Greetings Fellow Adventurers!
Today we continued our walk between Conwy and Caernarfon, and logged up a pretty respectable double digit mileage.
One of the things we noticed along the way was a large island to one side of Anglesey.
Puffin island or Ynys Seiriol in Welsh, is an uninhabited private island of about 69 acres and was formerly known as Priestholm in English and Ynys Lannog in Welsh. A hermitage was established there in the 6th century and there are remains of a 12th-century monastery as well.
It seems to have quite an interesting history, a bit of which ties into our Castle Quest in a small way. Apparently Llywelyn the Great, grandfather of the ap Gruffudd brothers (as regularly mentioned in my wife’s blog) issued two charters in 1221 and 1237 giving the island and its estate to the Catholic Church in Anglesey.
The remains of Saint Seiriol are also said to be buried there.
It would appear that the island is closed to the public, but there are regular boat trips out there to see the wildlife. Personally I think it would be great to sneak onto it and see the abbey – a fair bit of which is said to remain intact. Seeing the bird life close up would also be wonderful obviously, however they’re probably best left in peace.
There is also a lovely little lighthouse the other side of the bay from the island – which might be worth a look when we get on to Anglesey.
The island is also a Special Protection Area for wildlife with a large variety of Seabirds nesting there – including over 750 pairs of Great Cormorants, or 10% of the UK’s breading pairs.
These aren’t from the island, but they were lovely to see none the less.
Seems to be a fascinating place – If only I could remember what its name is!
Until tomorrow my Friends!