Stones Journeys: Anglesey Area Stone Sites

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Beginning at the Port of Holyhead, Anglesey's largest town, and ending in the town of Beaumaris, this one day journey visits four of the many well-known stone sites on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales: the Holyhead Mountain Ancient Settlement, Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber, Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber and Henge, and the Din Lligwy Hut Group.

Sites to be Visited

Holyhead Mountain Ancient Settlement
Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber
Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber and Henge
Din Lligwy Hut Group

Journey to the Anglesey Area Stone Sites

Please note: Before beginning this journey. a little advance work is required, as one of the sites, the Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber, has restricted access. According to CADW, the burial chamber can be visited by appointment every Saturday & Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays between 12noon and 4pm from 1 April until 31 October. Visitors should call into the nearby Wayside Stores in Llanfaelog (01407 810153), one mile north of the chamber, and they will be accompanied to the chamber by a member of staff. Lastly, until Covid-19 is no longer a threat, there is no access as of January 2021.

Starting at the Port of Holyhead and ending in the town of Beaumaris, the four sites listed here may be visited in one day as the entire route is only 56.9 miles (91.6km).

Our first site on this journey is the Holyhead Mountain Ancient Settlement (also called the Ty Mawr Hut Circles) that is spread out over 20 acres on the slopes of the mountain and is the remains of an ancient farming community. The site is 3.6 miles (5.5km) from the Port of Holyhead and is located at SH212820. Park at the lot across from the start of the trail to the hut circles.
Detailed Driving Directions Map

Our second site to visit is the Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber, a 2500 B.C. Neolithic cruciform passage grave, notably featuring many decorated stones in the chamber's walls and roof. The suite is 16.3 miles (26.2km) from the Holyhead Mountain hut circles and is located at NGR SH32907074. Park in the lot off the A4080 near the start of the trail to the burial chamber, an easy 10 minute walk. Note: If you have not made previous arrangements to view the inside of the chamber, it may always be viewed externally throughout the year.
Detailed Driving Directions Map.

Our next site, Bryn Celli Ddu started as a late Neolithic henge or ritual enclosure with a stone circle surrounded by a bank and internal ditch. A later passage grave was built inside the ditch. The site is 16.1 miles (25.8km) away from our last site and is located at NGR SH50757017. There is parking area across from the start of the trail to the site. Access to the inner chamber is always available.
Detailed Driving Directions Map.

Our final site on this journey is the Din Lligwy Hut Group, a fortified hut group complex of stone houses within a stone enclosure, The site is 14.1 miles (23.1km) away from the previous site, located at SH497861. From the large parking space, park and take the easy path through the trees to the site.
Detailed Driving Directions Map.

Finally, head back south to get to the town of Beaumaris, 13.2 miles (21.3km) away and the end of this journey.
Detailed Driving Directions Map

Addendum: The above are only four of the many stones sites on Anglesey. Below are four notable others that you may wish to visit as you travel between Holyhead and Beaumaris:
Trefignath Burial Chamber
Bodowyr Burial Chamber
Presaddfed Burial Chambers
Lligwy Burial Chamber

Visitors Information

Visitors information on Anglesey stone sites may be found at the Prehistoric Monuments of Anglesey website. General tourist information may be found at the Visit Anglesey website.


As of the date of this posting, road directions and conditions are correct. Please check local road conditions, however, for possible changes prior to venturing forth on this journey. A helpful resource for road changes and possible trip interruptions if you are travelling in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland is the AA-UK Route Planner. Another map source that this website uses and that may be useful to you on your journeys is Streemap UK.

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