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We’re keen bloggers here at Silver Bay Holiday Village and we love nothing more than giving our luxury lodge owners and friends an insight into life at our holiday resort on Anglesey. With our weekly blog, we like to update you on key topics that make us and our lodge owners tick. From things to do to the best restaurants to visit (including The Deck House, of course!) you’ll have plenty of reading material to help you plan your next Anglesey break.

We also post about upcoming events on site including everything from beauty events to annual parties, so if you want to keep ahead of the game and make sure you get tickets, keep checking back!

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Anglesey is a beautiful island to tour. From exploring our Celtic Druid roots to the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia, there’s something for every type of traveller.

If you’d like to take a trip during your next visit then why not browse our tour ideas below? We’ve gathered five of the best, so whether you’re looking for a walking tour or an all-out adventure – there’ll be something on the list for you!

 

  1. Celtic Druids

Run by private tour provider Celticos, the Celtic Druids tour of Anglesey is a delight for explorers. Beginning by the Menai Straits coastline, which itself has many interesting Celtic points, the tour will take you on a whirlwind of a journey over to the Northern shore and then back around again – and you’ll be spoilt for choice of things to look at along the way!

Anglesey is known as The Mother of Wales, and the island is actually one of the last places that the Celts managed to retain ownership of before the Romans occupied Wales.

Druidism is the religion of the Celts and the Celtic history of Anglesey is rife – which means you’ll learn plenty on this tour! To enquire about the activity during your stay on Anglesey, visit the website here. There is an enquiry form to fill in to find out more about pricing. We also have a juicy blog right here about Anglesey’s Druid past if you’re interested in this time period on our island.

 

  1. Prehistoric Anglesey

Not only are there Celtic remains on Anglesey, but there are also many prehistoric delights to uncover on the island too.

Record of homo sapiens first establishing themselves on Anglesey date back to 7000 BC, and behind them they have left plenty of relics and ruins for us to explore. There are Neolithic, which is the age when writing and the beginning of urban civilisation, burial chambers and also Romano-British Hut Groups according to the Megalithic Anglesey tour website, and the tour they provide of this era lasts 1 day, costing £20 per person.

To find out more take a look at their official website. They can accommodate up to 14 people, so whether you have a big group or a small group, it’s the perfect trip into the past that you’ll never forget.

 

  1. Anglesey Adventures

If you’re an adventurer at heart and live for the rush of adrenaline, you won’t go wrong with the Anglesey Adventures tours.

These tours aren’t your average walking tours, oh no! Anglesey Adventures feature an array of blood-pumping activities including coasteering, rock climbing, mountaineering, gorge scrambling, kayaking and abseiling – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Located in Holyhead, the tour provider/adventure planner will ensure you and your fellow adventurers have a memorable exploration of our beautiful coastline. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert at any of the activities, you’ll be able to find a tour suitable for you over on the Anglesey Adventures website.

These tours are open to everyone aged 8 years upwards, and it’s always best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Another great thing about these providers is that you’ll also be able to swap to another activity, or rebook, if the weather isn’t suitable on the day.

 

  1. Snowdonia Adventures

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If you’ve been to Anglesey before then you’ve probably noticed the magnificent Snowdonia mountains that rest right on our doorstep – and you’d be sorely missing out if you didn’t choose to explore them!

With Snowdonia Adventures you can hike, scramble, climb and learn about this magnificent area of natural beauty close to Anglesey. y Tours are available in both summer and winter, and the operator has been in action since 2000, meaning 18 experienced years of learning to navigate the mountains and perfecting their tour style.

There are more adventurous tours available including canoeing, canyoning, coasteering and gorse scrambling if you’re looking for even more excitement during your day trip, and the sessions are open to those with lots of experience or none at all.

Please note that there are cancellation costs should you be unable to make your trip.

 

  1. Naturebites Private Tour

Anglesey is home to some wonderful wildlife. From dolphins to puffins to badgers – it’s a fantastic place to visit if you’re seeking to learn about local wildlife on your visit.

Naturebites Private Tours focus on finding the most interesting on Anglesey – and they also take great pride in supporting wildlife conservations on the island, as do we at Silver Bay.

Every tour has a specialist subject, and with Naturebites, birdlife is their key expertise. So if you’re a bird fan looking for an introduction to our two-legged friends on Anglesey, this tour provider is  ideal for you. You can also see some magnificent plants and mammals along the way, too.

To find out more, visit their website. Their online calendar will help you find the best date for you and your holiday party.

Like this? Take a look at the blogs below:

Anglesey Weather – Exploring The Beautiful Seasons On Our Island

Feel The Love! 10 Romantic Activities on Anglesey For You and That Special Someone

The Deck House: Inspiration Behind Our Menu

 

Make Anglesey ‘Home’ – Lodges For Sale On Anglesey

Once you’ve explored the island and want to call Anglesey ‘home’, here at Silver Bay we’re renowned for providing the ultimate base for holidaymakers to Anglesey on our luxury lodge resort. If you’d love to own your very own holiday property on Anglesey then why not get in touch today? We also have a free eBrochure for you to view online.

 


19/Feb/2018
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Of all the ancient Celtic civilisations that wandered the shores of Britain, none has attracted as much curiosity and speculation as the Druids.

From the infamous Roman invasion, to medieval folklore, and gruesome tales of human sacrifice, the Druids have imprinted themselves on the contemporary imagination. And we certainly know a thing or two about them at Silver Bay too.

With this in mind, here are a few fascinating tales from Anglesey’s ancient past. Hopefully it will inspire you to venture into the great outdoors and visit our beautiful historic sites.

1. Julius Caesar knew about Anglesey

The oldest written account about Anglesey comes from Julius Caesar in Gallic Wars. Known as Mona, he said the following about Anglesey:

“In the middle of this voyage, is an island, which is called Mona: many smaller islands besides are supposed to lie [there], of which islands some have written that at the time of the winter solstice it is night there for thirty consecutive days. We, in our inquiries about that matter, ascertained nothing, except that, by accurate measurements with water, we perceived the nights to be shorter there than on the continent.” (Book 5, Chapter 13)

Caesar also had one or two extra things to say about the Druids… but more on that soon.

2. Anglesey was also famous amongst Rome’s most elite historians

Nearly 100 years later, Pliny the Elder – a contemporary of Emperor Augustus – mentioned Anglesey in his study of the contemporary of Roman world, Natural Histories (Book IV, Chapter 30).

Unfortunately, Pliny didn’t know very much about Anglesey other than where it was (he was writing from Italy, after all). But that doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive.

On another note, by his calculations, he believed that Britain was 800 miles long and 300 miles wide – which is amazingly accurate for its time.

 

3. Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy wrote about Anglesey in 150 CE

But that wasn’t the last time stories about Anglesey spread throughout the empire. Egyptian astronomer and mathematician, Ptolemy, wrote a Guide to Geography during his time studying at the famous Library of Alexandria in 150 CE.

When discussing the geography of the British Isles, he mentioned Mona as one of the most prominent islands on Britain’s west coast (Book II, Chapter I).

One of the greatest account of the Druids, however, had a much more gruesome undertone.

4. There was a great battle between Anglesey’s Druids and the Romans in 60 CE

Ancient Roman historian, Tacitus, wrote a detailed account about a major battle between the inhabitants of Anglesey and the Roman army in 60 CE, led by General Suetonius Paulinus.

He tells the story that Anglesey already had a ‘considerable population’ – made up largely of war-torn refugees – and was easy to attack because of its shallow water. So the Romans devised a clever plan to reach the island. The army constructed a flotilla of boats with flat bottoms that allowed cavalry and infantry to quickly step foot on Anglesey. Other soldiers then swam alongside their horses.

Once the Romans arrived, unfortunately, Tacitus says the army destroyed the Druids’ religious shrines. He describes the Druids as menacing looking, with ‘deathly black hair’ and having greeted the invaders by ‘lifting their hands to heaven and showering imprecations’ (Book XIV, Chapter 30).

5. Many scholars believe the Druids practiced human sacrifice

With all the excitement of being able to finally translate these Greek and Roman texts in the Renaissance period, rumours and stories started to spread about the Druids once again.

One of the most popular stories of the time was that Druids once practiced human sacrifice. Citing the ‘blood-stained’ Druid altars on Anglesey, an alternate history quickly emerged – with tales of ancient sites only ever being found in isolated woodlands near satanic altars.

To this day, there is very little concrete evidence to decide whether or not human sacrifice was a key component of everyday Druid life. But one of the most iconic stories comes from Julius Caesar, who stated that Druids would burn their victims in an oversized wooden effigy. This story is better known today as the Wickerman legend.

6. There is speculation that the name ‘Mon’ has magical meaning

Despite its Roman origins, some scholars believe that ‘Mon’ refers to the Druid goddess, Modron, who was associated as being the Mother of Wales.

As legends goes, Modron also personified the fertility of Anglesey and became increasingly important during the island’s Neolithic and Iron Age periods. This has led to suggestions that the Romans destroyed Anglesey’s sacred shines in fear of Modron’s divine feminine power.

7. 18th-century poets believed they were ancestors of the great ancient Druidic tradition

In Wales during the 18th-century, there was a tradition that the rights and privileges of bards wasn’t just elite entitlement. It was law. And it stretched back to a Druidic tradition that been established by King Hywel Dda some 800 years before.

As a result, 18th-century Welsh poets believed that Druids were their cultural ancestors in terms of music, literature, and sophisticated artworks.

It might not hold true today, but it is certainly a lovely story.

 

Anglesey’s Druid history

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The Druids have helped shape Anglesey in thousands of different ways, from our world-class archaeological sites to the picturesque walks that define our island.

At Silver Bay, we have a passion for all things related to our historic and cultural past – so we would love to know your favourite Anglesey stories too.

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