Wandering where the maps end

Ahhhh, Holyhead… One of those places where you truly feel like you are at the edge of the world. One of those places where the it’s easy to toss the maps and just go on a walkabout.

Holyhead, located on the Island of Anglesey and Irish Sea, is the jumping off point for Ireland. For nearly 4000 years people have been making the journey from the Welsh outpost to Ireland and vice-versa. The town is the largest town on the Isle of Anglesey with a population of around 11,000. It’s a mere hour from Bewts-y-Coed that I featured previously in my post about Snowdonia. Holyhead is a cute little town located on the Irish sea. It has been continuously occupied for over 1000 years. 1000 years ago, Welsh inhabitants built the town center around St. Cybi’s Church. It remain one of Europe’s few three-walled fort cities. The Irish Sea makes up the fourth wall– it used to come up to the fort. There are only three remaining three walled cities in all of Europe.

St Cybi’s Church

The Vikings (not the Minnesota ones) sacked St. Cybi in the 10th century. Henry IV’s army damaged it again in the 15th century in an argument with a Welsh prince. And Oliver Cromwell’s army destroyed the interior in the 17th century. Despite all this most of the church remains intact.

Holyhead Mountain

If you’ve ever been to or seen the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, then you might have an idea of what Holyhead Mountain is. It is not, as I originally thought, a mountain with subtle gains of elevation. It is, however, a giant rock formation surround by water.

rock climbing
This is most definitely NOT me. But it was kinda cool to see someone rock climbing on this gorgeous July day

If rock climbing is your groove, this is the place for you. We all know that rock climbing would be an excellent way for me to hurt myself. But I do think it’s an awesome sport.

where the maps end
On the island where the lighthouse is located. You can see a few of the 400 steps that lead to it
The beautiful and wild Irish Sea at the edge of the world…
Rocks delicately balancing on each other in the shape of a person… I cannot claim this; it was already there when I made my way down to the oh-so rocky beach.

Shout out to Maroon 5’s Maps for the inspiration for this post’s title

One Reply to “Wandering where the maps end”

  1. Sounds amazing. I was in Ireland and missed my chance to go to Wales. I regret I didn’t fit it into my trip, but there was just too much to see and do in a week-and-a-half.

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