When our invitation arrived for a wedding in Anglesey we decided to take advantage of the offer of a cottage for 3 nights to turn our trip into a mini holiday, so that's exactly what we did at the weekend. On Saturday we loaded up my Smart car and headed off on a little road trip.
As we approached Beaumaris in the car we were blown away by the beauty of everything around us. We felt like we had been transported to a different country. The sun was shining and everything looked so vivid and beautiful. At this point I was glad I had packed my camera!
We arrived at the cottages which had been entirely hired out for wedding guests, said hello to the soon-to-be bride and groom and got settled in our room before heading back out to the courtyard to meet the other guests and get ready for a BBQ and quiz!
More and more guests arrived as the evening went on, with everybody fully enjoying the sunshine, BBQ food and beer. The quiz got started once everyone was suitably stuffed and it was a great way to get to know some of the other guests. The quiz was very "interactive" with paper aeroplane competitions, a 'guess the crisp flavour' round, and blindfolded drawing. We had a great evening, eventually calling it a night at about 11.30pm as the 3 1/2 hour drive was starting to take its toll.
We woke on Sunday to the sun shining yet again which was most welcome as this was a free day for us and we wanted to cram as much as we could into one day.
First of all we drove to the Puffin Island area to see the lighthouse and do some walking. There weren't many other people there when we arrived so it was rather nice to enjoy the peace and quiet, listen to the birds and take in the sights. We walked for about 5 miles in total, stopping every now and then to capture the scenery with our cameras.
After a pit stop at the cafe and a bit of lunch which was waiting for us in the car we drove to the South Stack cliffs for more walking, bird watching and over 1100 steps to walk up and down! The cliffs were stunning and the steps down to the lighthouse, up the lighthouse itself and then back up to the top again were a killer but good fun. At the top of the walk near the visitors centre they had sheep shearing demonstrations where I was rather taken by the tiny little lambs and wanted to smuggle the smallest one home with us.
After all the steps we walked up we were a tad warm and frazzled so we went back to our cottage for a nap and a shower before getting an early tea. Dinner was great; Jonathan got a seafood mixed grill and I got vegetarian sausages with a bean stew. The sausages were made from cheese, leeks and other vegetables and were approximately the size of my head! The best part was, I got two!
We went to bed feeling full, tired and a little achey but thoroughly enjoyed our day of sightseeing. The fact that the sun shone all day was a pretty nice bonus too.
I couldn't possibly fit all of the photos I want to share into one blog post so I'll save photos of our final full day (the wedding!) for another time.