Walking Both sides of the Irish Sea
Anglesey, North Wales, is quite often referred to as the Island of Romance and Wicklow as the Garden of Ireland. Put these two together and you have one amazing tour. Anglesey Walking Holidays have joined up with their friends at Footfalls, Ireland, who will take care of you over on the Green Isle. There is a strong link between both areas which are easily accessible by ferries crossing the Irish Sea. We are agents for both Stena and Irish Ferries, and your ferry ticket will be organised by us and is included in your package. You can start your holiday in whichever country that suits you.
Isle of Anglesey
Anglesey is rich in mystifying history, standing stones, burial chambers, hill forts and exhilirating views over to Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula. The island has a 128 mile Coastal Path, now part of the Wales Coast Path, consisting of cliffs, dunes and long sandy beaches that are a natural habitat to a variety of wildlife, flora and fauna, all waiting to be admired and enjoyed. 90% of the path is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Wicklow deservingly gains the title “Garden of Ireland”, and offers its visitors everything from a wild and scenic mountain landscape, made up of domed heather clad mountains, to deep wooded glens, meandering streams, waterfalls and tranquil lakes. One of the Wicklow Way’s finest jewels is Glendalough, situated in the centre of the county, and home to one of the finest Monastic Ruined Cities that you will find anywhere in Europe. The settlement was originally founded by St. Kevin who is said to have built his first church on the west coast of Anglesey near Aberffraw (Eglwys Cwyfan Church), before moving to Glendalough. Hence the Anglesey link!
Walking holidays on Anglesey and Wicklow
DAY 1: Arrival to Bangor (North Wales). Meet and greet and transfer to first night’s accommodation on the Isle of Anglesey in the south of the island, probably in the Llanfairpwllgwyngyll area.
DAY 2: Transfer to Malltraeth, walk to Llyn Rhos Ddu including Llanddwyn Island (7.5 miles) easy walking.
From Malltraeth the path takes you into Newborough Forest, now a natural habitat for red squirrels. Cross over from Newborough beach to the magical island of Llanddwyn, dedicated to the Welsh patron saint of lovers, Dwynwen. From the island make your way along a track parallel to the beach to Llyn Rhos Ddu car park and rest your weary legs at the Marram Grass Café and Restaurant ready for pick up.
DAY 3: Llyn Rhos Ddu to Moel y Don (7.5 miles) easy walking. Transfer from accommodation to Llyn Rhos Ddu. Crossing the Braint River via the giant stepping stones, the path leads across farmland down to the Menai Straits passing Foel Farm, Anglesey Sea Zoo and Halen Môn (Anglesey Sea Salt). The view over to Snowdonia and Caernarfon Castle are stunning. The area around Plas Trefathen is thought to have been the site of a battle between the Romans and the Druids in AD61. The Druids were the priestly and learned class in the ancient Celtic society of Western Europe, Britain and Ireland. The Romans saw them as ferocious freedom fighters rather than pious priests. Anglesey was their last stronghold.
Go onto the lane by Llanidan Church, now in private ownership, and Porthamel Hall, once the residence of Llywarch ap Bran in 1137, head of one of the Fifteen Ancient Tribes of Wales. Your walk ends at the quiet little hamlet of Moel y Don.
Day 4: Optional morning walk around Beaumaris before transfer to Holyhead Ferry Terminal for departure to Dublin in the afternoon. Pick up by our Irish counterparts in Dublin, and taken to your accommodation in the Wicklow mountains.
DAY 5: Glen Da Lough, the “Valley of The two lakes” (8 miles)
A circular route taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in Wicklow visiting an old Monastic Settlement that dates back to the 5th century.
DAY 6: Trooperstown Hill and the village of Annamoe (9 miles). This walk takes you along some quiet country roads and laneways to the summit of Trooperstown with views across Wicklow and across to Wales.
DAY 7: Transfer to Dubin port for ferry crossing back to Anglesey. Pick up and transfer from Holyhead terminal to car/station/ airport for departure.
Price: Contact us
Please note our itinerary description is Anglesey and Wicklow. This package can be reversed so that you can start in Wicklow followed by Wales.
Included: all accommodations in en-suite rooms, full Welsh and Irish breakfasts, luggage transfer, pick up to and from path if the accommodations are not at the end of the walk, RETURN ferry tickets and back up service. Packed lunches and evening meals are not included in the price but can be arranged.
Our prices are based on 2 persons sharing a room.
For solo walkers walking on their own, there will be an added charge of £40 per night.
For those walking with others but wanting a single occupancy there will be a single supplement charge of £30 per night.
THIS IS A SAMPLE AND CAN BE CHANGED TO SUIT THE CUSTOMER’S PERSONAL NEEDS. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU CAN START YOUR HOLIDAY IN IRELAND, AND END ON ANGLESEY.