Holyhead Mountain

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Holyhead Mountain
picture of Holyhead Mountain / Mynydd Twr taken from the town's New Park
Elevation 220 m (720 ft)
Prominence 220 m (720 ft)
Parent peak none - HP Holy Island
Listing Marilyn, council top
Holyhead Mountain is located in Anglesey
Holyhead Mountain
Holyhead Mountain
Anglesey, UK
OS grid SH218829
Coordinates 53°18′47″N 4°40′35″W / 53.31297°N 4.6763°W / 53.31297; -4.6763Coordinates: 53°18′47″N 4°40′35″W / 53.31297°N 4.6763°W / 53.31297; -4.6763
Topo map OS Landranger 114

Holyhead Mountain (Mynydd Twr in Welsh: from (pen)twr, meaning "stack") is the highest hill on Holy Island, Anglesey, and the highest in the county of Anglesey, north Wales. It lies about two miles west of the town of Holyhead, and slopes steeply down to the Irish Sea on two sides. There is a late Roman watchtower, called Caer y Tŵr (Tower Fortress) on the east side of the hill. Holyhead Mountain also has an Iron Age Stone Circle settlement and the material for the Breakwater was quarried from the Mountain too. It is the first sight of land people have when travelling from Dublin to Holyhead.

Holyhead Mountain attracts many visitors, and it is also located close to South Stack lighthouse; many people come to see the variety of birds which nest along the cliff faces near South Stack.

Views from the summit are extensive, especially to the West where the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland can often be seen across the Irish Sea on clear days.

External links[edit]