Outdoor Alternative, Cerrig-yr-Adar, Rhoscolyn, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2NQ
Wonderfully situated at the south end of Holy Island, Anglesey, in a 7 acre Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and 300m from a beach. The Centre is an excellent base for so much in the outdoors and is immediately adjacent to the Anglesey Coastal Path – good walking on a varied and accessible coast. All around there are prehistoric remains, spectacular geology, a wide range of habitats and species of marine life and plants, and excellent bird watching opportunities. For kayakers there are classic sea tours, overfalls, playwaves, surf and rockhopping. Climbers have Gogarth nearby and Rhoscolyn offering all grades in an attractive setting. Divers can beach launch for wrecks and fish. The Centre has two self-contained units and camping with toilets and showers. Careful energy use is encouraged, with composting and recycling. Nearby Holyhead has rail links and ferries to Ireland. Walking distance to pub.This accommodation is featured on our map of Snowdonia and North Wales and here is its own website.
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GR SH 278 752. From A5 traffic lights at Y Fali/Valley take B4545 Trearddur. After 2km at Four Mile Bridge fork left at sign to Rhoscolyn 2miles. After 2km sharp left at camping symbols. After 800m fork right at large white gatepost.
Trains at Holyhead (10km) (London direct 4.5 hrs) or Valley (5km). National Express at Valley (6km). Bus 23/25 Holyhead – Rhoscolyn (1km) or 4/44 Holyhead – Four Mile Bridge (3km). Ferry: Holyhead – Dublin or Dun Laoghaire.
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50,000 kWh’s and counting, in energy saved so far.
Outdoor Alternative take sustainable tourism seriously and their banks of solar panels have generated over 45,000 kWh of electricity in the last 6 years, saving more than 30 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere. They also heat the hot water used in the bunkhouses using solar heating panels which contributes a further 5500 kWh to water heating. There is also a composting toilet for campers to save on water usage and plans are underway for an additional solar system to heat water for campers showers in 2017. No wonder they are a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award holder.
What a location!
Outdoor Alternative is a purpose built hostel on the end of Holy Island, Anglesey.
If I were to travel west from my home in Derbyshire, through North Wales; and carry on west across the Menai Strait to Anglesey; further west to Holy Island and on towards the sea, I might arrive at Outdoor Alternative. Purpose built with sustainability in the forefront of their minds.
I’d also be following the colonial push of the Roman Empire, who drove the druids back and further back to their last redoubt on Anglesey – those druids too, knew a thing or too about respecting nature. (Brace yourself for a laboured joke) I’m not saying you’d have to make many sacrifices to stay here though, as ‘All mod-cons’ and ‘Eco’ live comfortably side by side here. Fully heated, with constant hot water, hot meals and cosy beds, spotless and airy – the centre is exactly what you’d expect from a modern, well equipped hostel. They are rightly proud of their tally of green tourism awards.
But what a location! Right on the coast, with all that implies. Its only a short wander to the beach and the cliffs and the walks along them. The sea here is a kayaker’s dream. There’s also climbing, diving, the list goes on.
If you’ve been charmed by the TV antics of puffins and all the other Green Planet creatures you’ll want to keep your eyes open. You’re in an AONB brimming with a whole range of habitats. Perfect territory for the wildlife lover.
GTBS Gold Award holder and Trip Advisor Platinum holder
Outdoor Alternative is an Eco self catering accommodation centre tucked away in Rhoscolyn on the Anglesey Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Outdoor Alternative has some great green credentials. The accommodation is powered by renewable energy and solar thermal is used for the showers. The whole ethos of the accommodation has a focus on sustainability, recycling and conservation. Come for a visit to the Anglesey Coast and see for yourself.