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Spectacular views of the breeding seabird colonies from Ellin's Tower with binoculars and telescopes provided (open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, Easter to September; free entry).
The South Stack reserve is very popular with visitors for many reasons. Visitor activity is concentrated around Ellin's Tower and the RSPB Visitor Centre, where the paths are maintained to a higher standard than elsewhere on the reserve.
The heathland areas and their network of paths are open to the public (on foot) at all times. These paths cross a mix of coastal and heathland terrain and some pass close to cliff edges. The route of the Ynys Gybi circular walk and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal footpath are waymarked along with the routes of the public footpaths.
The nature of the terrain makes many of the paths steep and rocky, making access difficult for anyone with impaired mobility. However, a well-surfaced, high-quality 2 m wide track with benches runs from the Ellin's Tower car park (complete with three disabled parking bays) into the heathland and onto a viewpoint in front of Ellin's Tower. Access to Ellin's Tower is via a steep flight of stairs.
The permissive path through the farmland connects the two areas of heathland. This path is open to the public (on foot) at all times (except 10 December each year). Grazing animals are present, so please take care and keep dogs under close control. Access to the Isle of Anglesey Council's 'South Stack Island and the Lighthouse' visitor attraction is via approximately 400 steps of variable rise and tread width down the cliff (not part of the RSPB reserve).
The Visitor Centre, incorporating an RSPB shop and café, is open every day of the year (except Christmas Day). If you haven't popped in yet to sample the fare, do pay us a visit. We offer a warm welcome, freshly-prepared, locally-sourced food and drinks, plenty of indoor and outdoor seating - and, of course, a dazzling view.
The café is open for a range of drinks, snacks and ice creams every day from 10 am with the catering team serving up an additional range of delicious hot food between 10 am and 3 pm every day. And of course, 100 per cent of our profits go directly into conservation, so you can make a huge difference to wildlife too!
Our shop sells a large range of bird food and bird care products. For you, we have books and souvenirs, and a luscious range of RSPB Skinny Dipper pampering treats. Struggling for a gift? We have plenty to choose from, and you can pick up your greetings cards here, too. Our friendly team are on hand to advise you on the optics we sell, from children's binoculars to telescopes. Come and say hello!
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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.