GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

South Stack Lighthouse

1 miles (1 km)

Visit this spectacularly positioned lighthouse and the wonderful South Stack Cliffs RSPB nature reserve on this walk in Holyhead, Anglesey.
The walk starts from the car park a short distance from the lighthouse. You then descend 400 steps on to the island. It's a short but wonderful path with craggy cliffs and wonderful coastal views to enjoy as you descend. On a clear day you can see to the Isle of Man and the mountains of Ireland.
After climbing back up the steps you can explore the South Stack Cliffs nature reserve on more splendid coastal paths. The reserve consists of heathland with wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife. Look out for coastal birds including Chough, Guillemot and Puffins. You may also see porpoises in the water below.
Please note that although this is a short walk the climb back up the steps is quite challenging so you need to be in reasonable shape!
To extend your walk you can easily pick up the Anglesey Coast Path and follow it along South Stack Road to Penrhosfeilw. In the other direction you will find Holyhead Mountain and Breakwater Country Park. Here you can enjoy a nature trail and wonderful views of the Irish Sea and the Skerries.
The google street view link below will give you a great panoramic view of the area from the car park.


LL65 1YH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

South Stack Lighthouse OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

South Stack Lighthouse Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Near to the car park you will find the interesting Ty Mawr Hut Circles. Also known asCytiau'r Gwyddelodor theIrishmen's Huts, they are the remains of a group of prehistoric hutsand one of the best-preserved hut groups in Wales. The settlement is to the southeast of theSouth Stack Lighthouse, on the opposite side of the road from the small car park provided by theRoyal Society for the Protection of Birds. It's well worth a visit if you have time after visiting the lighthouse.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


South Stack - - 321956

South Stack

Cliffs to the north of South Stack - - 468935

Dramatic cliffs to the north of South Stack. Looking north-east towards the point at North Stack.

South Stack Lighthouse - - 10540

Situated on an island off Anglesey this lighthouse was constructed in 1809. It is now open to members of the public for an admission fee but access is down a steep stone stairway with over 400 steps and then over a bridge.

South Stack lighthouse - - 1496082

At the bottom of the 400 steps down you reach a bridge across to South Stack

Ty Mawr hut group - - 871040

Ty Mawr hut group - located close to South Stack car parl. A general view of part of this 4000 year old settlement that has about twenty dry-stone-built huts and associated field systems. The mountains of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula can be seen in the distance.

Ty Mawr, Southstack. - - 114127

A view towards Ty Mawr, Southstack, from the hut circles site. The chimney in the distance is that of Anglesey Aluminium, a major employer in the area.


GPS Files

GPX File

South Stack Lighthouse.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

South Stack Lighthouse.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)