Beautiful South Stack at Holyhead
Photo : Tim Snow

south stack holyhead - ynys lawd

South Stack is situated on the North Western side of Anglesey, South Stack or Ynys Lawd as it is also known, is an Island just around the corner from Holyhead, which is on Holy Island which is joined to the Isle of Anglesey.

It is not just South Stack Lighthouse that makes this very beautiful area famous, but the cliffs around South Stack are also famous for around 4,000 nesting guillemot’s, puffins, choughs and razor bills to name but a few birds which habit the surrounding cliffs.

South stack lighthouse on Ynys Lawd

South Stack Lighthouse

The first lighthouse at South Stack was built in 1809 and cost £12,000.

The lamp in the lighthouse has been changed many times over the years, but in 1938 the lamp in the lighthouse was electrified.

The island of South Stack is a very important landmark for ships sailing to and from Liverpool, and as an aid to navigation.

On 12th September, 1984 South Stack Lighthouse was automated and the last of the lighthouse keepers were retired from there.

The lighthouse is now controlled from the Trinity House Control Centre in Harwich, Essex.

Tickets can be purchased from the RSPB shop at South Stack or from the lighthouse. Any enquiries can be made on 01407 762100 (RSPB Shop at South Stack)

Razorbills on cliffs at South Stack

Bird Watching - RSPB South Stack

This stunning area of Anglesey is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

RSPB South Stack will give you an amazing experience, you will be able to see the birds nesting on the cliffs through telescopes and an even closer view via live television provided by the latest high quality cameras positioned on the cliffs near to the nesting birds.

During the Spring and Summer months the local area becomes a carpet of magical colour when the heather flowers, if you look out to sea you may see a pod of dolphins, a common sight around many parts of Anglesey.

RSPB South Stack is free to enter, but any donations are gratefully received! There is a visitor centre, shop and café which serves an excellent choice of food and refreshments, which are open from 10am to 5pm daily except Christmas day.

Elin’s tower, which is the Seabird centre, where you can see these beautiful birds is open from Easter to September from 10am to 5pm.

The Postcode for South Stack is LL65 1YH