Windswept walks: Anglesey beaches with pubs

We think autumn and winter are quite possibly the best seasons to visit a beach on Anglesey. If you love peace, quiet and sweeping vistas, we think you’ll agree. Bar the odd dog walker, the beaches are often deserted at this time of year so you can fully appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the rugged Anglesey coastline without the crowds.

There are plenty of scenic walks along the coastline – many on the Wales Coastal Path – or you can stay on the beach and explore the rockpools and caves found on many beaches.

Remember, after 30 September, dog restrictions are lifted on all North Wales beaches too – so your four legged friends can enjoy the freedom as much as you!

We think there’s no better end to a winter’s day at the beach than a visit to a cosy pub for a pint or a well-earned bite to eat. Here are four of our favourite Anglesey beaches – all with pubs on or near the shoreline.

Aberffraw Bay

Aberffraw is an unspoilt sandy beach that’s just far away from everything to ensure it never gets too busy! It’s backed by extensive sand dunes, which have been classified as a Special Area of Conservation.

Head through the dunes to the little village and you will find the Crown. Set in the village square and visible from the beach car park, it’s a welcoming little pub at the heart of the community.

The beer garden has some incredible views across Caernarfon Bay towards the Snowdonia mountain range. It’s a real gem with a cosy and friendly atmosphere but be sure to book a table if you’re planning to eat – it gets full pretty quick!

Trearddur Bay

Trearddur Bay is an award-winning sandy beach which attracts everyone from families to fishermen, and windsurfers to jet-skiers. It’s the perfect spot for a day out, especially if you combine it with a drink or a meal from the Seacroft.

Whatever you’ve been doing on the beach, you’re welcome at this five star pub and restaurant; they’ve been awarded a ‘walker friendly’ rating as well, so you don’t have to worry about muddy or sandy boots!

Rhoscolyn

Soft sand and an abundance of rock pools makes Rhoscolyn a brilliant beach for active families. If you fancy something a bit less sandy underfoot, go for a ramble along the coastal path.

Once you’ve had your fill of the beautiful Anglesey coastline, head over to the White Eagle. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spotted here more than once when they lived on Anglesey… well, if it’s good enough for royalty!

Enjoy a meal or a drinks on the terrace (weather permitting) or stay indoors and watch the squally Irish Sea through the panoramic floor-to-ceiling gable wall.

Cemaes Bay

This pretty village is home to not one, but two harbours and beaches. You can fish, try watersports or simply enjoy the golden sandy beaches before heading into the village for a drink or meal at the Harbour Hotel.

Take in uninterrupted views of the bay as you enjoy a meal cooked using locally-sourced ingredients or one of a large selection of cask ales, beers and spirits. They also served freshly brewed coffee – perfect if you need to warm-up after a windswept walk on the beach!