The Menai Strait is the stunningly beautiful, picture perfect stretch of water that separates the Isle of Anglesey from mainland Wales. Breathtaking it may be but it is dangerous too. The Strait demands respect.
Even Admiral Lord Nelson who trained his cadets here called it
“one of the most treacherous stretches of sea in the world.”
Twice daily an enormous volume of water squeezes through the narrow passage. It flows over convoluted rock formations on the sea bed caused by a major geological fault resulting in dramatic overfalls and swirling whirlpools know as The Swellies.
A recent ITV, six part documentary series ‘A year in the life of the Menai Strait’ celebrates its beauty, its drama and the brave men and women who make their living along its unique shores. They are Frankie Hobro Marine Conservationist who runs multi award winning Anglesey Sea Zoo, Ali and Jamie sailing instructors at Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre for Wales, Glyn Davies multi award winning Lanscape Photographer, Stan Zalot Beaumaris Boatman and local character, Emrys Jones Caernarfon Boatman and Dr Michael Roberts Scientist and Marine Biologist.
There is much for visitors to enjoy to. Thanks to the iconic Menai Suspension Bridge built by Thomas Telford and Britannia Bridge built by Robert Stephenson our passage onto Anglesey is an easy one. There we can explore to our hearts content whilst enjoying thrilling boat trips, exploring historic waterside buildings such as Plas Newydd now cared for by the National Trust and Beaumaris Castle, eating Menai oysters and mussels in waterside restaurants such as Dylan’s on St Georges Road, discovering the diversity of indigenous species at fascinating Anglesey Sea Zoo, stocking up on gourmet Halen Mon sea salt and watching how the crystals are extracted from Menai seawater, horse riding with Anglesey Riding Stables and more.
Browse through our Anglesey holiday cottages. Choose your favourite and let your discoveries begin. Gwel y Rhos is a luxury barn conversion, a charming stone cottage for 6 suitable for families or friends sharing near Newborough beach and coastal nature reserve. It is dog friendly too.
Beau Retreat is a bespoke holiday apartment for 4 in the elegant waterside town of Beaumaris. It is within strolling distance of shops, restaurants, cafes, castle, boat trips and museums.