Aberlleiniog castle tower and walls
Photo : Tim Snow

aberlleiniog castle - penmon

Aberlleiniog Castle is a beautiful little Motte and Bailey castle that has been carefully restored. Hidden in a beautiful woodland which is also a nature reserve, close to the villages of Llangoed and Penmon which are situated on the south eastern corner of Anglesey.

Aberlleiniog castle walls

The best way to get to Aberlleiniog Castle is to park at the car park at Lleiniog, which is right next to the stony end of Lleiniog beach, a large map is also on display to show information on how to get to the castle and the approximate walking times between various points.

The car park has some amazing views across the Menai Straits and over towards Snowdonia, there are also picnic tables here to enjoy your lunch.

The remains of this amazing little castle at Aberlleiniog have been carefully and professionally repaired and restored with the help of several Archaeological bodies including CADW and the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust.

The history of this castle at Aberlleiniog goes back to the latter part of the 11th century probably around the time of 1088. The Norman forces which were invading at that time.

The walls at Aberlleiniog castle are in excellent condition

Castell Aberlleiniog is a Motte and Bailey castle close to the Anglesey villages of Llangoed and Penmon.

Probably built between 1080 and 1099 not to far from the shores of the Menai Straits which is also opposite the Norman castle at Abergwyngregyn on the mainland.

This fortress was probably built by Hugh d’Avranches, who was the 1st Earl of Chester, when he conquered Gwynedd in 1088.

It is believed that there was an inlet from the Menai Strait where small ships where able to sail nearer to Aberlleiniog Castle.

Path to Aberlleiniog castle through trees

Stunning woodland walk to castle

The walk from Lleiniog car park is a flat one and once through the kissing gates after a short while the walk during summer is an absolutely stunning one through a wooded area.

The air is alive with the sound of bird song, and the floor is carpeted with Bluebells and most of the walk is through an ancient woodland.

If you walk to the castle from the car park by the sea shore, as you walk through the styles you will have the road on your left with woods running parallel to it. The field that you walk through used to be the lagoon, where the ships used to sail through to the castle.