Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber
A small Welsh hill may at first seem nothing to think twice about, considering the valleys and mountains that wind their way throughout Wales.
But wander closer for a moment, won’t you? Adventure, just a little further.
What you’ll be delighted to discover is this isn't any ordinary mound of earth but in fact the ancient burial chamber of Barclodiad y Gawres, home of our ancient ancestors.
Surrounded by phenomenal views
After parking up, take the short walk along the coastal path and you’ll soon arrive at the burial chamber.
The walk itself is just as much of the experience, however, so be sure to take a leisurely stroll so you can fully immerse yourself in the views surrounding you.
Walking up to the burial site, it feels like you’re approaching the end of the world. The land on all sides slowly begins to disappear, the Irish Sea stretching away to the edge of the horizon.
The coast of Anglesey, stony outcrops, and green pastures curve their way along the sea to your one side; the rising hills and mountains of Snowdonia peek their head above the land on the other.
The burial chamber
It’s quite easy to understand why anyone would want to be buried at Barclodiad y Gawres.
It’s truly one of the most spectacular places you’ll come across.
When you take a break from being awestruck, absorbing all the beauty around you, the burial chamber awaits to be explored.
Translated to English, Barclodiad y Gawres means ‘The Giantess’s Apronful' - a unique name for one truly unique location.
Under the 27-metre-high mound, a seven-metre passageway leads to the central cross-shaped chamber.
Located inside is the stuff to really get your history hat out for.
Intricate patterns carved into rocks signal that this location holds significant history on the early inhabitants of Anglesey.
It's up to you whether you take a stroll over the sands of Porth Trecastell (also known as Cable Bay) before or after your adventure but we'd highly recommend it.
On a warm day, when the winds whipping in off the Irish Sea can’t even cool you down, taking a dip in the cool water is sure to solve that problem.
Pack a picnic before you leave home and enjoy something to eat after you’re done exploring. Or even go and see Lligwy Burial Chamber around a 30-minute drive away on the other side of the island if your history quota hasn’t been met for the day.
Be sure to bring extra layers of clothing through the autumn and winter months.
The Anglesey weather has full rein over Barclodiad y Gawres as it’s exposed on all sides.
The perfect excuse to cosy up with a nice flask of tea when you're back in the car.