Llaneilian, Anglesey, North Wales

Llaneilian is a pretty village close to the stunning cove of Porth Elian, an enchanting sheltered sandy beach, and the start of many beautiful coastal and rural walks.

Historically, Llaneilian is of interest as the 5th Century King of Gwynedd, Caswallon, had his court here, the remains of which can still be seen at Llys Caswallon. St Elian's church is a site of interest due to its unusual pyramid-shaped tower and the wooden carvings of angels and paintings inside. The site of the church was founded by St Eilian. Legend has it that Elian came with his oxen and Caswallon stole the oxen. As a result the king was struck blind by St Elian, who promised to restore his sight in return for as much land as a deer could run whilst being chased. On this parcel of land, St Elian founded his church.

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