This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Holy Island. To help you make friends with Holy Island before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Holy Island, Wales, is a small island on the north coast of Wales, right next to the much larger Isle of Anglesey; only a small channel separates both islands. The island covers an area of approximately forty square kilometres. The name "holy" derives from the large amount of burial chambers, religious sites, and standing stones on the island. The highest point is Holyhead Mountain, one of the most popular point of interests in the region. The mountain is two hundred twenty metres high and three kilometres west of Holyhead. Around eleven thousand of the thirteen thousand people on Holy Island live in Holyhead. St. Cybi’s Church is located in the centre of the town and definitely worthwhile to visit. The town boasts a fine selection of restaurants and pubs. Even if you want to do some shopping, you can find a good choice of shops.
There are numerous hotels, holiday apartments, and guesthouses spread on the island. Limited options for Holy Island, Wales hostels exist. However, there is a cluster of accommodations in Holyhead. Most accommodations including your Holy Island, Wales hostel offer free Wi-Fi. The price level is moderate. If you look for more hostels, check out Bangor. The small city is around thirty-five kilometres east of Holyhead.
Outdoors and animal lovers especially come to see the unspoilt nature as well as the rich wildlife. The variety of birds living along the cliffs near South Stack is worthwhile to watch. South Stack is another small island just off Holy Island. It is well-known for the spectacular South Stack Lighthouse. The whole area is perfect for photographers. If you like hiking, the Cybi Circular Walk and Anglesey Coastal Path passes South Stack. Remarkable is the fact that the island is closer to Dublin than to the Welsh capital Cardiff, and from nearby Anglesey, ferries operate to Dublin. One single journey can take around a hundred minutes, so you can even go to Dublin for a day trip. Trains to Chester and Bangor are available as well.
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