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“Amazing views”

South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve
Ranked #3 of 33 things to do in Holyhead
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: In a spectacular location, overlooking the Irish Sea RSPB South Stack Cliffs is a heathland paradise just waiting to be explored. Wind your way along the dramatic trails and take in the expansive views across Anglesey to Snowdonia and across the Irish Sea to the Llyn peninsula. There are great views of the iconic South Stack Lighthouse from Ellin's Tower. The heathland and sea cliffs are home to all sorts of wildlife. In spring and summer, marvel at the spectacular wildflower carpet covering the clifftops and seek out the rare spathulate fleawort, which grows nowhere else on earth! Carefully and quietly explore the edges of the heather and you might see lizards or even an adder. Visit Ellin's Tower for great views of the seabird city in spring and its puffins, guillemots and razorbills. Try to spot porpoise, dolphins and seals out to sea. Then you can browse in our shop, relax in the visitor centre and enjoy fresh food in our café. We welcome dogs on the reserve. They are allowed in Ellin's Tower, the shop and the entrance to the Visitor Centre but not in the café. Between July and November our flock of hebridean sheep will be grazing on Holyhead Mountain, please ensure dogs are kept under control around livestock. The Visitor Centre is open all year round except Christmas Day 10am - 5pm. Ellin's Tower is open from Easter to the end of September.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 27 November 2013

We drive out to South Stack and were amazed at the stunning views even for this time of year. Great to find the RSPB shop open with cafe and toilets. Great walk round the headland although very rocky.
A must for all those who enjoy fab scenery

Thank MarkWoodward172
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

For anyone visiting Northwest Anglesey this is not to be missed. Park by the RSPB cafe and walk along a narrow,sandy path to Ellin's Tower. From here the view is spectacular. The RSPB staff are on hand to show visitors anything particularly interesting and there are binoculars positioned for use. The best part of all is the camera action from Puffin nests on the cliffs around the tower, where it's possible to view on the TV screens in the tower all the action from within. Nothing so cute as a baby Puffin!!
The cafe is lovely with a wide choice of teas and coffees, plus all kinds of meals. There's also a little RSPB shop there too for those who can't resist retail therapy.
It's a wonderful place to go to on a summer's evening, even when the cafe and tower have closed for the day. Take a blanket to sit on and a flask of tea. Listen to the shrieks of the seabirds nesting on the cliffs and take in the stunning view.
A short walk down the road takes you to the hut circles, the remains of an Iron Age settlement.
Totally amazing.

Thank holyheadlady
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

The Lighthouse was closed on the day that we went due to bad weather but you could still see it from the cliffs above. It is on my list of things to do when I return to Anglesey! We went for a walk along the cliffs and headed towards the North Stack. The scenery was beautiful, the routes were well mapped and signposted and there was lots to see. I am not a bird watcher but it seemed a very popular location for twitchers!

Thank Victoria H
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Having driven up the west side of the Island and being not impressed it was good to stop here and get the wind in your hair and walk along the gorse covered cliffs watching the seabirds, the crashing waves on the rugged rocks and the vast expanse of the Atlantic stretched out before you.
After a refreshing bit of exercise you can sit in the cafe which serves a good range of food and drink considering its on the edge of the country. - and for twitchers there is the added bonus of seeing Choughs on the hillside opposite - we'll worth the drive through boring countryside.

Thank tartancustard
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

The staff were helpful and informative. The parking was easy, free and catered well for the disabled. The cafe was good and reasonably priced.

Thank Aunty M
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