Llanddwyn Island

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Llanddwyn Island is actually a peninsula which divides Llanddwyn Bay from the breakers of Malltraeth Bay. It is part of the National Nature Reserve. In spring the island is carpeted in bluebells and spring squills. Soay and Jacobs sheep graze an enclosure and cormorants fish from the rocks offshore. Shipwrecks were frequent here, so a 40ft column was built in 1819 to warn sailors of the rocks around the island. This was later replaced with by the lighthouse Twr Mawr, built in 1845 in the style of local windmills, which is still standing, although no longer in use. Llys Rhosyr was a stronghold of Welsh rule in the 13th century and its still possible to see the layout of this court of the Princes of Gwynedd, as the ground plan is virtually intact.

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On the A4080, turn off at the cross roads for the main Newborough Forest car park (pay).The island is approximately 1.5 km walk across the sands.


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