2017 is Wales’s ‘Year of Legends’. It’s a theme that fits the Isle of Anglesey like a glove – and in more ways than you might have thought.
We’re a legendary island in the widest sense of the word, embracing our past, celebrating our present and even looking into our future. But let’s start with all our yesterdays. Anglesey is built on some of the oldest rocks in the country. And talking about ancient stones, we’re home to nearly 150 scheduled historic monuments, ranging from prehistoric tombs to a World Heritage castle at Beaumaris.
Our past is a storybook filled with saints, princes, druids and pioneers of the industrial age, their tales told everywhere across the island. So if it’s history you want, you’ve come to the right place.
Then there are our legendary landscapes and seascapes – especially the latter, a stunning 125-mile stretch of coastline designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Threaded all the way by a coast path, it’s a succession of big, bold sandy bays and intimate coves, rocky headlands and nature reserves.
They are living landscapes and seascapes too, rich in wildlife and buzzing with all kinds of adventures and activities. Go cliff walking at South Stack, take a RIB ride (that’s in a Rigid Inflatable Boat) along the Menai Strait, gallop along the beach on horseback or go coasteering for the ultimate climb-and-dive combo… legendary experiences all, we think.
Taste also comes into it. We’re an island famous for our award-winning restaurants, food festivals and local produce like Halen Môn Anglesey Sea Salt, the choice of top chefs from London to Los Angeles.
And you must make a date for the National Eisteddfod, a unique festival grown from ancient roots with a vibrant contemporary cultural relevance. This summer it comes to Anglesey – see you there.