Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path

A walking holiday through the diverse landscape of farmland, dunes and cliffs on the Isle of Anglesey, off the mainland of Wales.
Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path Map

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Anglesey (Ynys Môn) lies off the coast of North Wales, separated from the mainland by the treacherous waters of the Menai Strait. The island's finest treasure is its coastline, which boasts some of the finest and most varied coastal scenery in the British Isles. The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path encircles this enchanting island, taking in sweeping sandy beaches, expansive dunes, tidal estuaries, rocky headlands and towering sea cliffs. Along the way it visits quaint fishing villages, explores bustling seaports and passes numerous reminders of Anglesey's long and colourful history. Anglesey is also noted for its abundant flora and fauna. From the spring to the autumn the island is carpeted with flowers of every hue, the sea cliffs and offshore islands provide a home for a wide variety of birds, seals are a common sight and dolphins can often be glimpsed from the shore.

The island's close proximity to the mainland of North Wales adds drama to the views from the coast path: from almost any point along the trail the mountains of Snowdonia or the hills of the Llyn Peninsula provide dramatic backdrops to the views.

Highlights of the trail include the attractive villages of Cemaes, Moelfre and Aberffraw; Amlwch's lovely old harbour; the spectacular views from Holyhead Mountain which takes in almost the entire island, the mountains of Snowdonia, the hills of the Llyn Peninsula, the Isle of Man and the mountains of Ireland; Thomas Telford's graceful Menai Suspension Bridge, the world's first large iron suspension bridge; South Stack Lighthouse and seacliffs; Penmon Priory and Dovecote; Barclodiad y Gawres burial chamber, the largest Neolithic tomb in Wales; the Church of St Cadwaladr at Llangadwaladr, a former royal chapel and burial ground; the delightful town of Beaumaris with its wonderful castle, Jacobean courthouse and chilling Victorian gaol.

Holiday Highlights

  • Reaching the highest point on the Isle of Anglesey at the summit of Holyhead Mountain.
  • Visiting the many clean and beautiful beaches of the Anglesey coastline.
  • Spotting the rich population of seabirds around Puffin Island.
  • Exploring charming coastal towns and villages such as Beaumaris, Benllech, Cemaes and Holyhead.

Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path

A walking holiday from Bangor that circles the diverse coastal scenery of Anglesey.
Total Distance 137 miles (219 km)
Start and Finish Bangor
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Isle of Anglesey Lighthouse at Penmon
Isle of Anglesey Amlwch
Isle of Anglesey Treaddur Bay
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
IAC1 9 nights, 8 days walking £715 per person More Information Book Online
IAC2 10 nights, 9 days walking £790 per person More Information Book Online
IAC3 12 nights, 11 days walking £955 per person More Information Book Online
IAC4 14 nights, 13 days walking £1115 per person More Information Book Online
IAC5 16 nights, 15 days walking £1265 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Don’t have the time for the complete walk?

We also offer the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path in two sections, each of which is a beautiful walk in its own right, giving those with less time the opportunity to complete the trail in stages.


Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path - North Section

Bangor to Holyhead along the diverse coastline of the Isle of Anglesey.
Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path - North Map

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Total Distance 73 miles (117 km)
Start and Finish Bangor to Holyhead
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The North Section of the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path starts in Bangor, one of Wales' six cities, and continues along the diverse landscape of Anglesey's coastline to the busy ferry port of Holyhead. The trail takes in the very best of Anglesey's ancient history as well as the outstanding natural beauty that dominates the island.

The unfinished castle of Beaumaris dominates this historic town. With yachts docked in the harbour and boat trips running along the waters of the Menai Strait, the town is a wonderful example of the tranquil coastal towns that make Anglesey so popular.

Heading along the coast, the trail makes its way along a varied section of landscape, embracing wonderful views across the Menai Strait and passing the fascinating sites of Castell Lleiniog, a sheltered Norman motte and bailey and Penmon Priory, with more than one thousand years of history. Soon, the trail hugs the coastline closely as it reaches Penmon Point and from here there are views toward Puffin Island, a Special Protection Area occupied only by many species of wildlife, including cormorants, razorbills and kittiwakes. If you are lucky or keen-sighted, it may even be possible to spot grey seals, bottlenose dolphins and puffins.

The trail becomes challenging as it reaches the limestone plateau of Bwrdd Arthur (Arthur’s Table), where there are wonderful views over Conwy Bay and the mountains of Snowdonia. The Iron Age Hillfort of Din Silwy can also be explored at the summit of Arthur’s Table.

Descending to sea level, the trail follows coastal roads and sandy marshes to Red Wharf Bay, where there are vast expanses of tidal sands and plenty of birdlife to admire. When the trail reaches the popular seaside town of Benllech with its fantastic Blue Flag beach, the is a rise along the limestone cliffs, before dropping to the quaint sea front and pebble beach at Moelfre.

A stretch of sands, marshes and low limestone cliffs leads to Traeth Dulas, where there are fine stretches of sand on the way to Amlwch, where there is a backdrop of dramatic cliffs. The trail then takes in the beautiful scenery around Bull Bay, where there are wonderful views over the Irish Sea and, on a clear day, to the Isle of Man.

With ever increasing slopes, the trail passes Porth Wen, with its sea arch and passes the little church at Llanbadrig the ‘Church of St Patrick’ on the approach to Cemaes. From here, the trail crosses National Trust land before the coast becomes less dramatic and makes its final approach beyond Church Bay to the busy ferry port of Holyhead.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visiting a series of Anglesey’s numerous ancient sites, including Castell Lleiniog, Penmon Priory, Din Silwy and Beaumaris Castle.
  • Reaching the summit of Arthur’s Table, with fantastic views of Conwy Bay and the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Feeling the sand between your toes on the stunning beaches of Red Wharfe Bay and Benllech.
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Isle of Anglesey Rhoscolyn
Isle of Anglesey Beaumaris Castle
Isle of Anglesey Porth Wen
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
IACN1 5 nights, 4 days walking £405 per person More Information Book Online
IACN2 6 nights, 5 days walking £485 per person More Information Book Online
IACN3 7 nights, 6 days walking £560 per person More Information Book Online
IACN4 8 nights, 7 days walking £640 per person More Information Book Online
IACN5 9 nights, 8 days walking £720 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path - South Section

Holyhead to Bangor along rocky coastline and the Menai Strait in the South of Anglesey.
Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path - South Map

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Total Distance 64 miles (102 km)
Start and Finish Holyhead to Bangor
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The South section of the Isle of Anglesey Coast Path starts at the busy ferry port of Holyhead and negotiates the rocky headlands and sandy coves of the coastline on the way to Bangor.

Located on Holy Island, just off the Western side of Anglesey, the busy port of Holyhead is a vibrant start to the walk, as it bustles with ferries serving Britain and Ireland. From learning about the town’s seafaring history at the maritime museum, to discovering the history of St Cybi’s Church as a Roman Fort and naval base, the town sets the scene for the fascinating sites and landscape that you will encounter on the coastal path.

Leaving Holyhead, the trail approaches a dramatic section of coastline as it climbs Holyhead Mountain, the highest point on the Isle of Anglesey. From Holyhead Mountain, there are fantastic views over the whole island as well as towards the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula. Heading South, the trail descends to sandy coves and the trail catches great views of South Stack lighthouse and Ellin’s Tower. On the cliffs around South Stack, you are likely to spot Razorbills, Guillemots and Puffins.

Soon, the trail arrives in Trearddur, where there is an extensive sandy beach offering a variety of water sports. From here, the trail passes a series of rock formations such as the amazing rock arches of Bwa Du and Bwa Gwyn, before ascending to Rhoscolyn Head and moving inland along farmland to Four Mile Bridge, which connects Holy Island to the Isle of Anglesey.

Crossing Four Mile Bridge, the trail begins to encounter sand dunes and estuaries on the way to Rhosneigr and continues to Aberffraw along a series of low cliffs and rocks overlooking the beautiful golden beach at Aberffraw. The close proximity to RAF Valley means that you are likely to spot low flying aircraft against a backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park.

The trail soon passes through more sand dunes to the church of St Cadwaladr, a 12th century church containing the Cadfan Stone, an ancient Latin inscription said to contain the first Celtic Cross. From the small village of Maltraeth, there are wonderful views of the nearby Afon Cefni estuary, where you are likely to spot numerous species of wild fowl.

Out of Maltraeth, the trail visits Newborough Forest, an extensive area of Corsican Pine forest, sand dunes and open, golden beaches with the little island of Ynys Llanddwyn and its charming old lighthouse just off the coast. The trail then follows a gentle section along the banks of the Menai Strait, with views of the ancient town of Caernarfon, with its impressive castle, dominating the view on the way to Brynsiencyn.

Finally, with the mountains of Snowdonia and the Glyder Range in view, the trail visits the village of Llanfairpwll and passes under the Menai suspension bridge, built by Thomas Telford. With its medieval castle, gaol and courthouse, this ancient Viking settlement has a fascinating history to uncover as you near the end of your walk in Bangor.

Holiday Highlights

  • Admiring the spectacular coastal scenery of Anglesey and across the Menai Strait to the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Enjoying one of the very best beaches in Anglesey beyond Cable Bay, where sloping dunes lead to huge expanses of smooth, golden sand all the way to the Inland Sea.
  • Spotting the many species of wildlife in the coastal dunes, including Razorbills, Choughs, Guillemots and Terns.
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Old boat on Isle of Anglesey coastal path
Isle of Anglesey south stack lighthouse
Isle of Anglesey Penmon Priory
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
IACS1 5 nights, 4 days walking £410 per person More Information Book Online
IACS2 6 nights, 5 days walking £490 per person More Information Book Online
IACS3 8 nights, 7 days walking £650 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Isle of Anglesey Taster Break

Isle of Anglesey Taster Break (Western Section)
Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path

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Total Distance 27.5 miles (44 km)
Start and Finish Holyhead to Rhosneigr
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

This short break option takes in the western coast of the Isle of Anglesey. Starting from the busy port of Holyhead, the trail offers dramatic clifftop scenery with views across Gogarth Bay towards Holyhead mountain and the famous lighthouse at South Stack, giving way to sandy coves on the approach to Trearddur.

From here the coastline is dotted with unusual rock formations and sea arches as the walk meanders towards Four-Mile Bridge, before enjoying more sandy beaches on the final stretch to the surfing hotspot of Rhosneigr.

Holiday Highlights

  • Admiring far-reaching views from the many clifftop paths and clear viewpoints along the trail.
  • Spotting the vast range of wildlife that make their home on the island.
  • Celebrating the end of your walk in the popular resort of Rhosneigr.

Return to start included: Please note that this itinerary also includes transportation for your group and your luggage back to the starting point of your holiday at no extra cost.

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Isle of Anglesey Treaddur Bay
Isle of Anglesey Lighthouse at Penmon
Isle of Anglesey Beaumaris Castle
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
IACST1 4 nights, 3 days walking £340 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Mrs Harbottle. UK.

Another excellent holiday, our 5th with Contours with good walking and beautiful guesthouses especially comfortable beds and great breakfasts to set us up for the day, excellent luggage transfers. We enjoyed the scenery in the North and the architecture around Menai a lovely varied walk for scenery and birds and wildflowers.