From Holyhead Marina, we follow the north Anglesey coast towards Porth Swtan/Church Bay past small rocky islands and along the craggy coastline. Nearing Carmel Head, we turn north west to reach the Skerries, a unique group of rocky islands with Trinity House lighthouse, built in 1716, on the highest point. In Welsh the islands are known as Ynysoedd y Moelrhoniaid, which means ‘the islands of the bald-headed grey seals’.
This Important Bird Area and SSSI has a very large Arctic Tern population (over 2,000 pairs), Common Terns and a smaller Roseate Tern population; it is also home to Puffins and Kittiwakes. This uninhabited group of islands has a distinctive cliff and maritime grassland environment.
We then begin the adventurous nine-mile open-sea crossing to return to Holyhead.