, not English, although people who cannot or will not speak the latter are rare, and signposts and other notices always display their message in both languages.