When faced with an unshakable urge to travel somewhere recently, we decided to hire a car and head to the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales for a relaxing weekend of food, culture and breathtaking scenery.
Our Welsh break in Anglesey was filled with castles, coastal views and plenty of colour! We stayed on a farm near Red Wharf Bay on the east coast and enjoyed pure peace and quiet along with a delicious breakfast each morning overlooking rolling fields and Snowdonia.
Anglesey is only around an hour-and-a-half’s drive away from Liverpool. I used to visit Wales regularly on family holidays as a child and have fond memories of wandering around fields with my parents and little sister, taking nostalgic steam trains up misty mountains, staying in farm cottages (some charming and others not so much!) and, at one lovely farm, feeding carrots to ‘Sammy’ the goat.
Despite it being at least two decades since I last visited Wales, I hadn’t forgotten its incredible natural beauty. Driving over the Menai Bridge to Anglesey reveals particularly stunning views. Practically the whole coastline has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and it’s easy to appreciate why.
The weather forecast indicated a weekend of rain, but it was actually bright and sunny on Saturday – our only full day. So we really made the most of it by driving around the island and taking in as much as possible in the short time we had.
We went on a cliff-side walk to the South Stack Lighthouse near Holyhead, visited Beaumaris Castle, stuffed our faces with hearty welsh fare at every opportunity and even found time to stop off at the historic walled city of Conwy, North Wales on the way home.
Where we stayed
Seeking a restful stay, we went with Parc Yr Odyn in Pentraeth, Anglesey. This is a working farm featuring five-star rated bed and breakfast and self catering options.
We stayed in one of only two rooms in the farmhouse and enjoyed a comfortable, elegantly decorated space with gorgeous countryside views of fields and mountains.
The farm was a short drive away from Red Wharf Bay and Beaumaris. Breakfast featured continental and cooked options with delicious locally-sourced produce including fresh eggs off the farm. I was impressed with the selection of cereal, seeds, fruits and fresh berries laid out on the table each morning.
There were even cakes placed in our room every afternoon. The host made us feel very welcome with a friendly and approachable manner.
Where we ate
On our first evening in Anglesey we enjoyed a pub meal at the Ship Inn, Red Wharf Bay. This place serves quality pub grub including fish and chips, sausage and mash and chicken curry. A cosy traditional pub atmosphere right on the waterfront.
We forgot to book somewhere on Saturday night so ended up going for a pretty tasty curry at Meghna Tandoori in Beaumaris. By chance (i.e. we got lost), we also stopped off for lunch at the White Eagle Pub in Rhoscolyn. Their cheese on toast with caramalised onion was fabulous!
Overall, it was a lovely little weekend break!
Have you visited Anglesey in North Wales or do you plan to?