Rib Rides Diary – AngleseyPublished on 31 Jul 2015 by Gwion Llwyd
After hearing a lot of great reviews on the Rib Ride experience in Anglesey, we went to see what it was all about and it certainly didn’t disappoint… Apart from the obvious thrill of racing down the menai straits at high speed by boat, the trip also includes an insight to a lot of interesting facts about the area; not a dull list of dates, but great stories of the past and all the shenanigans that went on in that neck of the woods.
Having gone under Menai bridge, we entered into the swellies, its a section of the straights where the currents are particularly strong where you’ll see whirlpools – don’t worry, they aren’t going to swallow the boat up, but none the less give you an understanding of why Nelson called the Menai Straits the most treacherous stretch of water in the world. Carrying on under Britannia bridge, we then did a fly by Hangman Island, Church Island and Ynys Gorad Goch where they trap white bait for the local restaurants.
Then onto my favourite part… a trip into a small cave by Plas Newydd (former home to the Marquess of Anglesey). The cave was officially known as the ‘swimming pool’ for the house but connected to a tunnel leading up the house, it was really an elaborate guise for smuggling high taxed goods. When questioned by the authorities on the use of the tunnel and ‘pool’ it was explained to be for the ladies of the house wanting to bathe in private! Out of the cave, we then took a trip down millionaires row; not quite Belle Vue in Newport, Rhode Island, but still, the glass fronted beach properties that go for a cool £2 million are defiantly worth a look at!
In amongst all of the sights is the most beautiful coastline which is breathtaking and the skipper of the boat lets you enjoy the full experience of the rib; lots of speed, spins and fun. The kids in the group were kept entertained by having to spot the lion, myar cat, griffin and Nelson statues dotted around the buildings and we also got up close to some porpoises which was incredible.
So if your looking for a family fun adventure whilst on holiday, this is a must – all ages will love it and at £24 per person, I think it is great value for money too.
Thank you to Will who was our skipper for the hour, it was a really great experience.