Ynys Môn and the Llŷn Peninsula

The coastal extremities of North Wales.

Ynys Môn

Most Welsh people know Ynys Môn (Anglesey) as the largest of all the Welsh islands. This is connected to the mainland by road bridges across the Menai strait, a thin strip of sea water that is so narrow, it appears to be a river (in fact, its Welsh name Afon Menai calls it a river). This is where most people's knowledge ends. Some can perhaps add that it has a ferry port (though that is actually on a separate, secondary island), and the rest is mainly farmland. A few are aware that lots of the population are bilingual.

Like many parts of Wales, it has plenty of beaches, and a castle. But even having been there to go shopping at one of those rare things called a supermarket, I'm still not sure if the island actually has anything else that makes it stand out. It certainly does not have the natural attractions of the Snowdonia National Park. Simply because I should mention it at some point, on the mainland side of the strait is the second smallest city in the UK (one of those with a cathedral) called Bangor.

Llŷn Peninsula

The weather was very bad, so we decided to go to the coast, to watch the sea attempting to destroy the Llŷn Peninsula.