Resident royalty Wills and Kate may have added a little sparkle to the island of Anglesey in North Wales, but this pocket of Snowdonia has long been considered the jewel in the crown of Wales’ outdoor adventure scene.
The beautiful, natural surroundings of Snowdonia makes camping seem like the obvious accommodation option but if you don’t fancy the prospect of a windswept tangle with tent pegs and ground sheets, compromise and opt for a ready-built yurt.
No longer the preserve of Mongolian nomads or indeed the fashionable festival set, yurts provide a luxury, comfortable alternative to traditional camping in Wales.
Anglesey is home to several purpose-built yurt and tipee sites. Our yurt on the well-appointed Anglesey Outdoors site came fully furnished with proper pine beds, a gas cooker and grill, cosy wood-burning stove and polished timber flooring.
Bonus extras included a wardrobe and a small bouquet of cut flowers. However, the best feature by far was the transparent ceiling that gave way to morning sunlight and twinkling night-time stars.
Snowdonia is teeming with National Trust attractions and places of interest. For a taste of how the other half lives take a day trip to the elegant Plas Newydd Estate and Gardens. This sprawling country pile has a history that dates all the way back to the 15th century but the gothic design we see today is attributed to Henry Bayly, the 9th Baron Paget and first Earl of Uxbridge.
South Stack makes for another easy drive from Anglesey, especially if you’d like to get to know the area’s feathered friends a little better.
Normally, seabird colonies are hidden away from view, but at South Stack, you can watch the a live bird show from Ellin’s Tower, the RSPB Seabird Centre, which is located on the edge of the cliff, right in front of the nesting, squawking birds.
You can usually see different types of birds nesting in the cracks of these cliffs as you make your way down but if you’re lucky enough to visit from the end of April to early June, you’re likely to spot puffins on the rock. Later on in summer, guillimots and shearwaters take their place.
Tempted to go camping in style in Wales?
Anglesey Outdoor Centre