Anglesey


Anglesey used to be part of Gwynedd, but has recently achieved independence. It is a lovely island surrounded by beautiful clear water - horribly cold, but inviting on a hot, sunny day.

Historically the island is known as Mam Cymru, the Mother of Wales. It was the centre of druidism in Roman times and rumour has it that ancient rites still linger on in places. However Christianity has triumphed and still remains strong - the only pagans you will find on Sunday are the English visitors.

Anglesey has many attractions - bird watching, ancient standing stones, Norman castles, cycle paths and long-distance rambles. And, of course, the longest place name in Britain, the infamous Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwerndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!

One of the most curious stories concerns two boys who were found by a smuggler on a tiny island. One died soon after rescue, the other grew up to become famous as a bone setter - a meddyg esgyrn.

And then there is the charming cottage called "Swtan", abandoned to ruin early last century but then lovingly restored by a group of enthusiasts."