Introducing Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)
At 276 sq miles, the Isle of Anglesey is Wales' largest island and bigger than any in England. It's a popular destination for visitors with miles of inspiring coastline, hidden beaches, chocolate-box villages and Wales' greatest concentration of ancient sites. A brush with royalty has given Anglesey an added caché in recent years, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge setting up home here while Prince William serves at the Royal Air Force base in Valley.
From prehistoric times, Anglesey's fertile land was settled by small communities of farmers. The island was holy to the Celts and, in AD 60, it was the last part of Wales to fall to the Romans. Given its outpost status and singular character, Anglesey stakes a fair claim to being the Welsh heartland. Gerald of Wales quoted the ancient name for the island in declaring it 'Môn mam Cymru' (Mother of Wales) at the end of the 12th century.
Almost all of the Anglesey coast has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The little town of Beaumaris makes an attractive base due to its excellent accommodation and eateries, but there are hidden gems scattered all over the island.