Porthdafarch Loop


Inhabited since before Neolithic times, Holyhead has history and nature in abundance. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore the area and you might spot any number of rare species. Holy Island is home to Peregrine falcons, Coughs, Puffins; and in the seas surrounding the island, you’ll find grey seals, harbour porpoise and dolphins. If you’re exceptionally lucky you might spot a Basking shark or even a pod of Orca (Killer Whales)! Both of these species have been spotted in the seas around Holyhead in the past few years.

All four Holyhead routes are variations on a theme. Your choice of route is down to time available and energy levels; but whichever route you choose you will be rewarded with some of the finest seashore views in the United Kingdom.

Starting from the Breakwater Park, turn right onto the cycle path by the entrance. The route eventually joins South Stack Road which skirts along hillside towards the sea.

If you have the time and the energy consider a little (one mile each way) detour to South Stack lighthouse. The road is a little steep – but the views on a good day are stunning. The coastline in this area is mostly sheer cliffs plunging into the sea. Unsurprisingly Holy Island is also famous for its water sports, with world-class kayaking available around the rocky coastline.

Porthdafarch itself is a little cove with beautiful sandy beach. Very popular with families in the summer months.


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