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Information board at Ty Mawr Hut CirclesTy Mawr Hut Circles are to be found in fields close to South Stack near to Holyhead on Holy Island, Anglesey. (Also known as the Cytau'r Gwyddelod, or Irish Huts, although there is no evidence of Irish occupation.)
The remains consist of 10 large round dwellings interspersed with smaller buildings that are partly below ground. Some of the huts are over 20 ft, 7 metre in diameter with thick low walls.

There is archaeological evidence that the site was occupied from the Middle Stone Age, Neolithic Age, and Bronze Age, but the visible stone buildings were occupied from the Iron Age through to the 6th Century AD. The land was worked during the Roman  period as evidenced by the finding of Roman coins during excavations in the 19th Century.

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There are several other sites of interest on Holy Island, all within just a few miles of the Hut Circles. The closest is the South Stack Lighthouse and RSPB Reserve literally just across the road. Within a mile or so you will find the Penrhos-feilw Standing Stones, a pair of 10 ft high stones from the 2nd millennium BC.

One of the Ty Mawr Hut CirclesAnother mile or so south west and you come across Porth Dafarch a picturesque beach with evidence of early settlements in the fields nearby. Continue on past Trearddur Bay and you come to Rhoscolyn where, with a bit of effort, you will find the Holy Well of St Gwenfaen.
And a short trip into the town of Holyhead rewards you with the ancient Church of St Cybi, close to, and overlooking, Holyhead harbour.


Map opens in a new windowDirections : [ Map of Ty Mawr Hut Circles location ]

From the Menai Bridge continue on the A55 toward Holyhead. Leave A55 at Junction 3 to Valley. Take B4545 to Trearddur Bay, take coast road west past Porth Dafarch to South Stack. Park in the RSPB Reserve car park. The Ty Mawr Hut Circles are in the fields opposite.


 

Click the pictures below to see enlarged images of the Ty Mawr Hut Circles at South Stack, Holyhead, North Wales. © All pictures and text copyright Bernard Wellings

Cytau'r Gwyddelod, or Irish Huts at Ty mawr Smaller rectangular buildings at South Stack
The remains at Ty mawr are also known as the "Cytau'r Gwyddelod", or Irish Huts
 
Smaller rectangular buildings at South Stack were probably workshops and roofed with large single slabs of stone
The site was occupied from the Stone Age through the Iron Age to the 6th Century AD   Prehistoric remains on Anglesey
The site was occupied from the Stone Age through the Iron Age to the 6th Century AD
 
The fields on Holy Island, Anglesey are dotted with prehistoric remains
Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones with Holyhead Mountain in the background Capel Garmon Burial Chamber
The Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones are nearby
 
Capel Garmon Burial Chamber is further afield above the town of Betws-y-Coed

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