Only had time for a couple of quick sorties into Anglesey which, if nothing else, leaves plenty to go back for.
Home to Beaumaris Castle the last, and some say the finest of Edward I's north Wales castles. It was begun in 1295 under the supervision of the king's brilliant military architect, James of St George.
See Cadw's official site for opening times, etc.
There is plenty else to see and do in this pretty little town. Including boat trips to Puffin Island and along the Menai Strait.
Today the village, signposted as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and known locally as Llanfairpwll or even just Llanfair, is mainly visited for the large Pringles superstore which, at the time of my visit, also owned the now redundant station building and sold "platform tickets", stamps passports, etc.
It is, however, the station (now known simply as Llanfairpwll) which brought the village to fame.
In the 1860s, the village council contrived the name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio near the Red Cave).
Having "the longest name of a railway station in Great Britain" was an act of marketing genius
which ensures to this day a steady flow of visitors to what, otherwise, is a fairly unremarkable place.
External Links and References
Long article on the station from the Photographers Resource sits http://www.photographers-resource.co.uk/a_heritage/Railways/LG/llanfair_station.htm
Details of the station and services from Transport for Wales. https://tfw.wales/places/stations/llanfairpwll
Wikipedia article with
more on the name, and how to pronounce it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
Treath-Coch (Red Wharf Bay)
Treath-Coch (Red Wharf Bay) is a beautiful spot, which, I have to admit, I remember chiefly for The Ship Inn, and because the kids insisted in calling it "Red Dwarf Bay".
That, and the large square shaped limestone rock called Castell Mawr.
Even though it can get quite busy with yachtsmen in the summer, it is still difficult to believe that in the eighteenth century this was a busy port.