An amazingly beautiful place off the west coast of Anglesey, with woodland walks, fabulous sandy beaches, a tidal island and a smidgen of myths, legends and history.
Just for good measure you will have spectacular views over the Menai Straits to the Snowdon Range and the Yr Eifl mountains (The Rivals) on the Llŷn Peninsula.
Car park: Newborough Forest LL61 6SG
Llanddwyn Island is at the far end of the Newborough Warren on the west coast of Anglesey. Despite it's name, Llanddwyn is not actually an island. It is attached to Anglesey except at high tide. So check the high tide times before you go.
North Wales is a land of myths and legends. You are never far from a mythical story intertwined with history. Llanddwyn Island story is about St Dwynwen, Welsh patron saint of lovers and St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated on the 25th January. Just in case you were wondering; this is not about skimpy jeans, long hair and guitars on the beach. Oh no. Apart from the fact that 25th January in North Wales is far too cold, this is more a story of unhappy love, wistful longing, inseparable romance and tragedy. Dwynwen was also known to be the patron saint of sick animals! A metaphor for forsaken lovers perhaps?
A far more contemporary story tells the tale of a young man who stood at Dwynwen’s well and made a wish. Shortly afterwards he found the girl of his dreams. They fell in love and got married. But alas the joy was short lived as she divorced him and took most of his wealth with her. Maybe Llanddwyn Island should be called ’The Isle of misconceived wishes'?
If you want to read more about St Dwynwen: The story of St Dwynwen
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Julia Bradbury’s Anglesey Coastal Walk
Julia Bradbury’s Anglesey Coastal Walk heads out beside the Menai Straits overlooking Snowdonia.
A stunning walk with Snowdonia National Park as the backdrop.