Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones

Penrhos Feilw with Holyhead Mountain behind

The Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones are a pair of standing stones on Holy Island west of Anglesey in north-west Wales. They are thought to date from the Bronze Age but their origins and purpose are unclear. They are about 3 m (10 ft) high and are a similar distance apart.


The stones are located behind the farmhouse of Plas Meilw, some 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest of Holyhead and a similar distance south of Holyhead Mountain. Little is known about the history of the stones. They are believed to be between 3,500 and 4,000 years old and are a Scheduled ancient monument. The exposed part of each stone is about 3 m (10 ft) high and 1 m (3 ft) broad at the base, but only about 20 cm (8 in) thick. They are situated about 3 m (10 ft) apart on an open grassy place above Porth Dafarch between two low hills. They are aligned along their long axes in a northeasterly/southwesterly direction, with a fine view of the coast and towards Holyhead Mountain. There are theories that they may have formed part of a stone circle, however there is no evidence to support this. It is also said that there was previously a stone cist between them, but again this story lacks supporting evidence. There may be some significance to the fact that they are located just 100 m (328 ft) from the Plas Meilw hut circle but their presence here is "quite enigmatic".


The stones are in the care of Cadw; the site is open to the public throughout the year, except around Christmas and the New Year, free of charge. Access is through a kissing gate and across a grassy field, and there is a pull-in by the roadside, large enough for a single car.

53°17′45″N 4°39′42″W / 53.2957°N 4.6618°W / 53.2957; -4.6618

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