South Stack RSPB on the western coast of Holy Island. Home to the huge colonies of nesting sea birds that call it home. From the breakwater at Holyhead round to South Stack the cliffs rise from the sea. Vertical in places and upto 60 metres in height.
A haven for birds, moreover is has regular visits by marine animals. Dolphins and Harbour porpoise can be seen when in search of food and passing through the area. Seals also frequent the area too, there are a few that inhabit the area near North Stack. In July 2018 two Orcas from a pod in the Hebrides visited the area, Minke Whales can also be seen but sightings are rare.
The cliffs are home to nesting birds in the spring, these included Puffins, Giullemots and Razorbills. Chough’s which are now quite rare call South Stack there home year round. Literally the cliffs are covered in nesting birds, the noise they make gives you an idea of how many breed here. There are some great spots to see or take pictures from, it is a gentle walk down to the viewing point and not too difficult to get back up as the path is well maintained. It also has great views over the lighthouse of South Stack.
Near the viewing area is Ellin’s Tower. Built between 1820 and 1840 by the Stanleys of Penrhos as a summer house. It is now an information centre for the RSPB, it has great views around the area with a camera on the cliff nests veiwable inside.. There is also free use of binoculars too which the kids (and adults) may enjoy. Occasionally you make catch a glimpse of a passing Basking Shark which are the 2nd largest of the shark species. This is generally in the warmer months of May to September.
The area is managed by the RSPB who look out for the nesting birds. There is a great new cafe and visitor centre which also has toilets. The cake selection looks amazing with good portions too. Seating areas outside let you soak in the view and sunshine (weather permitting) while you eat, drink and relax. You have sea views for miles around with the hills of the Llyn Peninsula in the distance.
Parking is by pay and display but not expensive, it is able to take coach parties too. If you like bird watching or stunning scenery, South Stack RSPB without a doubt should be on your list to visit.
You can find South Stack RSBP at RSPB Visitor centre, Holyhead LL65 1YH