Landscape - Amlwch to Llaneilian

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The coast between Amlwch and Llaneilian is strikingly scenic with an expansive seascape.  From this point on Anglesey’s north coast it is possible to see the Isle of Man on clear days. Amlwch Port is an interesting place to visit, with its roots anchored in an industrial past when it served as the world’s largest exporter of copper – which was mined at nearby Parys Mountain.  From the port, the Anglesey Coastal Path winds along low cliff-tops through attractive coastal heathland.   It is a good opportunity to appreciate the coast’s rocky nature, as it is punctuated by numerous headlands, coves and inlets, including Llam Carw, Aber Cawell, Porth Newydd, Porthyrychen, and Porth Eilian.

Just to the east of Porth Eilian lies Point Lynas headland, with its square, white lighthouse. The lighthouse housed a beacon to warn ships of the treacherous coastline from the 18th century.  It had a proper light from 1835.  Looking inland from this stretch of coast, it is possible to see the tall, pyramidal roof of St. Eilian’s Church at Llaneilian village.  The gorse and bracken scrub that is interspersed with the heathland provides good habitat for heathland birds like wheatear and stonechat.  The stonechat’s name is testament to its call – which sounds just like two stones being knocked together!  Small flocks of chough frequent this area, as do raptors like kestrel and peregrine falcon.  The offshore islands are home to colonies of seabirds.  This is a great sea watching spot, with regular sightings of grey seals (in the autumn) and bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise in summer.

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