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Holyhead mountain Hut Circles, Holyhead

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Holyhead Mountain is the highest hill on Holy Island, Anglesey, and the highest in the county of Anglesey, north Wales. It lies about two miles west of the town of Holyhead, and slopes steeply down to the Irish Sea on two sides. Ireland can be seen from here on a clear day and the hill is an important site for seabirds.The hillHolyhead Mountain is located on Holy Island, Anglesey, jutting out into the Irish Sea. At, it is the highest mountain in the county of Anglesey, being higher than Bodafon Mountain on the main island. On the east side of the hill is the site of a late Roman watchtower called Caer y Tŵr (Tower Fortress), from which Holyhead Mountain's Welsh name is derived. Holyhead Mountain also has an Iron Age stone circle settlement near its foot. This shows evidence of being occupied in the middle part of the Stone Age, the Neolithic Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. There are traces of field systems and the bases of dry-stone walls of twenty huts, and there are a number of standing stones in the vicinity.The summit of the mountain is rocky and the slopes clad in heather. The material for the breakwater at the port of Hollyhead was quarried from the mountain, with seven million tons of limestone being removed from its quarries to form the longest breakwater in Britain, at nearly one and a half miles long. On the mountain are also the remains of a brickworks, which closed in 1973. Specialist bricks produced here were also used in construction of the breakwater.
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  • A substantial group of hut circles from the Iron Age period, well-presented - the low walls excavated down to the original ground level, so giving a sense of the enclosed house, without the expense of...  more »
  • We are not sure who is responsible for this but the site is well presented and maintained, the area remains accessible but un spoilt. Wonderful views and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  more »
  • The hut circles are a short walk from RSPB South Stack and South Stack lighthouse. There is a small sign directing you through a gate in the dry stone wall where you will see a tourist notice board gi...  more »

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