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Llyn Maelog

A site of special scientific interest (SSSI), the 59 acre Llyn Maelog (Lake of Maelog – a 6th Century pre-congregational saint of Wales) has served many purposes over the centuries. While it has always been popular with anglers, the 18th century saw it used for ship building – including an 11 tonne sloop Old Fisher – and a channel was cut between its western shore and the sea to transport newly constructed vessels. The lake even supplied water to the village of Rhosneigr until 1968.

In 2011, Llyn Maelog became the first lake to be classified as a ‘village green’ (an area held in common within a village or other settlement), while its SSSI status is the result of the areas importance to a huge range of wildlife. While the areas around the lake are home to dozens of bird species – including oystercatchers, pochards, plovers and greylag geese – its also home to several game fish including bream, perch and pike (with the record for pike currently standing at more than 25 lbs).

Visitors will find a public footpath that circles the lake (except the southern shore), allowing for some incredible sight seeing and wildlife walks, while fans of SUP are welcome to take their board out on the lake.

marigold blooming in the herbal medicinal garden. Orange flowers are used for tea infusion, skin care and to die fabrics.

Where is it?

Lyn Maelog can be reached by exiting the North Wales Expressway at Junction 5 and following the A4080 through Llanfaelog and continue until you see the lake on the right hand side. There is rough, roadside parking available on the right-hand-side of the road (opposite The Oystercatcher), where you’ll also see the footpath that will take you around the lake.

We’ve used The Oystercatcher as the map pin for the lake as it’s the nearest address – almost directly opposite the parking area and footpath.

A sign pointing people to the direction of the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path in North Wales, UK

Opening times

Llyn Maelog is accessible year round.
However, some bird species are only visible at certain times of the year, though there are local enthusiast sites such as Anglesey Bird News that reports on sightings throughout the island.

A stoat (Mustela erminea) popping its head out of a hollow log

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