A fine place to feel the touch of God, Mother Nature or Yoda

What's going for it? Well, 'tis the season and all that. Not sure if Jesus himself made it across the Channel, let alone the Menai Strait, let alone Four Mile Bridge. Though his representative did – sixth-century Celtic monk-cum-king, St Cybi, having preached the gospel hither and thither, built a monastery in the Roman fortress at Holyhead. The attraction's obvious, even through the veneer of today's gloomy times. Ynys Gybi's capital town could do with some fortune from above, but past the city limits the island's genius loci shimmers. This is a fine place to feel the touch of God, Mother Nature or Yoda (a Jedi church opened in Holyhead a few years back). The UK dwindles into the sea in grand style with dramatic cliffs craggier than Clint Eastwood, and a show of lush fields, sparkling, sandy bays and farms hunkered down against the wind. No wonder the island is studded with standing stones and wells, such as St Gwenfaen's, its peaceful walls enclosing a spring that never runs dry: a bit coals to Newcastle in damp old north Wales.

The case against Triple glazing required: those storms can whistle round your chops.

Well connected? The end of the line, with Dublin closer than Cardiff. Trains: to Bangor every hour or half-hour (25-40 minutes); ditto to Chester (90). The upgraded A55 dual carriageway gets you to Bangor in 35 minutes, Chester in 100.

Schools Primaries: many good, says Estyn, with Gynradd Kingsland and Gymraeg Morswyn "good" with some "outstanding" features. The secondary Holyhead High was "unsatisfactory" as of February's report, with some good features.

Hang out at... The Harbourfront Bistro does lovely fish; for art plus lunch, tea or cakes, the marvellous Ucheldre kitchen.

Where to buy Trearddur Bay is delightful, if a bit holiday home-y. Rhoscolyn also has white sandy beaches and cottages with south-facing views. But explore the rest of the island for remote farm buildings, and old chapels. In Holyhead, north towards the mountain, around Porth-y-felin, there are some lovely Victorians; Walthew Avenue etc, and off South Stack Road.

Market values Huge detacheds, £400,000-£650,000. Detacheds and town houses, £180,000-£400,000. Semis, £100,000-£200,000. Terraces and cottages, £70,000-£180,000.

Bargain of the week Stunning farm, with a three-bed farmhouse, plus barns etc, and 50 acres of land including coastline; needs renovation, £675,000, with Jackson-Stops & Staff.

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From the streets

Bethan Roberts "The Rocky Coast and Newry Beach in Holyhead are beautiful, with views of Holyhead mountain beyond, and great for walking the dogs. And the beaches are lovely, particularly out of season. But there's not a great deal to do."

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