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“Brilliant birding”

South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve
Ranked #4 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 2 June 2014

Visited last Saturday, first to the RSPB viewing area where we spoke to the ranger who was very helpful and informative especially in directing us to the best spot to see the peregrine nest. Then we spent a great 4 hours just wandering along the cliff edge and down the steps to the lighthouse. We saw puffins (2), choughs, razorbills, guillemots, various gulls, gannets. Out to sea there were seal and dolphins swimming around the headland that the lighthouse is on. Then afterwards it was off to the cafe up by the car park for excellent tea, coffee and cakes. A really brilliant day.
We stayed at the Seacroft Hotel, Trearddur Bay just 15 minutes down the road which I would also recommend

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

of the South Stack, the ocean, the South Stack Lighthouse (very picturesque), and cliffs filled with sea birds, including puffins!

Thank David R
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

A planned visit to see the nesting Birds. Great to see a Nesting Peregrine Falcon feeding her chick. Also very pleased to see a small number of Puffins amongst hundreds of Gannets & Gulls
Excellent coastal Paths and a very good onsite café. Views out to sea are stunning well worth a visit.

Thank Oatcake2009
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

As a bird watching person and a really true trekking/walking guy, I can only mention that it was an absolute pleasure to visit this RSPB Reserve. Beautiful views and really good paths all around the cliffs makes an unforgettable emotions once visited.

Thank Mariusz J
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Spectacular coastline and cliffs; excellent visitor centre and cafe with helpful staff; interesting inland walks, including to an iron age farm settlement. However, the birds are the stars. If you visit at the moment you'll have a great view of a peregrine falcon on a cliff face nest. It's almost as if the location was chosen for the benefit of spectators. The lighthouse is also worth a visit, but it's quite a descent (safe) to get to it,

Thank hillglyn
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