Llanddwyn Island Sunset North Wales

Llanddwyn Island

I’ve been to Llanddwyn Island twice now, once in April where I came away with just 2 images after my Nikon D7000 and Benro Tripod got blown over the edge of a small rock face (10ft) which broke my camera.

I say broke, it just about worked in manual mode, luckily so I was still able to get a few images.

However the icing on the cake on that occasion which finished the evening of was the rain coming in from the Irish Sea towards me, I would have preferred to call it “Sideways Rain” as it wasn’t falling vertically but hitting me horizontally!

Twr Mawr Lighthouse, Llanddwyn Island
Twr Mawr Lighthouse, Llanddwyn Island

I did come away feeling that I had accomplished something, I had visited the Island and scouted around for vantage points for a second visit which would happen some 3 weeks later in near perfect conditions and with my new Sony Nex 7!

Sunset on Llanddwyn Island, Wales one evening in May 2013. The island is a magical place with stunning views all round!
Sunset on Llanddwyn Island, Wales one evening in May 2013. The island is a magical place with stunning views all round!

Prior to my first visit I had not done a map appreciation I just decided to go, I recall I finished work early and checked the weather forecast and put the postcode into my Sat Nav and just drove…

I know its not ideal and you should always plan your ventures but I knew it had good public access and amenities I just wasn’t to sure where to go once I got to the car park!

I quickly got my bearings when I arrived and I walked onto the “Blue Flag” beach (which means they are of the highest quality of bathing water, safety and environmental standards) from the Car Park it is a brisk 20 minute walk to the Island.

Once on the island you could spend a few hours exploring it so if you plan on visiting, leave a few hours to explore it.

Llanddwyn Island Map

Llanddwyn Island Map

Twr Mawr Lighthouse

This lighthouse has a lot to answer for, its actually what got me hooked on landscape photography some 18 months ago. I remember it well.

I was looking around the web at Peak District Photographers and came across the well acclaimed and professional  photographer Fran Halsall as I browsed her fabulous gallery I came across her image of Twr Mawr Lighthouse (She has it labeled as Twr Bach Lighthouse, that lighthouse is in fact the smaller of the 2 on the island and is to the left of Twr Mawr)

As soon as I saw that scene I wanted to go there and see it for my self, I wanted to capture that same scene, and that’s how I got into landscape photography! I’m chuffed that I’ve been to Llanddwyn Island, and im sure I will go again as im in Wales for the next 12 months as well.

The stunning Twr Mawr Lighthouse in Anglesey, North Wales
The stunning Twr Mawr Lighthouse in Anglesey, North Wales
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The stunning Twr Mawr Lighthouse at sunset
The stunning Twr Mawr Lighthouse at sunset

I was extremely lucky that evening, I had the whole island to myself, No one to get in my shots and I could explore to my hearts content. I stayed well after sunset looking around and walked back to the car in at dusk.

I’m not sure what time the Car Park shuts but it was past 21:00hrs when I left, getting home for around 22:00hrs I was tired but also excited to process the images. I decided to wait until the next evening to process them when I was not tired.

I couldnt ask for better side light at Tyr Mawr Lighthouse, Llanddwyn Island, Wales
I couldn't ask for better side light at Tyr Mawr Lighthouse, Llanddwyn Island, Wales
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Comments (3)

Hi James,

Nice photos and very good review.
We are planning to visit this place can I have the nearest car park postcode please.

Kind Regards,
Chaitanya

Thanks Chaitanya, Its a remote place so its not really hard to find once you get into Newborough village, its sign posted too just remember to take £3 for the car park admission fee. This link should help you out >> http://goo.gl/YddEq2

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