Newborough Beach and Llanddwyn Island

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Newborough Beach and Llanddwyn Island is a 6.1 kilometer loop trail located near Bodorgan, Ynys Môn, Wales that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 6.1 km Elevation Gain: 60 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips

bird watching



Great little island to visit full of history and interest. This is one of the few places pillow lava can be seen and information can be found on the island. St Dwynwen, the Welsh saint of lovers, lived out her life here in the fifth century, following a sad romance. On the island, an apparition granted her three wishes – one of which ensured that all lovers coming to Llanddwyn would be happy for the rest of their lives. The ruined windows of a sixteenth century church, build on the remains on St. Dwynwen’s church, offer romantic frames for the island’s Celtic cross, the long stretch of Newborough beach and the mainland Snowdonia mountains to the east. To the south are small, whitewashed cottages, looking out to the long curve of the Lleyn peninsula. During the 17th, 18th and early 19th century, slate was exported from the ports of Caernarfon, Bangor and Felinheli, and pilots steered the ships over dangerous sand bars into the Menai Straits. From 1826, the Caernarfon Harbour Trustees provided the pilots with cottages on Llanddwyn. There are two towers on the island. The larger, tapered one (Tŵr Mawr) was originally manned by the pilots, and was used as the lighthouse that plays a key role in the Half Light film; the smaller one is a day-mark to the entrance to Pilot’s Cove and now displays the light. Parking and facilities are available in the Forestry Commission Car Park at New borough beach.

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