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M o u n t a i n s a n d C o a s t
Eryri | Snowdonia



We have 200 miles of coastline (a
huge chunk of the new Wales Coast
Path), over 150 attractions and places
to visit, and so many ways of enjoying
our Great Outdoors on land and
water that were known as the UKs
activity capital.
So lets say that theres a lot of ground
to cover. Well give you an idea of
things to do and places to visit on
the following pages. Theres no hard
sell weve focused on bringing you
the facts. Find out about world-class
castles and Blue Flag beaches, Blaenau
Ffestiniogs new downhill mountain
biking trails and Europes longest zip
wire ride, cultural attractions and
cuisine based on tasty, farm-fresh
local produce.
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Snowdonia Mountains and Coast area.
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M o u n t a i n s a n d C o a s t
Snowdonia |
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(* see Splitting Snowdonia
into six below)
Porth Oer/
Whistling Sands
Porth Iago
Morfa Bychan
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(* see Splitting Snowdonia
into six below)
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Tourist Information Centres for local information
on places to visit, events, travel and accommodation
To help pinpoint the part of
Snowdonia Mountains and Coast
youre interested in weve split it into
six areas. In Around and About
(pages 3445) we describe each area
separately. This is followed by the
Accommodation Listing (pages
4671), presented as follows:
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In the listings, each area has been
colour coded and each advertisement
has a grid reference which locates it
on the map on page 74. The pullout
section at the back of this publication
will assist you with your selection
Caravan and camping
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2 Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 2013
Join the 3,000 Club. We have 14
(or possibly 15 mountain accountants
cant agree) peaks over 3,000ft. You might
have heard of some. Triangular Tryfan,
a famous landmark in the Ogwen Valley
and part of the Y Glyderau stretch from
Mynydd Llandegai to Capel Curig, offers
some of the best scrambling and views
in Britain. Other dominant features include
Y Carneddau, which encompasses the
largest continuous area of high ground over
2,500ft in Wales and England.
2,000 and counting. Weve given up
counting the peaks above 2,000ft. There
are just too many Cader Idris in the south,
for example, rears up from the shores of the
beautiful Mawddach Estuary, only running
out of steam at 2,927ft. The Moelwynion
range (2,527ft) flanking the Vale of
Ffestiniog and the Arans (2,970ft) above the
lake of Llyn Tegid are big and bold too. But if
you want to explore the last true wilderness
in Southern Britain then head west to the
remote, road-less Rhinogydd plateau, its
2,475ft summit lost amongst the rocks
and heather.
Six of the best. The six official routes
up Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon all offer sensational
walking. Theyre all around the same length
(about eight miles there and back) so take
your pick from the Llanberis Path, Miners
Path, Pyg Track, Watkin Path, Rhyd Ddu Path
and Snowdon Ranger. The six-hour there-
and-back Llanberis Path is the most gradual.
Its no pushover, mind. Youll climb 3,200ft.
See our website for full details.
The high life is guaranteed. Snowdonias National Park is one of the
biggest in Britain. Its certainly the loftiest, with Snowdon Yr Wyddfa
in Welsh capping it all at 3,560ft, the highest you can go in Wales and
England. The Park covers a whopping 823 square miles from the north
coast all the way down to the Dyf Estuary near Machynlleth. Thats more
or less all of North-west Wales with a huge chunk of Mid Wales thrown
in. We arent fnished yet, for bordering the Park are the peaceful heather
moors, forests and lakes of Hiraethog, the Hills of Great Longing.
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Room at the top. Hafod Eryri is the
stunning visitor centre on the summit of
Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon, constructed of local
oak and granite with a glass window on
the world. Clear-day views are suitably
sensational. When its misty, cheer yourself
up with a nice cup of tea and a welshcake.
Whats cooking in Devils
Kitchen? Find out by walking up into
the dark, glacial landscapes of Cwm Idwal.
A three-mile there-and-back path takes you
from the shores of Llyn Ogwen to
Llyn Idwal, a mountain lake shaded by the
crags of Twll Ddu (Black Hole), otherwise
known as Devils Kitchen. For light relief
look out for the delicate Snowdon lily,
a rare arctic-alpine plant.
Snowdon Sherpa bus service.
Go the green way and ditch the car. The
hop-on, hop-off Snowdon Sherpa bus
service runs on a properly joined-up
network tailor-made for walkers
and sightseers.
Train trails. Heres another green idea.
Catch the scenic Cambrian Coast line from
Machynlleth to Pwllheli. Get off at one of
the many Cambrian Trailways along the
way. These self-guided linear walks take in
spectacular coastal and mountain scenery
the hills between Aberdyfi and Tywyn, for
example, or across the lovely Mawddach
Estuary on the footpath thats part of the
famous railway bridge from Fairbourne to
Abermaw (the Welsh name for Barmouth).
All details on the Cambrian Lines website,
plus information on Seaside Strolls,
beaches, pubs, attractions and golf.
The largest, naturally. Balas 4-
mile Llyn Tegid is the largest natural lake in
Wales. The best way to see it? It has to be
a trip along the south shore on the steam-
powered narrow-gauge Bala Lake Railway.
We have many other lakes, natural and
man-made the secretive waters of Llyn
Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant, for example,
hidden from view in the Gwydyr Forest
above Llanrwst.
Enjoy Snowdonia apps.
Maps and information
on walking, activities
and attractions help
you get the most out
of your visit. While
youre at it take a look
at the Snowdonia/
Eryri e-magazine. And
find out more about
the great range of courses at the Plas Tan
y Bwlch Snowdonia National Park Study
Centre, Maentwrog.
Stay safe. Mountains are great to look
at but they can be dangerous places.
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4 Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 2013
First impressions. One of our most
scenic resorts, perched on the edge of
the Mawddach Estuary where mountains
tumble into the sea. The huge, sandy beach
and sheltered harbour are busy with families
and watersports fans.
On the beach. Theres all the space you
need for family beach games. Crab fishing
from the harbour wall is another favourite.
All amenities car parks, shops, cafs, etc
are close to the beach.
Did you know? The National Trust was
born here yes, honestly. Dinas Oleu, the
headland above the harbour, was the first
piece of land to be acquired by the Trust in
1895. From little acorns
Anything else? For yet more sand catch
the ferry and narrow-gauge railway across
to Fairbourne.
First impressions. Its fashionable,
its trendy. Its great for watersports and
people-watching. Abersoch is a modern
resort, a winning combination of beach
and buzzy village centre with shops selling
traditional seaside wares, funky fashion
and outdoor gear, and over 10 restaurants.
It rides a wave of popularity that came
with the renaissance of British seaside
holidays and its also a thriving sailing and
watersports centre.
On the beach. Young families like the
spacious sands, shallow gradient and great
views. Powered craft cant use part of the
The mountains have to end somewhere in our case, along almost
200 miles of seashore. Wooded estuaries and big beaches, wild
western cliffs and sheltered harbours, sandy resorts and secluded
bays theyre all here, on a coastline that, from north to south,
begins at one spectacular estuary (Conwy) and ends at another
(Dyf). In between youll fnd the sheltered waters of the Menai
Strait, the lovely Lly n Peninsula (an Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty) and mountain-backed Cardigan Bay.
Thats the big picture. To give you a fuller, more intense favour here
are sandy snapshots from just three of the many places to stay.
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beach, providing a relatively safe area
for bathers.
Did you know? Wakestock, Europes
largest wakeboard music festival, is held
here each summer. Its also got a famous
landowner, Bear Grylls, who bought
St Tudwals Island West.
Anything else?
The challenging surfing beach of Porth
Neigwl is just a few miles away. Its
alternative name, Hells Mouth, says it all.
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Flying the Blue Flag.
Europes highest beach accolade
has been given to the following beaches:
Aberdaron, Abersoch, Barmouth/Abermaw,
Dinas Dinlle (near Caernarfon), Pwllheli
Marian-y-De and Tywyn. Two marinas
also fly the Blue Flag Hafan Pwllheli
and Victoria Dock, Caernarfon.
Green Coast. These awards
are aimed more at undeveloped
beaches which still have the
highest quality. Recent designations include
Bennar/Llanenddwyn (near Talybont),
Conwy Morfa, Fairbourne, Harlech,
Llandanwg and Porth Neigwl
(near Abersoch).
Seaside Award. Given to well-
managed beaches with excellent
standards of cleanliness and water quality
including: Aberdaron, Aberdyfi, Abersoch,
Barmouth/Abermaw, Bennar, Cricieth
Traeth y Marine, Cricieth Traeth y
Promenad, Dinas Dinlle (near Caernarfon),
Fairbourne, Harlech, Llandanwg,
Llanfairfechan, Penmaenmawr, Pwllheli
Marian-y-De and Tywyn.
Beauty and the beach. There are
beautiful beaches all along our coast.
Heres a brief run-down of some, from
north to south:
Penmaenmawr long, sandy and
gently sloping beach popular with
families and sailors
Llanfairfechan another long sandy
beach at this small, family-friendly
seaside resort
Dinas Dinlle, near Caernarfon vast
beach with vast views, good for walking,
windsurfing and power kiting
Porth Oer, near Aberdaron perhaps
better known as Whistling Sands. The
granules really do squeak underfoot
Aberdaron furthest point west, an ideal
base for exploring the Llyn Coastal Path
Pwllheli South Beach (Marian-y-De)
south facing, sandy and almost three miles
long, backed by dunes
Morfa Bychan (Black Rock Sands)
spacious beach popular with families and
watersports enthusiasts
Harlech make sandcastles on the big
beach in the shadow of the real thing,
medieval Harlech Castle, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site
Shell Island, Llanbedr sand, dunes and,
of course, shells
Tywyn big, west-facing sandy beach
and promenade with spectacular views
Aberdyfi gorgeous beach in a gorgeous
setting on the mouth of the Dyfi Estuary
Slip sliding away. For information
on slipways, boat launching and marinas
contact the Gwynedd Maritime Unit on
01758 704066. For harbours and
maritime information in the Conwy area
call 01492 596253.
Walking your dog on our beaches.
There are over 35 beaches along our 200
miles of coastline, which includes the Llyn
Peninsula and Cambrian Coast. Dogs are
allowed access to walk along the majority
of them. Sections of certain beaches have
Dog Exclusion Zones to manage
their use and keep them clean
and safe. For the latest
information please contact
Tourist Information Centres
(see back cover).
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First impressions. North Llyns most
popular spot, with beautiful beaches and
a traditional taste of the seaside. The
community, a stronghold of the Welsh
language, comes in three parts. The villages
of Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn more or less
merge. Beyond, theres Porthdinllaen, a
coastal hamlet owned and managed by the
National Trust.
On the beach. Two miles of sandy
beach link the three places, strung out on a
pair of horseshoe curves. Porthdinllaen, in
particular, is a gem, its perfect crescent of
sand sheltered by a protective headland.
Did you know? Things might have
been oh so different if 19th-century central
government plans had gone ahead to make
this a major Irish Sea port. Instead, they
chose Holyhead by one vote.
Anything else? Learn Welsh and more
about our culture and traditions at Nant
Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language and Heritage
Centre. Play golf at the famous 27-hole
Nefyn course (linked to the coast path) and
pay a quick visit to the Ty Coch Inn on
the beach.
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Hwyl whats that all about?
Good question. Such words are a window
into the world of the Welsh language and
the deep-rooted spirit of Wales. Welsh words
often refer to an intangible quality of passion
and sense of belonging that arent easy to
translate. But in a word they can sum
up Welshness. Hwyl, for example, can mean
mood, emotional fervour, fun, good luck,
goodbye or even the sail of a ship. Welsh
is an everyday language in these parts. Its
part of the fabric we even have our own
different regional accents just like they do in
Birmingham, Manchester and the South.
Ein Treftadaeth, Our Heritage.
Spring 2013 sees the opening of a new
exhibition at Oriel Pendeitsh a stones throw
from Caernarfon Castle. Its a snapshot of
the history of Caernarfon, a town shaped by
Roman, medieval and maritime influences.
It also marks the start of Ein Treftadaeth,
an initiative which will see the launch of
other exhibitions and events throughout the
area in the next few years, encompassing
everything from prehistory to the coming
of the Romans, pilgrims trails to the Princes
of Gwynedd, spiritual landscapes to the
slate industry.
Princes of Gwynedd. The mighty
castles thrown up by English King Edward
I are just part of our story. Discover more
about the native Princes of Gwynedd at a
major new flagship exhibition in Conwy
Tourist Information Centre, featuring
animated and explorer maps, interactive
displays, Welsh poetry and music. There
are also hub exhibitions at Betws y Coed
TIC and Cricieth Castle, plus a planned
exhibition for Beddgelert TIC.
Bryn on Bardsey. Such is the power
of Snowdonias landscapes that everyone,
locals and visitors alike, can tune in. Heres
what local hero Bryn Terfel thinks of Ynys
Enlli/Bardsey Island off the tip of Llyn:
(Its) an extraordinary island tiny, but
truly magical, a place of contemplation.
They say 20,000 saints are buried
here, which Im sure is true, because,
my goodness, Ive never known such
spirituality As we arrived, a choir of seals
sang us into the bay.
Celtic cross,
Ynys Enlli/
Bardsey Island
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Its what makes us different. Country and coast are peppered with
a special mix of historic sites World Heritage fortresses and slate
quarries, Celtic shrines and cultural centres. There are inspirational
landscapes too, and a living Welsh language youll hear and see
everywhere. All these things have made North Wales what it is today
a unique part of the United Kingdom. Its an identity we like to share with
everyone, through words, music and new initiatives like Ein Treftadaeth
(Our Heritage) which is bringing the past to life in many different ways.
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The National Trust cares for mansions
and historic houses large and small for
example, Bangors neo-baronial Penrhyn
Castle and humble Ty Mawr Wybrnant,
Penmachno, home of Bishop William Morgan,
who first translated the Bible into Welsh.
Words and music. This lyrical
language of ours is music to the ears. For
more Celtic melodies and the chance to
take part in interactive exhibitions go to
Ty Siamas, Dolgellau, the National Centre for
Folk Music. And for the written word theres
Ty Newydd, the National Writers Centre for
Wales, at Llanystumdwy.
People and places. Fiery politician
Lloyd George who became Prime
Minister had a peaceful upbringing in the
village of Llanystumdwy visit the museum
there dedicated to the charismatic Welsh
Wizard. The unique fantasy village of
Portmeirion, where Italy meets North Wales,
was the vision of one man architect Sir
Clough Williams-Ellis. Go there and be
amazed. Kate Roberts (18911985) is one
of Waless most celebrated writers. Discover
more about her life and work at the heritage
centre in her childhood home, Caer Gors,
A guided walk through history.
Experienced local guide Emrys Llewelyn will
help you discover the history of Caernarfon
and its people from medieval times to the
present day, visiting some of the towns unseen
For guided walks and tours to castles and
historic nooks and crannies covering the entire
area go to
Slate and stone. The North Wales
slate industry tells a compelling story so
much so that it has been nominated for
UNESCO World Heritage status. The story is
told at industrial heritage sites like Chwarel
Hn Llanfair Slate Caverns (Llanfair), Corris
Mine, Inigo Jones Slateworks (Penygroes),
Llechwedd Slate Caverns (Blaenau
Ffestiniog) and the National Slate Museum
(Llanberis). Stone crops up everywhere too,
in castles and ancient Celtic settlements
like Trer Ceiri on the rock-strewn summit
of Llyns Yr Eifl mountains. Castles are
something of a local speciality. Mighty
Caernarfon, Harlech and Conwy three
UNESCO World Heritage Sites are links in
the medieval iron chain built by Edward I.
National Museums of Wales.
Llanberiss National Slate Museum brings to
life an industry that once roofed the world.
This is no ordinary museum. Its the actual
19th-century workshops, looking as if the
workers have just clocked off for the day.
Theres also a row of quarrymens cottages
and giant waterwheel. Little wonder that its
a focal point for the slate industrys bid for
World Heritage status.
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Cadw meaning to keep or to protect
is the Welsh Governments historic
environment service, responsible for the
care of many historic sites such as Plas
Mawr, Conwy, and major castles. Download
the latest version of its app from the Apple
or Google store.
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8 Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 2013
Taste and Talent.
The Gwynedd Taste and
Talent Awards recognise
the people behind the food,
drink, arts and crafts scene in Gwynedd,
from farmer to brewer, potter to painter.
Here are some of the latest winners. For
more details go to
Craft Worker/Artists of the Year: Helen
Sutcliffe, Eleanors Attic, Llanelltyd
Food/Drink Producer of the Year and High
Percentage Content of Local Products of
the Year: T J Roberts & Son, Bala
Local Produce Eatery of the Year:
Fron Goch Garden Centre Restaurant,
2013 Good Food Guide.
Snowdonia is again well
represented in the latest
edition of this foodie bible.
Heres a taster, based on the
main recommendations.
Abersoch: Porth Tocyn Hotel.
Abersochs long-standing smart option,
but remains relaxing and notably child-
friendlythe welcome is genuine and
reflected in the care lavished on details such
as good homemade bread.
Caernarfon (Llandwrog): Rhiwafallen.
There is much to be said for the glorious
sea views and Robs sharply tuned cooking.
Dinner is the main event in this amicable
You wont have far to go for farm- and sea-fresh produce in these parts.
Or for local stores and shops selling arts and crafts, fashion and fabrics
inspired by their Snowdonia surroundings. Our food is slow. And it hasnt
travelled miles to get here. Believe us, youll taste the difference. Our
brand is local and individual and all the better for it. But if youre a
shopaholic dont worry we have all the well-known designer and high
street brands too.
Conwy: Dawsons at the Castle Hotel.
Fresh ingredients lay a secure foundation
for the food, with plenty of local produce.
Cricieth: Tir a Mr. Comforting local
food The name translates as land and sea
an epithet that sums up (the) location and
the scope of its menu.
Dolgellau: Bwyty Mawddach. A
beautiful farm barn conversion (that) relies
on excellent local ingredients to fuel a menu
of modern classics.
Dolgellau: Dylanwad Da. Relaxed all-day
caf-bar-bistro, Dolgellaus focal point for
25 years. A busy place, serving everything
from daytime soups and tapas to three-
course meals.
Harlech: Castle Cottage. From the
canaps in the bar, through the chefs
appetiser (maybe seafood bisque),
to almond and raspberry tart, dinner
is an accomplished affair. Dishes are
Penmaenpool, near Dolgellau:
Penmaenuchaf Hall. Oak-panelled
opulence at this stylish country house
hotel. The kitchen produces a well-wrought
version of modern British cooking.
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Blas or Ardal
There are lots of individual spaces too like
the IARD craft workshops at Parc Glynllifon,
Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, and the
Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, are two
of Waless leading art galleries. Gwynedd
Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor, stages
varied exhibitions of painting, photography
and sculpture.
Bodnants big news. The 6.5-million
Bodnant Welsh Food Centre near Bodnant
Garden in the Vale of Conwy is now open.
The only one of its kind in Wales, its a must-
visit for foodies. Located in a beautifully
renovated farm complex, its a food shop,
tea room, restaurant, bakery, butchery
and cookery school all rolled into one. The
new National Beekeeping Centre Wales is
also based here. Ask about their plans for a
bee-friendly garden at Ty Hyll (better known
perhaps as the Ugly House), Betws y Coed.
The True Taste/Gwir
Flas. True Taste promotes
the very best food and drink
that Wales has to offer. Its all about quality
and natural taste real food that tastes
how it was meant to, food that isnt fast and
deserves to be savoured.
The people have chosen. Winner
of the Best Butcher category in the 2012
True Taste Peoples Choice Food Awards is
Edwards of Conwy.
Ill drink to that. A vineyard in
Snowdonia? Yes, at Pant Du, Dyffryn Nantlle,
which produces red, sparkling and ros wine
plus cider and apple juice. Porthmadog is
home to the Purple Moose Brewery, winner of
a barrelful of awards for its great local beer.
Market days.
Barmouth/Abermaw: Thursday
and Sunday (summer only). Blaenau
Ffestiniog: Tuesday. Caernarfon:
Saturday (all year) and Monday (May
September). Llanrwst: Tuesday.
Porthmadog: Friday. Pwllheli: Wednesday.
Tywyn: Monday (summer only).
Look, its local.
Local produce
markets are held at:
Porthmadog: Last
Saturday of every month (9.30am2pm) at
Y Ganolfan, Harbour.
Ogwen: Second Saturday of
every month (10am2pm)
at Llys Dafydd, Bethesda and
Jerusalem Chapel, Bethesda
Market forces. Shop locally. Meet the
people. Buy fresh from the field. Check out
the provenance. Its all on a plate at our
farmers markets, farm shops, food festivals
and fairs. For more on real food from real
people go to or
contact our Tourist Information Centres
(see back page).
Pwllheli: Plas Bodegroes. A landmark
hotel in the dutiful hands of Chris and
Gunna Chown (Chris) applies impeccable
technique and years of experience to
thoughtfully sourced produce.
Talsarnau: Maes-y-Neuadd Hotel.
The Good Food Guide was impressed with
the five-course dinner and the historic
mansions vegetables, fruits and herbs from
the walled garden.
Shopping hot spots. Caernarfons
historic town centre and contemporary
Doc Fictoria waterfront offer a healthy
mix of shops. Bangor also serves up stylish
contemporary shopping at the Menai
Centre. Betws y Coed has many speciality
shops you wont find a better choice of
outdoor gear and crafts.
Art and craft, galleries and
workshops. Creative Gwynedd is your
one-stop shop for all arts-related news
plus a comprehensive directory or arts
associations, centres and individuals
( For details
of the Helfa Gelf Arts Trail to studios and
workshops throughout North Wales go to
Creativity is in our DNA. Snowdonias
scenery has always inspired creative
activity. Artists, sculptors, metalworkers and
potters display their work in galleries large
and small. There are mills at Bryncir (near
Porthmadog), Trefriw and Dinas Mawddwy.
Corris Craft Centre is an entire village made
up of individual craft workshops. Youll also
come across more intimate centres like
Aber Uchaf, Abersoch, where four creative
skills photography, jewellery, wildwood
furniture making and watercolour painting
come together in converted farm buildings.
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What goes round. Lets start with
cycling. Right now, its in pole position
thanks to the golden success of our
Olympics cycling team and Bradley
Wigginss victory in the Tour de France.
Everyone seems to have caught the cycling
bug, from families to Wiggins-wannabes.
And theyre all getting on their bikes and
heading our way, along with fans of serious
cycling endurance events and triathlons
Its not just our hills and mountains that
appeal. We have all kinds of cycle routes
for all kinds of cyclists seriously steep
challenges and gentle off-road recreational
cruises, long-distance trails and wheely
short trips along the coast. Then theres
our show-stopping scenery, traffic-light
(sometimes completely traffic-free)
highways, byways and cyclepaths, and
cyclist-friendly hotels and guest houses
where you can park your bike for the night.
And for those who prefer knobbly tyres and
muddy mayhem to Tarmac theres world-
class mountain biking in our forests and big,
bad rocky mountains.
Were Waless undisputed activity capital, crammed full of all kinds of
outdoor activities like cycling, climbing, horse riding, golfng, canyoning,
birdwatching, caving and watersports you get the picture.
Cycle Breaks Centres. Dolgellau
and the Llyn Peninsula are two of Waless
dedicated locations. Take your pick from
over 10 signposted low-traffic routes
specially chosen for their access to some
of the very best cycling challenges in our
rural landscapes.
Family-friendly off-road
routes. For six tailor-made family-
friendly cycling experiences download
Gwynedd Recreational Routes from the
Cycling section of our website. Youll find
descriptions of over 30 miles of scenic and
traffic-free (or traffic-light) routes along
old railway lines and beside the Menai
Strait and the lake of Llyn Padarn, Llanberis.
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Big trails in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Theyve certainly been busy in the former
slate capital of Blaenau Ffestiniog, where
off-road cycling enthusiasts are already
raving about the brand-new Antur Stiniog
mountain biking centre in an old slate
quarry. The super-fast flowing trails have
rollers, jumps, drops and rock features as
well as some of the best berms around.
More off-road gold. Most of
our other forests have also caught the
mountain-biking bug. For more sensational
singletracks go to Beddgelert, Dyfi, Gwydyr
and Penmachno. And for purists who prefer
natural terrain theres off-road gold on the
grassy tracks, rocky trails and ancient paths
that lattice our hills and mountains, like the
Lake and a Bit rolling cross-country trails
across Mynydd Hiraethog from Llyn Brenig.
A taster. Ln Las Ogwen will give you
a taste of our Recreational Routes. Its a
wonderful 10-mile cycle ride from Bangor
up to the mountain lake of Llyn Ogwen,
following the valley of Afon Cegin (for a
gentle option go for just the first four miles
to Tregarth). For much of the way it runs
along a disused railway track that carried
slate down to Porth Penrhyn. Theres much
historic interest en route, from Penrhyn
Castle constructed from the wealth of the
slate industry to Penrhyn Quarry itself, the
worlds largest. You can also walk this route,
and sections are suitable for wheelchairs.
Mountain biking bulletin. Coed
y Brenin near Dolgellau is the largest
dedicated trail centre in the UK, with
around 90 miles of routes, some epic,
others easy. Macho bikers will go for the
24-mile Beast of Brenin (graded black
in skiing terms), though casual riders will
prefer the mellow, five-mile Yr Afon green
trail. The new MinoTaur Trail for young
children and riders with disabilities is now
open, with more trails to come. This new
development comes within the Centres of
Excellence project funded by the Welsh
Government, designed to create more
world-class facilities for outdoor and
adventure activities. Prysor Angling (at Llyn
Trawsfynydd) and Gwersyll yr Urdd
Glan-llyn (near Bala) are also part of the
project along with new biking trails in
Llechwedd, Blaenau Ffestiniog (for the latest
news go to
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Up, up and away. The big news
for 2013 is the opening of Tree Top
Adventures new Zip World high-adrenaline
attraction, based at Penrhyn Quarry,
Bethesda. It involves Europes longest zip-
wire ride (its over a mile!), with a guided
tour taking in the local heritage thrown in
for good measure.
You can also climb trees at activity centres.
Head for the heights at Tree Top Adventure
(Betws y Coed), Ropes and Ladders
(Llanberis), Ropeworks (Pwllheli), Go Ape!
at Coed y Brenin Forest Park or Gwersyll
yr Urdd Glan-llyn and Get Wet Adventure
Company (both near Bala).
Crazy climbing. The Beacon Climbing
Centre has moved with the times quite
literally. It has relocated to a huge modern
building in Caernarfon, reinforcing its
reputation as one of the UKs finest
indoor climbing centres. It also boasts a
worlds first the wacky challenge of the
CrazyClimb. The aptly named Rock at
Harlech is a new climbing wall with over
50 routes, easy and tough, plus a separate
bouldering area.
Saddle up. Horse riders and pony
trekkers have an inspiring choice of
bridlepaths and routes that take them
along wooded vales and beaches and up
into our glorious high country. Absolute
beginners and accomplished expert riders
are equally welcome at equine centres
in coast and country locations. One of
our classic rides is a half-day trek through
rugged terrain and open mountains, with
the Snowdon range on one side and the
Irish Sea on the other.
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Watching the birdie. Lapwings,
shellducks and black-tailed godwits are
some of the residents at RSPB Conwy
Nature Reserve, a wild oasis on the edge
of Snowdonia. Also out on a limb quite
literally is Ynys Enlli/Bardsey Island off
the tip of the Llyn Peninsula. The birdlife at
this National Nature Reserve is amazing
teeming populations of Manx shearwaters
(a staggering 16,000 pairs), oystercatchers,
razorbills and kittiwakes. But the bird that
all true twitchers really want to spot is the
rare osprey. One of the few places in Britain
is the RSPBs Glaslyn Osprey Project near
Porthmadog, where you may catch sight of
them in the skies or by nest-cam.
Whats the cache? Geocaching is the
latest way of getting to know our Great
Outdoors. Its a kind of old-fashioned
treasure hunt using GPS technology with
the aim of finding hidden high-tech treasure
known as geocaches and, in our case,
exploring some fantastic mountain, forest
and coastal scenery at the same time.
Keeping it green (and blue).
Our southern Snowdonia
countryside from Aberdyfi
to Dinas Mawddwy and
beyond, centred around
the Dyfi Valley, is very
green in more ways
than one. Its woods and
hills, home to the Centre for Alternative
Technology, are Waless only UNESCO
Biosphere reserve, a special place where
conservation and sustainable development
go hand in hand. Aberdyfi is also close to
the starting point of Pen Llyn ar Sarnau, the
wildlife-rich Special Conservation Area
that runs along the coast all the way to the
Llyn Peninsula.
Golf as it should be.
Its the special brand of Welsh
golf, played on friendly,
accessible courses. We have
around 20, including three of
the UKs finest Royal St Davids at Harlech,
the classic links at Aberdyfi, and iconic Nefyn,
perched on cliffs along the Llyn Peninsula.
Theres also a good choice of nine-hole
courses such as such as scenic Cricieth and
challenging Betws y Coed. Legendary course
designer James Braid did some of his best
work in North Wales as youll discover
when you follow the new James Braid Golf
Trail, which links 10 of his courses.
Grand canyoning. Or, as its sometimes
called, gorge walking. Its just one of many
things you can do at multi-activity centres
that serve up everything from abseiling to
raft building, orienteering to kayaking. Lets
be honest, you can sample these activities
almost anywhere nowadays, but what makes
them special is where they take place in
other words, our inspirational surroundings,
which give us the edge on other destinations.
After all, the team that first conquered
Everest chose to train here. And, as Chris
Wright from Snowdonia Active says,
Snowdonia is a landscape that resonates
with history, intrigue and adventure.
Royal St Davids Golf Club, Harlech
Plas is the place. Plas y Brenin
National Mountain Centre at Capel Curig
is the most complete outdoor destination
in the UK according to respected outdoor
writer Jon Sparks. He goes on to say: The
centre offers a wide range of courses
varying from walking to rock climbing,
mountain biking to navigation and
mountain rescue. Instructors, students,
novices and experts are all part of one
community, united in a passion for the
The lowdown. Go below ground with
Corris Mine Explorers, the company that
kits you out with hard hat and lamp and
guides you through an abandoned slate
mine first worked in 1836. Theres a similar
experience near Betws y Coed with Go
Below Underground Adventures.
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On the water. Around 200 miles of
coastline. Big beaches. Tiny coves. Slipways,
harbours and marinas. Outstandingly
beautiful estuaries. Seas, lakes and rivers.
We have the locations and leisure facilities
for all kinds of watersports hardcore
surfers, sailors with saltwater in their veins
or those who simply want a pleasant paddle
on the lake. The most fun allegedly you
can have in a wetsuit is on a wakeboarding
or surfing break on the Llyn Peninsula
(wakeboarding at Abersoch is a local
speciality, along with surfing at nearby
Porth Neigwl). Sailors can choose between
the sheltered Menai Strait and the open
waters of Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea.
Inland, there are lakes like Llyn Brenig,
Cerrigydrudion, home to the UKs highest
sailing club, with wind thats perfect for
learning the ropes or competitive sailing.
Marinas and sailing. Is there a
prettier little port than Aberdyfi on the
mountain-backed mouth of the Dyfi Estuary?
Its just perfect, one of a string of sailing
havens. Others include Barmouth/Abermaw,
Porthmadog, Caernarfon and Y Felinheli.
Biggest of all is Hafan Pwllheli, a world-class
modern marina and gateway to some of the
best sailing waters in the UK, with over 400
berths and excellent onshore facilities.
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Strait ahead. Want to learn to sail
or brush up on your watersports skills?
Plas Menai National Watersports Centre
near Caernarfon runs a variety of courses
and activity holidays. Its in a just-about-
perfect location on the Menai Strait, where
the sheltered waters are ideal for sailing,
windsurfing, canoeing and powerboating
but also have easy access to open seas.
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Bala by boat (or canoe). Balas Llyn
Tegid is the largest natural lake in Wales. Its
watersports potential is pretty big too, with
local companies offering sailing, canoeing
and windsurfing. Other watersports lakes
include beautiful Llyn Gwynant near
Beddgelert, Llyn Padarn at Llanberis, Llyn
Geirionydd hidden away in the Gwydyr
Forest, Llynnau Mymbyr near Capel Curig,
Llyn Trawsfynydd and Llyn Brenig near
Gone fshing. Where to go, that is the
question? Along the coast for fabulous sea
fishing from sand and shingle beaches,
estuaries and rocky shorelines? Or go
deep and charter a boat from places like
Conwy, the Menai Strait, Abersoch, Pwllheli,
Barmouth/Abermaw and Aberdyfi? Game
fishermen like it here too. No one is quite
sure of the number of lakes we have
its certainly over 100. Neither have we
measured every mile of our many mountain
torrents and lazy lowland rivers. Theres
also good coarse fishing at locations like
Llyn Trawsfynydd. For superb brown trout
fishing you cant beat Llyn Myngul in the
mountains near Abergynolwyn, while the
Eisteddfa Fishery near Cricieth offers the
best of both worlds its a coarse and trout
fishing complex with no less than five lakes.
White water, white knuckles.
The scenery goes by, but theres no chance
to take notice, says breathless outdoor
writer Jon Sparks as hes riding a bucking
inflatable raft at the National White Water
Centre near Bala. There are three possible
runs. The Upper River Tryweryn is used
for regular runs and taster sessions. An
enticing alternative is the Tryweryn Safari,
a four-mile trip down the Lower Tryweryn.
If this isnt enough, the Tryweryn Special
combines the upper and lower rivers in
one mammoth run. None of these sessions
demands any previous experience, just a
willingness to have a go and an acceptance
that you can expect to get very wet.
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Weve got it covered. The free
guide Snowdonia, the Active Destination
is packed with more information on
watersports, activities and attractions on
offer. Its available by post and from Tourist
Information Centres, or you can download a
copy from
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Walk and ride. The Wales Coast Path
running south along Cardigan Bay from
Porthmadog is packed with interest. The
Cambrian Coast Railway happens to run all
the way too, so its easy to put together
a combined walk-and-rail break. Heres a
sample itinerary:
Day 1. Stop off at Portmeirion this
unique Italianate village is one of the
highlights of the entire Coast Path. Then
walk along the lovely Dwyryd Estuary and
Morfa Harlech to mighty, medieval Harlech
Castle, another must-visit. Overnight
Day 2. Up bright and early for Shell Island,
Llanbedr, named after youve guessed
it the 200-plus varieties of shell on this
sandy peninsula. Walk down through the
dunes, Lawrence of Arabia style, to Talybont
and hop on the train to Llanaber. Finish
off the day with another sandy stroll into
Barmouth/Abermaw, your overnight stop.
Mind you, here in North-west Wales
were well used to welcoming walkers to
coast and country. And not just super-fit
enthusiasts who think nothing of jogging
up Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon before breakfast,
but leisure walkers, lazy walkers, weekend
walkers and family walkers who simply want
to follow gentle trails through cool forests
as well as along our scenic coastline.
Strait and narrow. Enjoy views across
the Menai Strait to Anglesey from the
new Coast Path along Traeth Lafan (Lavan
Sands) east of Bangor. Theres also another
attractive new section along the Strait
at Treborth west of Bangor which takes
in views of the two bridges the historic
Menai Suspension Bridge and modern
Britannia Bridge that connect Anglesey to
mainland Wales.
Along Lly n. Coastal walking anywhere
along the Llyn Peninsula, an Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty, will leave you
wanting more. Theres easy access by foot
to Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language and
Heritage Centre, tucked away amongst
cliffs on the north coast. Further along, the
path from Nefyn to Aberdaron is one if the
most sensational in Wales and the UK,
for that matter. On south Llyn, walk beside
the charming, candy-coloured beach huts
at Llanbedrog then up to the headland
crowned by the enigmatic figure of
the Tin Man.

Day 3. We cant decide if you should
ride or walk across the railway bridge that
spans the Mawddach Estuary at Barmouth/
Abermaw. Whatever you choose, its
another Coast Path highlight. Stay on the
train to Tywyn then walk down the massive
beach with equally massive views to
Aberdyfi, the picturesque little resort and
sailing centre on the mouth of another
sensationally beautiful estuary.
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acclaim last year, is the frst
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Away from the coast.
The 24-mile Ardudwy Way from Barmouth/
Abermaw in the south to Llandecwyn in the
north is a thrilling waymarked path across
the Harlech Dome, a wild upland made
from some of the oldest rocks in Wales.
For something a bit more bucolic head
inland from Afonwen near Chwilog on the
south coast of the Llyn Peninsula and walk
through avenues of beech and oak on
Y Ln Goed (Wood Lane) to the slopes
of Mynydd Cennin.
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Tree Top Adventure,
Betws y Coed
In a nutshell. Its a high-ropes
adventure course that gives you
a big buzz without the fear of
falling. Negotiate over 30 obstacles,
including balancing beams, rope bridges and zip wires. And
are you up for the challenge of the worlds highest powerfan
parachute plummet and Sky Ride, Europes highest giant swing?
Why go? Suitable for almost everyone, from families to
fun-seeking groups. Theres even a Tree Tot Trail for younger
children. When youre there ask about Tree Tops exciting new
Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, Europes longest
zip-wire ride its over a mile!
To book telephone 01248 601444.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park,
near Dolgellau
In a nutshell. Coed y Brenin
is the ultimate all-action forest.
Walkers came first. Then and this
is what really put the forest on the
map mountain bikers arrived. Its now a fully fledged activity
centre, with an attractive, modern visitor centre, caf, bike
shop, childrens play areas, high-ropes adventure, geocaching,
facilities for visitors with disabilities and miles and miles of
biking and walking trails for everyone, from families to muddy
MB enthusiasts.
Why go? If youre into the outdoors youd be daft not to.
Theres plenty of choice, and something to do for everyone.
Go Below Underground
Adventures, Conwy Falls
Caf, near Betws y Coed
In a nutshell: Exhilarating guided
adventure trips into the spectacular
subterranean world of an abandoned slate mine. Brave a series
of fun challenges as you journey through cavernous chambers
and across forgotten blue lakes. No experience necessary,
equipment provided.
Why go? This is mine exploring with attitude. Youll be abseiling,
zip-lining, scrambling, boating and climbing a waterfall all
beneath the surface. You can even experience the ultimate
descent to the deepest point in Snowdonia! Open in all weathers,
all year round.
Beacon Climbing Centre,
In a nutshell. Its a big indoor
centre with all kinds of challenges,
from a 56ft-high climbing wall to
something thats entirely off-the-wall
the worlds first CrazyClimb, a wacky series of fun climbing
routes (including one thats like shinning up a drainpipe).
Theres also a bouldering area and caf.
Why go? For a great climbing experience, whatever the
weather. There are taster sessions and tuition for beginners,
while experienced climbers just have to register and away
they go.
What can we see and do? Thats an easy question
to answer for us. We have over 150 attractions
in the Snowdonia Mountains and Coast area.
Take a look at these and make your own
shortlist or visit our website for further ideas.
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GreenWood Forest Park,
near Caernarfon
In a nutshell. This is one very green
attraction, winner of many awards
for its eco credentials. But most of
all, its fun for families, with a mind-
boggling range of experiences and
rides including Tree-Top Towers, a Barefoot Trail, Forest Theatre
and the Green Dragon, the worlds first eco-friendly people-
powered rollercoaster.
Why go? See if you can fit all thats on offer into one day.
Bet you cant.
Sygun Copper Mine, near
In a nutshell. A remarkable
underground experience. Abandoned
in 1903 but now reopened to visitors,
Sygun tells the story of Victorian
miners. Nowadays, its hard to believe that such gritty industrial
heritage exists amongst so much natural beauty.
Why go? Take a self-guided tour of the old workings. See
stalactites and stalagmites as well as copper ore veins containing
traces of silver and gold.
Bodnant Welsh Food,
Conwy Valley
In a nutshell. Opened by
Prince Charles in July 2012 and
spectacularly located overlooking
the River Conwy, the restored 18th-
century Furnace Farm houses a farm shop, tea-room, bakery,
dairy, butchery, restaurant, cookery school and a beekeeping
centre. A showcase for Welsh artisan produce.
Why go? Foodie heaven for the whole family, where you can
learn a new skill at the cookery school, visit demonstration hives
to see bees and beekeepers at work and then sample some
delicious local food.
Electric Mountain, Llanberis
In a nutshell. This is a bit of an
indoorsy attraction, but you wont
want to miss it. Elidir Mountain
above the lake is hollow, hiding
the largest pumped-storage hydro-
electric power station in Europe. Take
an underground tour of this awesome space.
Why go? Its like a film-set for a James Bond movie, vast
chambers and tunnels so big you can drive a bus through them.
Which is a good job, since youll be on it.
Inigo Jones Slate Works,
Y Groeslon, near Caernarfon
In a nutshell. Theyve been making
slate products here for over 150
years, starting with school writing
tablets. Todays large product range
includes items for the home and garden made from 500-million-
year-old local slate, the best in the world.
Why go? Its still a proper workshop, not a museum. You can
explore the wokshops at your own pace on a self guided tour
and try your hand at slate calligraphy. Afterwards, browse in the
attractive, well-stocked shop.
Glasfryn Parc, near Pwllheli
In a nutshell. Where to begin?
Think of an activity and theres a
good chance that you can do it here.
Go karts, quad bikes, archery, fishing
and ten-pin bowling are just some
of the things on offer. Theres also a
state-of-the-art wakepark packed with exciting features.
Why go? Its billed as North Waless premier action and
activity centre. Enough said. Oh, and theres an award-winning
farm shop and caf on site too.
Yr Hwylfan/The Fun Centre,
In a nutshell. The name says it
all well almost. Its North Waless
biggest indoor adventure play centre,
with a huge range of attractions and
activities all under one roof.
Why go? For the giant drop slides, ball pools, maze, tubes,
climbing nets, play areas, mini electric go karts, laser game
arena is that enough? And adults can escape to the licensed
restaurant with patio area.
King Arthurs Labyrinth,
In a nutshell. Youre in a cave. On
a boat. You float past tableaux and
sound-and-light shows that bring
Celtic Britain and Arthurian legend
to life. Theres also the occasional dragon not forgetting the
underground waterfall.
Why go? Below ground is just the half of it. Back on the surface
theres more legendary storytelling on the spooky paths of the
Bards Quest, and shopping at the Corris Craft Centre.
And you can go underground for the second time with
Corris Mine Explorers.
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Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn
In a nutshell. The daddy of
them all. Talyllyn is the worlds
first preserved railway, running for
over seven miles from Cardigan
Bay through the smooth, green
mountains of southern Snowdonia.
Its easy to see why this little train inspired the stories of
Thomas the Tank Engine.
Why go? A strong steam heritage. Friendly, enthusiastic staff.
Classic rural landscapes and beguiling stopping-off places like the
waterfalls at Dolgoch. Railway Museum at Tywyn.
Welsh Highland Heritage
Railway, Porthmadog
In a nutshell. A short narrow-gauge
rail ride from Porthmadog takes you
to a Heritage Centre and Engine
Sheds, packed with exhibits and
displays on North Waless railway and industrial heritage.
Theres also a second rail ride this time on a miniature railway
with tiny seven-inch gauge.
Why go? Its a charming little railway, run by passionate
volunteers. The Heritage Centre has won awards for its hands-on
approach climb into engine cabs, sit at the controls, watch a
video that shows you what its like at 600 degrees inside a boiler.
Snowdon Mountain Railway,
In a nutshell. Mountaineering
made easy on a ride of over four
miles to the roof of Wales. Travel
along at 5mph in one of the four
new passenger carriages on the only rack-and pinion railway in
the UK. Its without doubt one of the most spectacular railway
journeys, says The Good Britain Guide. When you get to the
top, call into the award winning Summit Visitor Centre, Hafod
Eryri, if its chilly outside snuggle up in its warm Welsh-oak
Why go? Every visitor to North Wales should go to the top of
Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon. If you want to walk but dont fancy the
uphill bit, buy a singe ticket and walk back down.
Ffestiniog and Welsh
Highland Railways,
Porthmadog and Caernarfon
In a nutshell. Two separate
railways, little in gauge, large in
appeal. The 13-mile Ffestiniog from Porthmadog to Blaenau
Ffestiniog now carries passengers, not slate. Its one of Waless
best-loved Great Little Trains. The Welsh Highland from
Caernarfon to Porthmadog travels through some of Snowdonias
most breathtaking mountain scenery and the show-stopping
Aberglaslyn Pass a whopping 25 miles from start to finish,
making it Britains longest heritage railway.
Why go? Scenery and steam. Put the two railways together for
a giant little ride of nearly 80 miles there and back. And 2013
promises to be a very special year on the Ffestiniog, when they
celebrate their 150th anniversary.
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Fairbourne Miniature
In a nutshell. Its the smallest of
Waless narrow-gauge railways, with
a track width of only 12.25 inches.
So its dinky, its sweet but it takes
you on a railway ride through the
dunes to some pretty big views of the Mawddach Estuary and
mountains beyond.
Why go? The ride in itself is enough. But theres more. It
connects with the ferry across the Mawddach to Barmouth/
Ribride Adventure Boat
Trips, Caernarfon
In a nutshell. Youll ride a state-of-
the-art RIB along the Menai Strait
and across to Anglesey. The boats
are quiet but powerful expect to hit
speeds of 50mph, but in comfort.
Why go? For at least two reasons the adrenaline rush
(guaranteed to put a smile on your face) and the North Wales
coasts stunning scenery (guaranteed to impress). You decide.
Shearwater Luxury Charter
Cruises, Pwllheli
In a nutshell. Shearwater is a
luxury catamaran, purpose-built
exclusively for the company. It
cruises the beautiful waters of the
Llyn Peninsula from Hafan Pwllheli Marina.
Why go? The company couldnt have chosen a better base
from which to specialise in scenic and nature cruises. Shearwater
takes you to seal and seabird colonies, dolphin-friendly waters,
spectacular sea-cliffs and island like St Tudwals, Abersoch and
Ynys Gwylans, Aberdaron.
Anglesey Boat Trips
In a nutshell. Scenic, spectacular
trips in six- and eight-person RIB
powerboats with fully qualified,
experienced pilots, departing from
Caernarfon (Victoria Dock), Menai
Bridge Pier and Y Felinheli.
Why go? Theyre great fun as you whiz along the Menai Strait
to places like Beaumaris Castle, Puffin Island and Llanddwyn
Anglesey Walking Holidays
In a nutshell. Youll be in the
hands of local experts who pride
themselves in their tailor-made
holidays on the Anglesey Coast Path.
Guided and self-guided walking tours
are available (with luggage transfers).
Packages vary from 3-14 nights, suitable for novices and
experienced walkers. Day tours and cycling packages
also available.
Why go? Angleseys 125-mile coastline is an official Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty and no one knows it better,
every mile of the way, than Anglesey Walking Holidays.
Snowdonia Riding Stables,
Waunfawr, near Caernarfon
In a nutshell. Go riding and
trekking in the foothills of Snowdonia
through fabulous mountain and
coastal scenery. Complete beginners
and competent riders are equally welcome, with a choice of
everything from introductory sessions to full-day treks deep
into the mountains.
Why go? Always wanted to explore the hills on horseback?
Nows your chance, on rides guided by experienced trek leaders.
Please pre-book.
National White Water
Centre, near Bala
In a nutshell. Welcome to the
UKs first commercial white water
rafting centre. Its also the largest.
The aquatic action takes place on the
Tryweryn, a dam-released river, so the water is always white
and very wet whatever time of year you come.
Why go? To ride the steep chutes and boulder-strewn rapids
of the Tryweryn, thats why. Or to try tandem kayaking. Or to get
equally wet and wild on a canyoning trip.
Gone Swimming
In a nutshell. Its swimming, but
possibly not as you know it. Gone
Swimming specialises in adventure
swimming holidays run by fully
qualified aquaholics. Theres a
range of fresh- and saltwater wild
swimming experiences on offer. All kind of swimmers can say
yes to the call of the wild: child-friendly family trips, Wet
Weekends and coaching/tuition for enthusiasts are all available.
Why go? Quite apart from the novelty factor Gone
Swimming doesnt take you paddling on popular beaches
youll be swimming in some of the most scenic (and secret)
locations in Snowdonia.
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Green Flags, the
highest accolade for
parks and open spaces,
fly over our Country
Parks at Glynllifon (near Caernarfon)
and Padarn (Llanberis). Parc Glynllifon
is a Grade I-listed garden with 70 acres
of exotic trees and plants, old follies and
giant redwoods (plus, as a bonus, art and
crafts). Padarn Country Parks 800-acre
lakeside nature reserve has two Sites of
Special Scientific Interest and, as youd
expect, some of the loveliest scenery
in North Wales. The most recent Green
Flag goes to Ynysmaengwyn Park
near Tywyn, restored estate grounds
and woodland with walks, a wealth of
historic features and superb views across
southern Snowdonia.
Prize-winning Penrhyn. Penrhyn
Castle, the National Trust mansion set
in magnificent grounds on the outskirts
Bangor, was recently voted one of the top
five historic attractions in Britain by Which?
History comes alive here in ways that
entertain all the family.
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On the rails trains, trains, trains.
Youll be surprised where those rails take
you in this part of the world (weve already
mentioned some on the previous pages).
Porthmadog is the railway rendezvous town.
As well as the narrow-gauge lines weve
already described, the Cambrian Coast
mainline railway another highly scenic
rail ride stops off here on its way between
Aberystwyth and Pwllheli.
Llanberis is home to the Llanberis Lake
Railway, which runs on a pretty route
through the Padarn Country Park. For more
lakeside views ride the Bala Lake Railway
beside Llyn Tegid for over four miles. And
deep in the Dyfi Forest at Corris enthusiasts
have breathed new life into a little line
originally built to serve the local quarries.
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Sports and leisure centres for
indoor and outdoor activities.
We have many modern, well-equipped
centres, so youll never be far from one.
Many have indoor pools and most have
sports halls, squash and badminton courts
and outside sporting facilities (tennis courts
etc). Some even have climbing walls:
Arfon Leisure Centre (Caernarfon), Arfon
Tennis Centre (Caernarfon), Bangor Leisure
Centre, Bangor Swimming Pool, Bro Dysynni
Leisure Centre (Tywyn), Bro Ffestiniog
Sports Hall, Bro Ffestiniog Swimming Pool,
Dwyfor Leisure Centre (Pwllheli), Dyffryn
Conwy Leisure Centre (Llanrwst), Glan
Wnion Leisure Centre (Dolgellau), Glaslyn
Leisure Centre (Porthmadog), Hamdden
Harlech and Ardudwy Leisure Centre,
Llandudno Junction Leisure Centre, Llanrwst
Swimming Pool, Pavilion Leisure Centre
(Barmouth/Abermaw), Penllyn Leisure
Centre (Bala), Plas Ffrancon Leisure Centre
(Bethesda) and Plas Silyn Leisure Centre
Discover Gwynedds wildlife.
Our website has lots of information on
nature and wildlife, mountains and sea,
woods and rivers and new places to
discover. Learn about the Manx shearwater,
Atlantic grey seal, harbour porpoise, chough,
raven and much more.
Play time more fun for the kids.
Near Harlech theres the Childrens Farm
Park and Play Barn at Llanfair. You can
also meet the animals at Gypsy Wood,
Bontnewydd, near Caernarfon, a charming
family attraction with a miniature railway
and themed walk.
Do-it-yourself car tour. To get
you started, heres a suggested day trip
of southern Snowdonia by car from
Dolgellau. Follow the A470 as it climbs up
over the spectacular Bwlch yr Oerddrws
mountain pass to the forest village of Dinas
Mawddwy. Take the minor road over an
even more dramatic pass Bwlch y Groes,
the highest in Wales to Bala. Ride Balas
little railway, or enjoy a picnic beside
the lake before following the A4212 to
Trawsfynydd. Return to Dolgellau on the
A496 coast road. But will you have enough
time to call into two very special places en
route Portmeirion and Harlech Castle?
Do-it-yourself days out. Take a look
at our website for itinerary ideas covering
everything from family fun days to activity
breaks. If you still cant find what youre
looking for and need fresh ideas please get
in touch.
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The green way to go. First port of
call has to be the Centre for Alternative
Technology, the pioneering eco-village of
the future in the woods near Corris. Green
is just one of the rich palette of colours at
Bodnant Garden, the National Trust jewel
in the Conwy Valley. Portmeirions arty
Italianate architecture, the creation of Sir
Clough Williams-Ellis, is complemented by
the most amazing gardens, a combination
of South Seas romance and Rain Forest
fecundity. Sir Clough also poured his
unstoppable imagination into nearby Plas
Brondanws gardens near Llanfrothen.
Get yourself a guide. Many members
of the Wales Official Tourist Guides
Association (Wotga) have the prestigious
Blue Badge guide qualification for all of
Wales, while others hold regional or site-
specific Green Badge qualifications. Get the
inside story on the Snowdonia Mountains
and Coast area by using their services. Green
Badge Guide Carole Startin, for example, runs
tours that include a Horrible Histories and
Right Royal Tours of Caernarfon.
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Weirglodd Fawr, Waunfawr,
Caernarfon LL55 4PQ
T: 01286 650342
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Superb riding in magnificent mountain and coastal
scenery to suit complete beginners or competent
riders. Friendly experienced staff. Established over
30 years. Approved by the British Horse Society
and the Pony Club.
Months open: 112; Days open: MonSun;
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Our Self-guided audio-visual tours allow you to explore the old workings
of a Victorian Copper Mine. Discover the large colourful chambers and
see the magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations. Above ground
activities: Museum of Antiquities, Gold Panning, Pottery Painting,
Metal Detecting, Adventure Playground and Lake Side Walks.
Open 1 Mar Nov, 27 Dec 2 Jan & Feb Half Term 9.30am 5pm
Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NE. Tel: 01766 890595 10% discount on admission with this voucher
The Station, Tremadog Road,
Porthmadog LL49 9HT
T: 01766 513402
Award-winning family orientated all weather
attraction packed with things to do and see
for children and adults alike. Ride on a historic
narrow gauge and miniature railway or go to the
interactive heritage centre where you can climb
on railway engines! Gift shop and period tea room.
Tickets valid all day.
Months open: April October; Days open: Daily 7 days a week;
Hours open: 9.30am 5pm; Trains at: 10:30, 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00,
16:00*; Adult 7.50, Child 3.75, Concession 6, Family 18.50
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Welsh Highland Heritage Railway 5D
01758 612251
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Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4UR
T: 01286 870636 F:01286 873002
Set against a magnificent backdrop of mountains
and scenery of Snowdonia, Electric Mountain
is the gateway to your journey underground.
Marvel at the sheer size of the massive inlet
valve chambers and see close up the world's
fastest response turbine generators. For a truly
electrifying day out, visit Electric Mountain.
Months open:112; Days open: Visitor centre open all year round. Tours operate
EasterEnd of October daily. All other times select days only; Hours open: Jan
May & SeptDec 10am4.30pm; JulAug & main school holidays 9.30am5.30pm.
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Electric Mountain Visitor Centre 3D
Y Groeslon, Caernarfon,
Gwynedd LL54 7UE
T: 01286 830242
F: 01286 831247
Self guided tour of works includes geological
historical calligraphy and letter cutting exhibitions.
Opportunity to try calligraphy and cutting on a
piece of slate that you get to keep as a souvenir.
Quality slate products and other Welsh gifts
available. Cafe on site and plenty of free parking.
Months open:112; Days open: MonSun; Hours open: 9am5pm;
Adults 5; Children & Concessions 4.50; Family (2 adults + 2 children) 15.00
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Inigo Jones Slate Works 4D
3 Penrallt, Menai Bridge,
Anglesey LL59 5LP T: 01248 713611
Award-winning company offering cycling
and walking packages on Anglesey and
the North Wales Coast Part of the Wales
Coast Path. Included: Accommodations,
transfers, maps, routes, 24h back up service.
Months open:112;
Days open: MonSun
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Anglesey Walking
Come and explore the beautiful coastline
of Anglesey and the Menai Strait on one of
our powerboat trips. We depart everyday
from Dinorwic Marina Felinheli mid-way
between Caernarfon and Bangor. Trips from
1 hour to 4 hours and from 20 to 150
per person. 01248 716 335.
Unit 1, Dinorwic Marina,
Felinheli LL56 4JN
T: 01248 716 335
Months open:112; Days open: MonSun;
Hours open: 9am6pm
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From tranquil walks to premier mountain bike trails,
Coed y Brenin offers the complete woodland experience.

Cafe with full menu using local produce open 7 days a week

Geocaching: Hire a GPS and give it a go Audio trails

Bike hire, orienteering, running and all ability trails

Adventure playground and childrens puzzle trail

Enjoy three hours of fun, challenge and adventure up in the trees at

Full events programme

All ability access, walks and facilities

Conference facilities

8 miles north of Dolgellau on A470

Included in Lonely Planets Great Adventures 2013
Parc Coedwig
Coed y Brenin
Forest Park
Canolfan Ymwelwyr Parc Coedwig Coed y Brenin /
Coed y Brenin Forest Park Visitor Centre
Dolgefeiliau, Dolgellau LL40 2HZ Ffn/Tel: 01341 440 747
Mae Coed y Brenin yn cynnig dewis perffaith o weithgareddau coedwig,
o dawelwch llwybrau cerdded i rai or llwybrau beicio mynydd gorau.

Caf gyda bwydlen lawn o gynnyrch lleol ar agor 7 diwrnod or wythnos

Geocelcio: Llogwch GPS a rhowch gynnig arni Llwybrau clywedol

Llogi beiciau, cyfeiriannu, rhedeg a llwybrau pob gallu

Maes chwarae antur a llwybr pos ar gyfer y plant

Rhaglen lawn o ddigwyddiadau

Mwynhewch dair awr o hwyl, sialensiau ac antur i fyny yn y coed yn Go Ape

Llwybrau cerdded, cyeusterau a mynediad pob gallu

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8ala 01678 521 222
8angor 01248 370 600
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Caernarton 01286 676 451
Canoltan Tenls/Tennls Centre 01286 682 980
Dolgellau 01341 423 579
Penygroes 01286 882 047
Portbmaoog 01766 512 711
Pwllbell 01758 613 437
Tywyn 01654 711 763
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a dysgwch am Henry Jones a hanes ei
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Visit this fascinating Museum of Welsh
rural life and find out about Henry Jones
and the story of his struggle for education.
Y Cwm, Llangernyw,
Abergele LL22 8PR
T: 01745 860630
Months open: 59
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2pm5pm, Sat & Sun 25pm
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Bangor Street,
Caernarfon LL55 1AR
T: 01286 671911
The fun centre, 1400 sq ft of family fun all under
one roof. Including 25ft high drop slides, ball
pools, bridges, nets, tumble towers, spinning
steps, dark maze and much more... separate
under 5s play area. Laser Space Sport area.
Mini Go-Carts. Licensed family friendly restaurant,
museum and outside patio area.
Months open: 112; Days open: MonSun; Hours open: Variable
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32 Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 2013
1624: Bangor Science Festival
01248 382724
914: Bangor New Music Festival
1617: Viva Extreme Running,
26: Conwy Seed Fair
301 April: Caernarfon Easter Festival
31: Pwllheli Triathlon
420 Selectors Sailing Championships,
1: Tywyn Spring Fair
01654 767321
20: Hand-Bikes at Dawn, Dolgellau
20: Ras y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog
2021: Conwy Jesters Weekend
28: Snowdonia Half Marathon,
Betws y Coed
45: Medieval History Chef, Caernarfon
45: Laser Sailing Qualifiers, Pwllheli
56: Bank Holiday Fun, Caernarfon
6: Nefyn Show
01758 613000
11: Bala Challenge Charity Walks
01678 521782
1112: Barmouth Kite Festival
1112: Conwy Pirate Weekend
19: Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon,
Two races will be held, the Full Slateman
(1000m/51km/11km) and Slateman Sprint
(400m/20km/6km). Team relay categories
are also available for both distances.
23: Cricieth Fair
01758 613000
2526: Kaya Festival, Bangor
A festival that celebrates diversity, music
and arts, located on the Vaynol Estate.
2527: Conwy Celtic Spring Fayre
28: Childrens Duncan Days, Talyllyn
Railway, Tywyn
Snowdon Fiddle Festival, Nant Peris
2: Great Straight Raft Run, Y Felinheli
2: Bangor 10k
58: Three Castles Welsh Classic Trial,
various locations
8: Abersoch 10k
9: Bala Middle Distance Triathlon
15: Three Peaks Yacht Race, Barmouth/
1523: Cricieth Festival
16: Etape Eryri, Llanberis
This highly praised cycling event returns
for its second year. Three race distances:
47 miles, 76 miles and 103 miles taking in
some of the most arduous climbs in the
mountains of Snowdonia.
22: Trail Marathon Wales, Coed y
Brenin Forest Park, Dolgellau
The course takes in fully marked trails and
tracks in this popular, beautiful forest.
2223: Festival of Dance, Conwy
2527: Period Historian, Caernarfon
29: Ffair Cricieth Fair
01758 613000
305 July: Squib Sailing Nationals,
Every weekend: Weekend Fun,
Caernarfon Castle
310: Conwy Walking Week
01492 575290
47: North Wales Bluegrass Festival,
6: North Wales Agricultural Show,
1214: Wakestock, Abersoch and
Europes largest wakeboard music festival,
attracting thousands each year. Festival-
goers are treated to the epic combination of
a music line-up of top bands and DJs along
with extreme sports action in the waters of
Cardigan Bay from some of the worlds best
1314: Drum House Ffest, Blaenau
A fusion of outdoor activities, culture,
heritage and world music to promote
Bro Ffestiniog as a complete outdoor
destination. This will be the first DHFF to
feature the newly developed Downhill
Biking Centre of Excellence at Blaenau
1314: Barmouth Kite Festival
For more details and an updated events list visit our website or contact
local Tourist Information Centres (see back cover).
Please note: This list was compiled during November 2012 and details may have changed,
so please check dates and times if you plan to attend an event. |
33 Digwyddiadau 2013
1314: Mawddach Paddlesports
Festival, Barmouth/Abermaw and
1921: Gw yl Arall, Caernarfon
Literature, music, art and film festival.
1921: Sesiwn Fawr, Dolgellau
20: International Snowdon Race,
One of Europes toughest endurance
challenges, a 10-mile race from the lakeside
at Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, to Snowdon, the
highest summit in Wales and England, then
back down.
2021: Living History, Conwy
2027: Gw yl Caernarfon Festival
2126: Abersoch Dinghy Week
2127: Conwy Classical Music Festival
2128: Conwy River Festival
2428: North Wales Boat Show,
27: Period Costume Tours, Conwy
282 August: Enterprise Nationals,
Every weekend: Period Costume Tours,
Conwy Castle
14: Conwy Celtic Summer Fayre
39: Laser 2000 UK National
Championships, Pwllheli
49: Albacore Sailing Nationals / Squib
Welsh Open / Seabird Sailing Open
Week, Abersoch
10: Abersoch Regatta Day
10: Eglwysbach Show
01492 650529
1014: 420s UK Nationals / Open
Championships, Pwllheli
1216: Mirror Week, Abersoch
1422: 420s Europeans / 470s Junior
European Championships, Pwllheli
These prestigious competitions showcase
some of the best on the water, with
Snowdonia and the glorious sweep
of Cardigan Bay as a backdrop for the
1519: Glass Butter Beach Festival,
A new festival celebrating the alternative
sports of surf, wake, skate and BMXing
as well as good music, taking place in the
stunning village of Llanbedrog.
17: Race the Train, Tywyn
17: Sioe Wledig Llanrwst Rural Show
1718: Feva Sailing Open / Tera Sailing
Open, Abersoch
1718: North Wales Country Fair, Bala
A top country show, with expert
performances and great entertainment.
Includes amongst others the Clwyd
Axmen, BASC, Vintage Engines, the British
Association of Terriers and Lurchers, and
local angling clubs.
1923: Abersoch Keelboat Week
22: Childrens Duncan Days, Talyllyn
Railway, Tywyn
24: Dinas Mawddwy Show
01650 531252
24: Pennal Show
25: Wild Wales Walking Challenge, Bala
2530: Cadet Sailing Nationals,
28: Meirionnydd County Show, Bala
7: Cerrigydrudion Show
78: Topper National Sailing Series,
714: Barmouth Arts Festival
8: Bala Standard Distance Triathlon
8: Caernarfon 10k
13: Conwy Honey Fair
1315: Festival No: 6, Portmeirion
An intimate, bespoke banquet of music,
arts and culture in the mystical, magical
Italianate village of Portmeirion.
2122: Brutal Triathlon, Llanberis
Snowdonia Arts Festival,
Betws y Coed
6: Snowman Triathlon, Capel Curig
19: Cambrian Rally, Penmachno and
Clocaenog Forests
25: Ffair y Bala
26: Snowdonia Marathon, Llanberis
First held in 1982 as a dramatic alternative
to the many city and town races. The
demanding route encircles Snowdon, giving
the event a unique place in the annual
marathon calendar.
2627: Barmouth Motocross Weekend
2627: Gwledd Conwy Feast
301 December: Nadolig Betws y Coed
17: Conwy Half Marathon
1: Santa Dash, Betws y Coed
13: Late Knight Shopping, Conwy
34 Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 2013
Ab A er erso soch c
Lands end at its most idyllic. This fishing
village was the last stop for pilgrims on the
way to Ynys Enlli/Bardsey Island, a National
Nature Reserve renowned internationally for
its birdlife. Celebrated poet RS Thomas lived
in a cottage within the beautiful grounds of
Plas yn Rhiw, a small National Trust manor
house. Be prepared to get blown away by
the awesome coastal views from Mynydd
Mawr headland.

Popular and very fashionable seaside
resort and sailing/watersports centre,
with fine beaches and sheltered harbour.
Busy programme of sailing events plus
Wakestock, Europes largest wakeboard
music festival (held in July). Busy bistro life
too, plus a good choice of accommodation
and attractions including pony trekking,
boat trips and crafts centre. Abersoch is
also a base for six circular walks ranging
from under a mile to over nine miles.
Charming little seaside village with superb
beach and possibly the most famous
certainly the most photogenic line of
beach huts in Wales. Home to Oriel Plas
Glyn-y-Weddw, a leading arts centre and
gallery. Well located for walking.
Lly n is unmistakeable in so many ways. You cant miss it on the map
its that crooked fnger of land that points forcefully into the Irish Sea.
It also has a distinct identity as a bastion of Celtic history and heritage
and stronghold of Welsh culture and language. Then theres the look of
the place its stunning. Lly n is a protected Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty on the strength of its exceptional coastline of coves, headlands,
beaches and bays rich in wildlife. Theyre all interlinked by the Lly n
Coastal Path (now part of the all-Wales Coast Path).
Aberda da daro ro r nn
To link in with the way weve organised the accommodation adverts starting on page 46
weve split Snowdonia into six areas. Heres an introduction to each.
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Pen Llyn
How perfect can you get? Not much more
than Porthdinllaen, a much-photographed
coastal hamlet with quaint houses and
waterfront inn set above a beautiful
half-moon of sands. Village and beach are
owned by the National Trust access on
foot only.
Llyns capital fills many roles seaside
resort with fine beach, busy market town
with art galleries and very popular sailing
and watersports centre with one of the best
modern marinas in the UK. Hafan Pwllheli
gives access to the inviting sailing waters
of Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea. See
the wildlife seals, seabirds and dolphins
on coastal cruises (contact the Tourist
Information Centre for details). Excellent
leisure centre to keep the kids entertained,
along with activity-packed Glasfryn Parc.
Penarth Fawr medieval house nearby.
Village set in a landscape full of interest.
On Yr Eifl mountains theres Trer Ceiri, an
astonishingly well-preserved prehistoric
village occupied until about 2,000 years
ago. Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh Language
and Heritage Centre, is nearby.
Popular north coast seaside village with
harbour, Maritime Museum and graceful
crescent of sand leading to picturesque
Porthdinllaen. Its headland golf course is
not for the faint hearted its like playing
off the deck of an aircraft carrier.
Ynys Enlli/Bardsey Island
Ca e r na r f on Ba y
Editors choice fve top
attractions (there are
lots more)
Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen
former slate village in spectacular
spot, now a Welsh Language and
Heritage Centre open to day
Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw,
Llanbedrog Waless oldest art
gallery with exhibitions by premier
artists from Wales and beyond.
Boat trip to Ynys Enlli/Bardsey
Island (from Porth Meudwy near
Aberdaron and Pwllheli) keep an
eye on the weather, ask TIC for
Glasfryn Parc, near Pwllheli
all-action family activity and
adventure centre.
Porth Oer (Whistling Sands)
walk along the beach barefoot
and see if you can make the sands
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Otherwise known simply as Aber. Scenic
village at approach to a beautiful wooded
valley and Aber Falls, the highest natural
waterfall in Wales. Traeth Lafan Coastal
Nature Reserve nearby.
Small but lively city and university town.
Bangor Cathedral has ancient roots this
religious site can be traced back to the 6th
century. Art and local artefacts on display
at Gwynedd Museum and Gallery. Lots of
leisure facilities including pool, Play Centre
and pier, where you can enjoy a favourite
local treat of tea and fresh scones. A good
shopping scene too (along whats reputed
to be Waless longest High Street), boosted
by the modern Menai Centre. Dont miss
dramatic Penrhyn Castle, the National Trust
mansion set in beautiful grounds on the
outskirts of town.
Everyone loves Beddgelert and its
enviable location. The picturesque stone-
built village is the ideal base for exploring
all the classic Snowdonia sights and beauty
spots Aberglaslyn Pass to the south, Nant
Gwynant to the east, Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon
to the north. Nearby Rhyd Ddu is a great
starting point for walking up Yr Wyddfa. Or
go underground at the Sygun Copper Mine,
also close by. National Trusts Craflwyn
Estate (an activity, special interest and
conference centre) is opposite Sygun on
the road to Nant Gwynant. The village is
one of the stop-off points on the extended
Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon
to Porthmadog.
How high do you want to go? Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon is the cream of the
crop, the top mountain in Wales and England. Its not alone. Yr Wyddfa is
the centrepiece of our very own Rocky Mountains that include 14 peaks
over 3,000ft, the so-called Welsh super-mountains. Dont worry if you
havent got a head for heights. There are wooded valleys, rushing rivers
and mountain lakes too, and an attractive coastline along the Menai Strait
and the northern gateway to the Lly n Peninsula.
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Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis a Phentrefi Eryri
Pendeitsh, part of the Ein Treftadaeth Our
Heritage project. Other attractions include
Welsh Highland Railway which runs for 25
miles to Porthmadog, Hwylfan Fun Centre
and Redline Indoor Karting. Waterside Doc
Fictoria is home to Galeri (contemporary
arts complex with theatre and cinema) and
Celtica (art and crafts centre).
Seaside village with vast, sandy, award-
winning beach and views that seem to go
on forever. Attractive promenade and play
areas. Home of Airworld Aviation Museum
and Caernarfon Airport and Helicentre. Big,
beautiful Glynllifon Country Park close by.
Where to start? Llanberis is packed with
enough attractions to keep visitors busy
for weeks. But first, theres the lakeside
location at the foot of Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon.
When youre tired of walking beside the
water which you wont be take a ride on
two narrow-gauge lines, the Llanberis Lake
Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railway.
The latter climbs almost to the doorstep of
the stunning Hafod Eryri Visitor Centre. Lots
to see and do in lakeside Padarn Country
Park. The National Slate Museum recalls
Snowdonias rich industrial heritage, Electric
Mountain invites you into its awesome
high-tech underground world, while
Dolbadarn Castle takes you back a thousand
years to the time of the native Welsh
princes. If that isnt enough there are craft
shops and watersports too, though most
outdoor fans come for the walking. Follow
the self-guided Llanberis Heritage Trails
taking you to fascinating places around
the village.
Former slate quarrying village on doorstep
of the dramatic Nant Ffrancon Pass, Ogwen
Falls and some of North Waless wildest
mountain scenery. On the Ln Las Ogwen
cycle and walking path. Caban near Gerlan
is a hostel catering for outdoor enthusiasts.
Exciting new Zip World attraction in
Penrhyn Quarry to be opened in 2013.
Gwynedds county town, home to Waless
most famous castle, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Mighty Caernarfon Castle
commands the lions share of attention,
but the towns narrow streets and stylishly
redeveloped waterfront also merit a visit.
The castle, built in the 13th century by
Edward I as a royal palace and military
fortress, was at the core of a medieval
walled town. The Romans left their mark
too 1,000 years earlier they constructed
their fort of Segontium on the hill above
(its foundations still exist). The story of the
town is told in a new exhibition at Oriel
Dinas Dinlle
Editors choice fve top
attractions (there are
lots more)
Two in one on Yr Wyddfa/
Snowdon ride to the top on
the Snowdon Mountain Railway
and admire the Hafod Eryri Visitor
Centre (and the views, of course).
Ride Europes longest zip wire at
the new Zip World attraction,
National Slate Museum,
Llanberis amazingly evocative
slate workshops, just like stepping
back in time.
Greenwood Forest Park,
Y Felinheli family-friendly
attraction thats also eco-friendly.
Great fun!
Caernarfon Castle well,
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Its one of those places that never closes,
even on a Sunday in deep and dark
December. How could it? Theres too much
demand. This bustling mountain resort, the
official gateway village to Snowdonia in
a beautiful location amongst woods and
riverbanks, has been consistently popular
since Victorian times and the coming of the
railway. Many attractions, including railway
museum, golf course, high ropes adventure,
waymarked walks and famous Swallow
Falls. Town has an excellent refurbished
Snowdonia National Park Information
Centre with Princes of Gwynedd exhibition,
and an outstanding range of shops selling
quality crafts, clothing and outdoor gear.
Host of activities too, including climbing,
mountain biking and horse riding. Betws y
Coed is a convenient hub for the Princes of
Gwynedd Historic Tours, trails based on
the books by Sharon Penman
Village close to all of Snowdonias classic
terrain, familiar to every self-respecting
climber and mountain walker. Local shops
sell mountaineering and outdoor wear.
Home of Plas y Brenin National Mountain
Centre, which offers courses and tuition in
outdoor activities for all abilities.
Village on the A5 at the southern gateway
to Hiraethog, with 2-acre fly fishing
lake and Waless largest go karting centre.
Nearby Llyn Brenig and the smaller Llyn
Alwen are reservoirs with plentiful leisure
facilities, including walking, cycling, fishing
and sailing. Go first to Brenigs informative
visitor centre. For more cycling and walking
(plus horse riding) head for the Clocaenog
Forest. Along with the nearby village of
Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, Cerrigydrudion is a
good touring base for all of North Wales.
The walled town of Conwy and its dark-
stoned castle evoke an authentic medieval
atmosphere. Spectacular views from the
fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
and town walls down into the narrow
streets and across the estuary. Theres
history at almost every turn Elizabethan
Plas Mawr, Aberconwy House, Thomas
Telfords castellated suspension bridge,
quirky smallest house. Conwys Tourist
Information Centre has a flagship exhibition
that tells the story of the Princes of
Gwynedd with imaginative interactive
displays. Other attractions include river
cruises, art gallery and RSPB nature reserve
with recently improved visitor centre.
Bodnant Garden, the new Bodnant Welsh
Food Centre and the start of the Cambrian
Way long-distance path all nearby.
Mountain-backed seaside resort with a
good stretch of sandy beach. Activities
include windsurfing, golf, angling, croquet.
Birdwatching at Traeth Lafan Nature
Reserve. Good walking base, reflected in its
Walkers are Welcome accreditation ask
at Conwy Tourist Information Centre for the
Llanfairfechan Walks publication describing
five town and country routes, or download
Llanfairfechan Walks from
Peaceful village on the River Medrad just off
the A5. To find out more about sheep and
the art of shepherding visit Ewe-phoria, a
local attraction thats fun and informative.
Good walking centre.
Be Betw tws y Coed
This is an intriguing area, very different to the rough, tough rocky
mountains of neighbouring Snowdonia. The River Conwy fows through
a broad, sheltered vale carpeted with rich farmland. Its fanked on the
west by thick forests and to the east by the heather moors and woods of
Hiraethog (otherwise known as the Denbigh Moors), a huge expanse of
unexplored upland. All in all, its an area of great variety, with tumbling
falls, wooded gorges, mountain lakes, high moorland and a charming
stretch of the North Wales coast. Theres also a great choice of places
to stay everything from traditional market towns and villages to
seaside resorts.
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Dyffryn Conwy a Hiraethog
Stagecoaches use to stop here on the main
route into North Wales, at a village well
located for exploring the Vale of Conwy and
Hiraethog. Todays travellers especially
chocoholics stop off at the Riverside
Chocolate House and Tearoom for delicious
hand-made goodies.
One of the prettiest little villages in Wales.
Attractive walks into the hills following the
Roman Road. Conwy Water Gardens (otters,
fishery, aquatic centre and reptile house)
The villages long-established woollen mill
produces distinctive Welsh tapestries and
tweeds. Llyn Crafnant, a fishing lake, and
Llyn Geirionydd, popular for watersports,
hide themselves away in the forested
hills above. Explore the villages idyllic
surroundings by following some of the
Trefriw Trails.
Handsome capital and historic market
town for the Vale of Conwy. Nearby Gwydir
Castle and Gwydir Uchaf Chapel reveal
more of the areas eventful past. Ask in
local shops for the circular walk leaflet
or download from
Theres also a recently established Lady
Marys Walk in the nearby Gwydyr Forest, a
trail which introduces you to local history
(and characters like Dafydd ap Siencyn,
the forests own Robin Hood) as well as
revealing wonderful views over Llanrwst
(for details go to the Llanrwst Digital Tourist
Information Point).
Mountain village beautifully located
amongst open countryside and forested
hills. Fascinating National Trust site nearby
Ty Mawr Wybrnant was the birthplace of
Bishop William Morgan whose translation
of the Bible into Welsh ensured the survival
of the language. Penmachno Forest has a
well-developed network of mountain biking
trails. Handy Penmachno and Dolwyddelan
Walks guide (including detailed maps)
available from Betws y Coed TIC. Go
Below Underground Adventures based in
Conwy Falls Caf offer exciting trips into an
abandoned mine.
Holiday resort with attractive promenade
looking out across Conwy Bay to Anglesey.
Sandy beach, paddling pool, childrens
playground. Small museum recalls
Penmaenmawrs quarrying past. Good coast
and country walking locally, including the
waymarked quarrymans walk and scenic
North Wales Path.
Editors choice fve top
attractions (there are
lots more)
Bodnant Welsh Food new
centre for all things foodie (and its
next to Bodnant Garden, another
Conwy Castle not just the
castle but also the fortified walls
and town crammed with medieval
Llyn Brenig, a big reservoir with
lots of leisure facilities. Fascinating
Bronze Age history and wildlife
Snowdon Sherpa its a no-
brainer. Park the car, hop on the
bus and see Snowdonia the green
way (Betws y Coed is a handy
starting point).
Swallow Falls combine a visit
to this famous beauty spot with
shopping in Betws y Coed.
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Former slate capital of the world with a
strange, compelling beauty, abundant in
cultural tourism. Screes of broken slate
tumble down steep-sided mountains,
mixing with Snowdonias natural grandeur.
Glimpse into Blaenaus unique history at the
Llechwedd Slate Caverns, one of Waless
most successful tourist attractions. Town
centre improvements have revitalised
the shopping area, and words, sayings,
quarrying terms and local poetry have
been inscribed into the streetscape see
the excellent interpretive booklet available
locally or online at www.blaenauffestiniog.
org/poetry (you can also download a sound
file to your smartphone). Make a day of
it and travel here by the narrow-gauge
Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog. Bring
the bike: the new Antur Stiniog mountain
biking centre including thrilling downhill
trails are now open.
Small, picturesque harbour village, the
seaside arm of nearby Porthmadog.
Beautiful estuary and mountain views. An
enticing introduction to Llyn. Morfa Bychan
and Black Rock Sands are nearby.
Victorian charm comes to the seaside
with a medieval castle thrown in for
good measure. Cricieths two beaches are
separated by a headland fortress with a
fascinating, eventful history. The little resort
is full of Victorian character and flowers.
Numerous restaurants and quality hotels,
many with dreamy views across Cardigan
Bay. Perfect spot for exploring Snowdonias
mountains and the Llyn Peninsula. Excellent
coarse fishing nearby at Bron Eifions
six-acre lake. New Princes of Gwynedd
exhibition in the castle during Spring 2013.
This area neatly sums up why were known as Snowdonia Mountains
and Coast. It has a foot in both camps, coast and country, with the lively
harbour town of Porthmadog on the dividing line. Go a mile or so west
of Porthmadog and youre walking on sands at the start of the Lly n
Peninsula. In the other direction, jump on a little railway and climb up
the wooded Vale of Ffestiniog into the mountains. This part of Wales is
especially rich in history and heritage, refected in a fascinating choice
of places to visit and cultural attractions. |
41 Cricieth, Porthmadog a Dyffryn Ffestiniog
good base for walkers and cyclists follow
the Llyn Coastal Path and Ln Ardudwy bike
route. The town itself is also an attractive
place to explore on foot, especially since
the recently completed bypass has taken
much of the traffic away from the centre.
Another well-located walking and cycling
base close to mountains and the trails in
the Coed y Brenin Forest Park. Waterbus
boat trips on Llyn Trawsfynydd, and in 2013
there will be a new building and jetty for
users of the lake, including anglers, kayakers,
cyclists, walkers and birdwatchers. Visit Llys
Ednowain Hostel and Heritage Centre which
gives a glimpse into local culture and the
Trawsfynydd of old.
Architecturally pleasing village with elegant,
spacious town square, created by 19th-
century entrepreneur William Madocks
(who also built The Cob at Porthmadog).
Birthplace of TE Lawrence (Lawrence of
Small village near Cricieth, boyhood
home of David Lloyd George. Village has a
museum dedicated to one of the greatest
statesmen of the 20th century he
introduced the old-age pension, led the
country as Prime Minister during World War
One, and gave women the vote. Also home
to Ty Newydd National Writers Centre for
Wales. Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm/Animal
Park and Dragon Raiders Paintball both
close by.
Busy harbour town with a good range of
shops and attractions, including nearby
Portmeirion. You cant keep narrow-gauge
railway enthusiasts away. Porthmadog
is a major hub, with no less than three
lines the Ffestiniog (running to Blaenau
Ffestiniog), the shorter Welsh Highland
Heritage (with its excellent hands-on
railway museum) and the similarly named
but separate Welsh Highland (all the way
to Caernarfon). Actually, there are four,
for the Welsh Highland Heritage also has a
tiny miniature line which uses coal from its
bigger brother broken down into smaller
lumps! Trains were not the only mode of
transport in Porthmadogs history as an
important hub based on the slate industry.
The towns Maritime Museum tells the
story of how the town grew rapidly in the
19th century from open fields to a thriving
slate exporting and shipbuilding port for
handsome three-masted schooners known
as Western Ocean Yachts. Porthmadogs
best-loved landmark is The Cob, a mile-long
embankment across the estuary that shaped
the destiny of the town. Porthmadog is a
Editors choice fve top
attractions (there are
lots more)
Railway mania. Were cheating
here. We cant stick to one
attraction there are three narrow-
gauge lines, all at Porthmadog.
The exciting new Antur Stiniog
mountain biking trails at
Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Portmeirion fantasy village
where Italy meets North Wales.
Cricieth Castle a medieval
Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog
explore the gorgeous gardens and
grounds of the Snowdonia National
Parks Study Centre.
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Blaenau Ffestiniog
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Borth-y-Gest, near PPoorthmadog
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Ar r A an an MMou o nt t ntai a ns ns
A small town thats a big outdoor centre
for Snowdonia, famous internationally
for events like white water canoeing,
swimming, cycling and triathlons. But you
dont need to be an ironman to appreciate
Bala. Its outdoors scene has a broad appeal,
with a good choice of gentle as well as
adventurous activities. Much of the action
is centred on 4-mile-long Llyn Tegid, the
largest natural lake in Wales. Nearby River
Tryweryn is another major aquatic asset,
providing reliable white water, even during
the summer when many rivers are low.
Bala is one of the few Welsh towns with
Walkers are Welcome accreditation
( Scenic paths
include a walk around the lake (you can also
ride along its southern shore on the narrow-
gauge Bala Lake Railway). Theres inspiring
cycling too, with six waymarked bike routes
and the Aran and Arenig mountains above.
Bala is steeped in Welsh culture and history
a plaque tells the famous story of 16-year-
old Mary Jones who walked to Bala across
the mountains to collect a Welsh Bible
in 1800. Such links continue: the activity
centre for the Urdd Welsh League of Youth
is located at nearby Glan-llyn (where family
groups can also stay).
Snowdonia might start in the far north around Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon.
But thats not the end of it. The Snowdonia National Park extends
eastwards and southwards, across to Bala and almost all the way down to
Machynlleth. These highlands are greener and rounder than those in the
rocky north but theyre still seriously mountainous. Dolgellaus Cader
Idris and the Aran and Arenigs above Bala are lofty outposts, looking
down across a landscape of traditional farmland, forest and outstandingly
beautiful lakes. In the Coed y Brenin Forest Park theres world-class
mountain biking and family-friendly walking.
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Deheudir Eryri
A town thats going places. Its go-ahead
attitude is reflected in an ever-improving
range of local events and festivals, outdoor
activities and places to stay and eat. But
Dolgellaus natural resources remain its
number-one asset. The handsome, dark-
stoned market town is set beneath Cader
Idris, the legendary Chair of Idris, on
the approach to the beautiful Mawddach
Estuary. Call into Ty Siamas, the innovative
National Centre for Welsh Folk Music, and
the Quaker Heritage Centre. The town is
one of the handiest bases for exploring all
of Snowdonia Mountains and Coast but
dont miss the many local beauty spots
such as the aptly named Precipice Walk and
Mawddach Trail along the waterside for
9 miles to Barmouth/Abermaw (theres a
longer, more mountainous Mawddach Way
too). Cycling and horse riding also popular
locally Dolgellau is a specially chosen
Cycle Breaks centre with a fine range of
road and off-road routes. The Coed y Brenin
Forest Park is nearby, with mountain biking
trails for all abilities plus a host of other
outdoor attractions and facilities, including
downloadable MP3 audio trails.
Former slate village with a quaint,
unconventional beauty set within the
Dyfi Forest. Boasts a surprisingly rich vein
of local attractions, including the Centre
for Alternative Technology, King Arthurs
Labyrinth, Bards Quest and Corris Craft
Centre, along with the narrow-gauge
Corris Railway and Museum. Underground
tours with Corris Mine Explorers, thrilling
mountain biking in the forest, excellent
fishing at Llyn Myngul, challenging walking
on Cader Idris.
Village with an Alpine-style setting amongst
steep, forested hillsides. Large craft centre in
former woollen mill is a popular attraction.
Take a trip up into the mountains to Bwlch y
Groes, the highest pass in Wales. The
little village is also a good walking and
fishing centre.
Editors choice fve top
attractions (there are
lots more)
Coed y Brenin Forest Park
lots to do, including mountain
biking, walking, Go Ape! high ropes
and picnicking.
Centre for Alternative
Technology visionary village
of the future that excites and
Bala Lake Railway ride this
narrow-gauge line. Its the best way
to enjoy the views.
King Arthurs Labyrinth, Corris
sail underground by boat, then
back on the surface visit the Bards
Quest and Corris Craft Centre.
Precipice Walk the name says
it all.
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There are at least two compelling reasons to
visit. Its surely one of Britains prettiest little
seaside resorts. Located where the River
Dyfi meets the waters of Cardigan Bay,
its also a popular sailing and watersports
venue. Pastel-coloured terraces front a large
sandy beach and quaint old harbour. Golf
is also popular at Aberdyfis famous links
course, one of Waless finest. Local museum
is dedicated to the ports shipbuilding past.
Pretty, mountain-locked former slate village
at one end of the scenic narrow-gauge
Talyllyn Railway. Spectacular walking
country Cader Idris is close by, along with
the hamlet of Llanfihangel-y-Pennant made
famous by Mary Jones who walked barefoot
from here to Bala in 1800 to collect a Welsh
Bible. Gentle lakeside walks too, along
nearby Llyn Myngul. Just beyond the lake
visit Ystradgwyn Chapel Heritage Centre
(open twice weekly in summer). Cyclists
can follow the Ln Dysynni cycle route. In
the mountains explore Bird Rock and the
moody ruins of Castell-y-Bere.
Popular resort on the entrance to the
beautiful Mawddach Estuary. Pretty harbour
overlooked by the headland of Dinas Oleu,
birthplace of the National Trust. Lots to
see and do traditional seaside fun on the
promenade and in the small fairground, two
miles of superb sandy beach, good choice
of accommodation. Take a walk up into
the hills for panoramic views of sea and
mountains, or follow the Mawddach Trail
along the idyllic old rail route to Dolgellau.
Discover the towns history in the Sailors
Institute located around the harbour along
with Ty Gwyns shipwreck museum and
Ty Crwn Round House. Theres also a
Lifeboat Museum.
Heres a surprise. Snowdonia isnt just mountains. Our boundaries include
some of the sandiest, most spectacular stretches of coastline in Britain.
The northern arc of Cardigan Bay much of it in the National Park is
one of outstanding beauty. Mountains sweep down to the sea in a series
of stunning estuaries and big beaches. In the hills youll fnd remote
beauty spots, mountain lakes and exhilarating walking. Or sit back and
let the train take the strain on narrow-gauge railways and the mainline
Cambrian Coast Railway.
Ab A er e dy yfi
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Bae Ceredigion
Scenery and history come together here
ancient standing stones and remains of an
Iron Age hillfort can be seen in the slopes
above, and the village has a fascinating
Quaker past, with two sites on the Dolgellau
Quaker Trail. More religious heritage at
nearby Llangelynnin, at the medieval Church
of St Celynnin overlooking the sea. Good
local amenities with sheltered beach, shop,
pub with restaurant and railway station.
Close to beautiful Dysynni Valley, Bird Rock
and the mysterious Blue Lake. A great spot
for walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing,
surfing, relaxing, and touring many nearby
Seaside resort and touring base. Attractions
include large sandy beach and narrow-
gauge Talyllyn Railway that travels deep into
the hills and Magic Lantern Tywyn Cinema.
Many local beauty spots Ynysmaengwyn
Park, Dolgoch Falls, Bird Rock, Llyn Myngul
and Castell-y-Bere, atmospheric stronghold
of the Welsh princes.
Traditional village well located for coast
and country. Prehistoric burial chamber an
important local site. Inland, visit remote
Llyn Cwm Bychan and the mysterious
Roman Steps that climb up into the remote
Rhinogydd mountains.
Seaside village on opposite side of the
Mawddach Estuary to Barmouth/Abermaw.
Big sandy beach. Take a ride on the
Fairbourne Railway, the smallest of Waless
narrow-gauge railways (with ferry link across
the estuary).
A must see little town, not just for the
views across the dunes but also for its
clifftop medieval castle, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Royal St Davids is one of
Waless top golf courses. Attractions
include Theatr Harlech, craft shops and
excellent leisure centre with indoor pool,
caf and new climbing wall over 30ft high,
the most exciting in southern Snowdonia.
Taste Hufenfa Castells delicious artisan ice
cream. Visit Y Lasynys Fawr (just off the
B4573 north of Harlech), a historic house
dating from the 16th century and home
to 17th-/18th-century author Ellis Wynne
(for visiting details contact 01766 781395
Quaint village on the doorstep of Shell
Island (so-called for the variety of its shells).
Inland, explore the Rhinogydd, the last
true mountain wilderness left in Wales.
The Wild Side outdoor pursuits company
offers guided wild camping and walking
expeditions into the Rhinogydd. Visit the
nearby Chwarel Hn Llanfair Slate Caverns.
Editors choice fve top
attractions (there are
lots more)
Barmouth/Abermaw to
Fairbourne and back walk
over the railway bridge or catch
the train to Fairbourne, then return
on the narrow-gauge Fairbourne
Railway and Barmouth Ferry.
Harlech Castle its one of those
places you have to experience.
Medieval power in the raw, and
great views.
Roman Steps follow the minor
road inland from Llanbedr to
Llyn Cwm Bychan, and when the
Tarmac ends get out your walking
Talyllyn Railway ride up a
lovely valley to Abergynolwyn,
stopping off en route at Dolgoch
Aberdyfi Golf Club a legendary
links course, on the hit list of every
self-respecting golfing enthusiast.
Youve read all about it now take a
look at and book your accommodation
(see pages 6971).
Link up
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please see back cover
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Enjoy freedom from
traffic and stunning
mountain views with
our Llyn Peninsula
and Dolgellau cycle
breaks packs.
Aberdaron, Pwllheli LL53 8BE
T: 01758 760207
Iain Roberts
Four star Inn situated on the shores of Aberdaron
Bay. Fantastic views and a guaranteed warm
welcome all year round. En-suite rooms with
sea views. Disabled room available with a lift to
all floors. Dine in the restaurant, enjoying meals
cooked with fresh locally produced ingredients.
r11; A11; Open 112; B&B pp 5062.50
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Gwesty Ty Newydd 6A
Morfa Nefyn, Pwllheli LL53 6YQ
T: 01758 720455 M: 07711 540999
Jan Harrison
All bedrooms are luxuriously appointed each with
tea & coffee making facilities and hairdryer, with
outstanding country views. Guests have their own
lounge, separate Breakfast Room and free Wi-Fi.
Ideal for business and holiday visitors alike.
Fabulous breakfast with eggs from our own girls.
Garden patio with chess and croquet.
r4; A1; Open 112; B&B pp 37.5057.50 inclusive of full English breakfast.
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Graeanfryn Farm 5B
Hendre Penprys, Pentre Uchaf,
Pwllheli LL53 8EZ
T: 01758 750505
Centrally located on the Lly n Peninsula with
views of Yr Eifl and Snowdonia beyond. Our
luxury rooms each have their own private
access. All rooms include Egyptian cotton
bedding, freeview TV with DVD, comfortable
seating, tea and coffee facilities. Near
Portmeirion, steam railways, coastal walking,
beaches and much more.
r3; A3; Open 112; B&B pp 3037.50;
Stay 3 nights or more to receive a 10% discount.
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Hendre Barns 5C
Llithfaen, Pwllheli LL53 6NL
T: 01758 750334 F: 01758 750335
Mair Saunders
Large multi-purpose function room for up to 300.
Four 4 cottages. Contact us for information on:
Welsh courses Weddings Conferences
Meetings Events Heritage Centre
Exhibitions Guided Tours Caf
r30; A30; Open 112; B&B pp 5566; Self Catering: Sleeps 26; Weekly:
per unit 300975; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 190560. Welsh Language
& Heritage Centre and gift shop; Open: JanDec, 7 days (10am5pm) Free entry.
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Group Accommodation
The Old Rectory, Boduan, Pwllheli LL53 6DT
T: 01758 721519
Gary & Lindsay Ashcroft
A tastefully decorated Geogian home set in three
acres of gardens and paddocks. Centrally situated
and close to beaches, marina, golf and restaurants.
All rooms en-suite and individually styled with
beautiful linen, toiletries, tea-tray and TV. Ample
parking for boats etc. Self catering cottage also
r3; A3; Open 112; B&B pp 4560
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The Old Rectory 5B
Bodwi Farm Holidays
Bodwi Farm, Mynytho Road, Abersoch,
Pwllheli LL53 7SG T: 01758 713631 Jackie Griffith
Situated in an area of outstanding natural
beauty, views of sea and open farmland.
1.5 miles from Abersoch. Enjoy a relaxing
holiday in highly equipped stone cottages,
each with own garden. 5 cottages.
Brochure tel Mrs Griffith on 01758
713631. Short breaks available.
Open 112; Sleeps 28;
Weekly: per unit from 250;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: from 150
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An exciting and exceptional new
development of two large cottages to sleep
10 and 14, with saunas, steam-showers,
granite top high-spec kitchens and more.
Deri Lleyn and Gadlas are less than a
mile away from our other three cottages
sleeping 7, 5 and 4 here at the working
farm Crugeran. Surrounded by glorious
countryside. Enjoy quality time with friends
or family, relax in the whirlpool-type baths
after walking the Lleyn/Lly n Coastal Path,
or bouncing on our trampolines. Our
guests return. Searching for that feel good
factor its here! Welcome Croeso.
Crugeran, Sarn Meyllteyrn,
Pwllheli LL53 8DT
T: 01758 730375
Rhian Parry
Open 112; Sleeps 124; Weekly: per unit 2201800;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 1501050
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Llanengan, Abersoch, Pwllheli LL53 7LG
T: 01286 831184
Elisabeth Evans
Spacious, well-equipped cottage overlooking Porth
Neigwl (Hells Mouth Bay). Beach 300 yards with
private access. Sitting room opening onto patio and
large lawn. Three bedrooms, sleeps six. Beautiful
coastal walks on doorstep. Surfing, cycling
routes, golfing, bird watching. Abersoch 2 miles.
Cleanliness guaranteed. Short breaks.
No pets. No smoking. Croeso.
Open 310; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 250650;
Short Break: 3 nights from: 150
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Tyddyn Difyr 6B
Pen-y-Bryn, Goleu, Llanbedrog,
Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7RE
T: 01758 740741
M: 07887 622393
Mrs P J Brookes
Beautiful location, excellent views to sea, beach
and Snowdonia. Convenient for all areas. 19th
century converted stone cottage with low beams.
Extremely comfortable and cosy. One double
bedroom and one twin bedded room. Fully fitted
kitchen and bathroom. Brochure on request. Short
breaks available out of season. Parking for 2 cars.
Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit 250450;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 180210
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Y Bwthyn 5B
Mynytho, Pwllheli LL53 7PS
T: 01286 830144
Elaine Moss
Bron Rg is situated just 3 miles from Abersoch,
and provides the perfect base for exploring the
Lly n Peninsula, Caernarfon, Anglesey and the
surrounding countryside of Snowdonia. The
Victorian detached stone cottage, set in enclosed
lawned gardens, has been renovated to provide
the highest standards in self-catering facilities.
Open 31; Sleeps 6; Weekly: per unit 340775;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 220
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Bron Rg 5B
Edern, Pwllheli LL53 8YY
T: 01758 720435
Mrs Annwen Jones
Relax and enjoy a peaceful break in this beautiful
cottage, views of open countryside and hills. Ideal
base to explore the Lleyn Peninsula. Close to
beaches, golf courses and the coastal path. Ideal
for walkers and cyclists. Ample parking for cars,
boats etc. Storage available for bikes.
Open 112; Sleeps 16; Weekly: per unit 290640;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 60
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Bryn Crin 5B
Brynhyfryd, built by William Jones, a
successful shipbuilder, in c1842, stands in
well-kept grounds over looking the harbour
and marina, with views over Cardian Bay to
the mountains of mid-Wales. Shops, pubs,
beaches and the sailing club are within ten
minutes walk.
We welcome guests into Bwthyn (two
bedrooms) a cottage within our grounds
and Brynbach (one bedroom) a self-
contained garden flat within our house.
Within our grounds we provide table tennis,
badminton, croquet, a barbecue grill and
garden furniture.
Caernarfon Road, Pwllheli LL53 5LG
T: 01758 613501
Open 3-11; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 250495
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Rhoshirwaun, Pwllheli LL53 8HY

T: 01758 780 318
Mrs Lowri Thomas
A tastefully semi-detached 4 star barn conversion
for 2 (plus 1 child). 3 miles from the picturesque
village of Aberdaron. Cosy, comfortable and warm.
Open plan with a mix of modern and antique
furnishings. Log burner for those cosy nights in after
a special day of walking the coastal path. Explore
the sandy beaches and the countryside and have a
restful night in the king size bed. Croeso cynnes.
Open 112; Sleeps 12; Weekly: per unit 270370
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Bwthyn Meillionydd Bach 6A
Looking for a family holiday, romantic short
break, a walking holiday with friends or a
large family get together? Look no further!
Three luxury converted barns sleeping 4,
6 and 8, in beautiful countryside with sea
views. Ideally located for exploring the
peninsula's sandy beaches, coastal walks,
golf courses, horse riding, boat trips etc.
Well-equipped kitchens, underfloor
heating, Nintendo Wii, WiFi, patio areas,
large garden and washing/dryer facilities,
Pets accepted. Towels provided. Welcome
hamper with homemade Bara Brith on
arrival. Just relax!
Carrog, Llangwnadl, Pwllheli LL53 8NL
T/F: 01758 730670
Mrs Carol Thomas
Open 112; Sleeps 218; Weekly: per unit 250870; Short Break: 3 nights per unit:
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Carrog Farm Cottages 5B

Cefn Coed Holiday
Open 112; Sleeps 116; Weekly: per
unit 240760; Short Break: 3 nights
per unit: 160230 F } C Z A
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Ln Goed, Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6NX
T: 01766 810259
Julie Hughes
Enjoy a peaceful holiday in our comfortable
19th century cottages, fully equipped,
enclosed gardens, safe play area. Panoramic
views of Cardigan Bay coast and mountains.
Ideal base to explore Snowdonia.

Bwlchtocyn, Abersoch LL53 7BY
T: 01758 712 860
Mrs Margaret Cook
Quality non-smoking accommodation in a
peaceful, beautiful, rural, coastal location.
Spotlessly clean, well equipped with bed made
up for arrival. Full central heating even to the
conservatory and additional fire in lounge. Set in
2 acres with private garden and parking. Perfect
for exploring the Lly n Peninsula or just relaxing.
Open 310; Sleeps 2; Weekly: per unit 220380
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Crowrach Bach 6B
Dwynant Dinas, Pwllheli LL53 85P
T: 01758 770606
Ann Jones
Immaculate Country Cottage is located
in peaceful countryside in the very heart
of Lly n Peninsula. Seaside resorts Morfa
Nefyn, Nefyn, Abersoch, 15 minutes drive.
Peace tranquility ideal! Firm favourite with
returning guests.
Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit
275; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 125
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Morfa Nefyn, Pwllheli LL53 8UR
T: 01758 720684 or 07771 677449
Enjoy a peaceful, relaxing holiday in our newly
renovated farmhouse near beautiful Lly n coast.
Ideally situated for mountain, coastal and country
walks. 5 minutes by car from beaches, shops,
golf, riding and fishing. Extremely comfortable
& well-equipped comprising: 3 bedrooms;
bathroom; lounge; kitchen/dining. Large garden
and parking space. Central heating optional.
Open 112; Sleeps 25; Weekly: per unit from 220
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: from 120
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Garreg Lwyd Farm 5B
Gorwel Holiday Cottage
Broom Hall Road, Abererch,
Pwllheli LL53 6PN
T/F: 01758 612805
B. Grayson
Attractive stone cottage. Stunning elevated
sea views. Very comfortable. Modern
kitchen. Luxury bathroom. Four bedrooms
one en-suite. Large car park, 2 patios,
large garden. Electricity & linen included.
Heating, TV & DVD
Open 112; Sleeps 28;
Weekly: per unit 600990;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 400
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Gwynfryn is an organic dairy farm on
the outskirts of Pwllheli in the heart of
the Lleyn Peninsula. Old farm buildings
have been converted into cosy quality
cottages sleeping between 28. All the
comforts of home with Wi-Fi connection
in each unit. For those rainy days we
have a heated indoor pool, sauna,
jacuzzi, fitness room, and for the more
energetic a tennis court, indoor/outdoor
play area, trampoline and tractors. From
May until the end of August a weekly
BBQ is arranged giving mum a well
deserved night off. Don't book a holiday,
book an experience, much more than
Gwynfryn Farm, Pwllhelli, Gwynedd LL53 5UF
T: 01758 612536 F: 01758 613771 Sharon Ellis
Open 112; Sleeps 28; Weekly: per unit 2251350;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 180480
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Gwynfryn Farm Holidays Ltd 5C
on a budget
For information on special
offers, places to visit, free
attractions and things to
do contact our Tourist
Information Centres
(see back cover for details).
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Lly n Peninsula Farm Holidays
For free colour brochure contact:
T: 01758 712570
Owner booking cuts cost.
Come stay with us on the beautiful Lly n Peninsula,
area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy:
panoramic views boat trips walking
golfing surfing pony trekking
Yes! all pastimes are catered for on the Lleyn.
Open 112; Sleeps 112; POA; Short Breaks available
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Llyn Peninsula Farm Holidays 6B
Rhoshirwaun, Pwllheli LL53 8HY
T: 01758 780 318
Mrs Lowri Thomas
Relax, unwind in a tastefully furnished
accommodation. Near the picturesque village of
Aberdaron. Ideally situated for coastal and country
walks. Numerous sandy beaches to explore. Oil CH
and electricity inclusive. Free linen, towels. New for
2013 Log burner for those cosy nights in. Special
rates for 12 persons. Also new barn conversion
sleeping 2. Croeso cynnes.
Open 310; Sleeps 15; Weekly: per unit 270470
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Meillionydd Bach 6A
Sea Front Holiday Flats
4 and 21 West End Parade,
Pwllheli LL53 5PN
T: 01614 454218
M: 07780 703235
Mrs C. Woski
Sea front holiday flats overlooking beautiful
beach. 50 yards from beach. Well equipped.
Spacious. All flats with fantastic sea view.
Studio, 2 and 3 bedrooms flats. Close to golf
course, marina leisure centre. 10 minutes walk
to town. Ideal for sailing, fishing and walking.
Open 112; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit
165440; Short Break: 3 nights per
unit: from 120
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Pwllheli LL53 8ET
T: 01758 730767
Ann Griffith
Rural location situated at the end of a quiet lane,
safe for children. Stunning views of the Lly n
Peninsula. Short drive from many sandy beaches
including Aberdaron, Abersoch and Whistling
Sands. Ideal base for cycling and coastal walks.
Open 112; Sleeps 6; Weekly: per unit 170400;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 100150
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Sychnant 6B
Lon Garmon, Abersoch LL53 7UL
T: 01758 713223
The nearest Camping and Touring Park to the
renowned village of Abersoch, a short stroll
away, with its beautiful beaches. Elevated park
with excellent panoramic views of Snowdonia,
Cambrian Mountains, Hells Mouth and Bardsey
Island. The nearest shop is just 5 minutes walk
away in the tiny picturesque village of Llangian.

Touring & Camping Park

Tyn-y-Mur Touring & Camping Park 6B
Open 112; Pitches: Touring 40, Tents 52; Touring Daily 1825
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Graeanfryn Farm
Morfa Nefyn, Pwllheli LL53 6YQ
T: 01758 720455 M: 07711 540999
Jan Harrison
Outstanding country views. Level grass,
BBQ, picnic area. 1 mile from sandy
beaches. Pub with food and play area
500 yds. Shop mile. New toilets and
landscaping. Fresh eggs. Friendly
family site.
Open 310; Statics:1; Statics for hire:1;
Pitches: Touring & Tents 40; Touring Daily
1530; Static Weekly: 300395
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Walkers and cyclists welcome
Walking and cycling enthusiasts should look out
for this sign, which includes the boot and
wheel symbols. Some properties qualify for
both symbols, others just the one.
The symbols are displayed by properties that
have undertaken to provide features which
walkers and cyclists always find welcome.
They include drying facilities for wet clothes and
boots, secure lockable areas for bikes, adequate
storage space for rucksacks and packed lunches.
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Llyn Peninsula
To order a copy
tel 01286 672232
Come for the castle,
stay for the town
1 High Street, Bangor LL57 1DQ
T: 01248 362189 F: 01248 371328
Mr Andrew Lui
The Hotel is situated on the High Street, close
to Bangor railway station, with 10 en-suite
bedrooms and delicious freshly-prepared
food and fine wines served every day in a
warm welcoming atmosphere. Saint Deiniol's
Cathedral, University and Penrhyn Castle all
within walking distance makes us an ideal
place to stay.
r11; A10; Open 112; B&B pp 39.5045
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Guest Accommodation
Garden Hotel 2D
Beddgelert LL55 4YB
T: 01766 890347 F: 01766 890606
Mr W A Hughes
Located in the centre of the village, which is
situated at the head of the magnificent Glaslyn
Pass in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.
All rooms furbished to the highest standard.
Family rooms available, TV in bedrooms.
Mastercard, Visa, Eurocheque, Switch, Delta
accepted. Robinsons traditional draught beers.
r7; A7; Open 112; B&B pp 50;
2 night B&B pp: 87.50; Weekly: B&B pp 250
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Tanronnen Inn 4E
Bontnewydd, Caernarfon LL54 7YF
T: 01286 830214
Andy and Julian offer friendly and attentive service
at their Gold Award winning luxury country house.
The historic building has nine individually designed
rooms with free Wi-Fi, great views, Molton Brown
toiletries and other little touches. Evening meals
availiable. Trip Advisor Excellence Award winner.
Close to tourist attractions including Snowdon.
r9; A9; Open 112; B&B pp 64.50137.50
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Plas Dinas Country House 3D

Guest Accommodation
North Road, Caernarfon LL55 1BA
T: 01286 675589
Mrs V Ashcroft
A five minute walk to the town centre for
eating, visiting the castle, harbour and
Welsh Highland Railway. Visit Snowdonia
Lly n Peninsula, Isle of Anglesey, heritage
sites, slate/copper mines.

Guest Accommodation
Bron Menai Guest House 3D
r10; A10; Open 112;
B&B pp 3035;
2 night B&B pp: 5060
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St Davids Road, Caernarfon,
Gwynedd LL55 1EL
T: 01286 673840 M: 07775 627299
Mrs Eunice Diana Royle
A tastefully furnished Victorian town house
with views over the Menai Straits. Bright and
pleasant en-suite bedrooms, one with private
roof garden. Close to castle and town centre.
Ideal location for mountains, lakes and beaches.
A warm welcome awaits you in this family run
guest house. Alarmed storage for motorbikes
and cycles.
r2; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 3032.50
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Guest House
Brynhyfryd 3D
This deluxe hotel offers 110 luxurious
en-suite bedrooms, fine dining, art deco
bar, stylish conference facilities hosting
300 delegates. 1600 sq feet dance floor,
leisure club with 16 mtr pool. Situated
in the historical town of Caernarfon
by the Snowdonia National Park, near
Welsh Castles, gardens, golf courses and
beaches. Easy access to Bangor Station,
Holyhead Ferry Port and Manchester
and Liverpool Airports. Special overnight
packages available.
Bangor Street, Caernarfon LL55 1AY
T: 01286 674477 F: 01286 674139

r110; A110; Open 112; B&B pp 6070;
2 night D B&B pp: 99190; Weekly: D B&B pp 347525
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Celtic Royal Hotel 3D
Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Villages of Snowdonia
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High Street, Llanberis LL55 4HA
T: 01286 872400
Martin Ross
Lovely, elegant 19th century Welsh stone
house. Comfortable, friendly, informal relaxation
for families, couples and groups. Excellent
breakfast, packed lunches, free parking. Lounge
and drying facilities. Colour TV, tea & coffee
facilities in all rooms. A splendid centrally located
venue for all wanting to enjoy the beautiful
Snowdonia mountain scenery, whether touring,
walking, climbing or cycling. Free Wi-Fi.
r8; A5; Open 112; B&B pp 2835
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Guest House
Erw Fair 3D
High Street, Llanberis LL55 4HA
T: 01286 870207
Mrs Carol Torr
Martin and Carol invite you to share their home set
in a quiet location overlooking Llyn Padarn Lake
yet within walking distance of Snowdon Mountain
Railway, Snowdon path and all amenities. All
bedrooms are en-suite, spacious and have superb
lake views. Delicious breakfast, great hospitality,
private off-road parking, drying facilities. Croeso!
r4; A4; Open 112; B&B pp 3539.50
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Marteg Bed & Breakfast 3D
Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4TY
T: 01286 870253 F: 01286 870149
The hotel is set in 30 acres of gardens and
woodland, cradled between lakes Padarn
and Peris, and dwarfed by mount Snowdon.
The location is simply breathtaking, with two
restaurants, two bars and comfortable en-suite
rooms. An ideal base for exploring North Wales.
Five minutes walk to Llanberis village.
r106; A106; Open 112; B&B pp 2040;
2 night D B&B pp: 69209
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Royal Victoria Hotel 3D
Penisarwaen, LLanberis LL55 3BY
T: 01286 872444 Mrs Janice Jones
A warm Welsh welcome awaits you at Tyddyn
Perthi, a high standard accommodation situated
in the foothills of Snowdonia. A small, family farm
breeding prize winning Welsh Black cattle. There
are tastefully furnished bedrooms with beverage
trays and TVs, the spacious en-suite bathrooms
have cast iron baths and separate showers. Enjoy
a wide choice of breakfast. 5-star self catering
available. Secure Parking. Internet access.
r2; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 3540
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Tyddyn Perthi 3D
Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3AD
T: 01248 670147
Jane Llewelyn Pierce
Comfortable well appointed farmhouse with
uninterrupted views of Snowdon. Centrally situated
between Caernarfon and the mountain range.
Fully centrally heated with log fires in two lounges,
a separate panelled dining room ideal for that
relaxing holiday. Evening meals optional. All rooms
en-suite and very spacious with beverage tray and
freeview TV. Brochure available on request.
Wi-Fi available.
r2; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 3235; 2 night B&Bpp: 6470
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Ty Mawr Farm 3D

Seion, Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3AE
T: 01248 670489 F: 01248 671772
Stephen and Hilary Murphy
Beautiful Country House set in idyllic gardens and
stunning scenery. Close to Snowdon mountain.
Superb cuisine and select wine list. Individually
styled bedrooms with luxury bedding, towels and
robes. Relaxing/romantic breaks. Exclusive use
and select groups also welcome. Open for
afternoon teas, lunch and dinner.
r17; A17; Open 112; B&B pp 47.5082.50;
2 night D B&B pppn: 80115
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Guest Accommodation
Tyn Rhos Country House 3D
Off Ffordd Gwyllt,
Llanfairfechan LL33 OEH
T: 01248 681143
Ruth Carrington
Family run guesthouse with 4 en-suite
rooms. Cosy sitting rooms and a terrace
with panoramic views of mountains and sea.
Evening meals, enjoy home cooking, drinks
licence. Situated 600 feet up in a secluded
valley but only 5 minutes from the main A55.
Private parking.
r4; A4; Open 112; B&B pp 3040
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Guest House
Rhiwiau Guesthouse 2E
Llanrug, Caernarfon LL55 4PY
T: 01286 673190 F: 01286 671883
Cerid Mackinnon
Set in beautiful countryside with views towards
Caernarfon and Anglesey. Ideal setting for a
quiet break. The farm offers a traditional Welsh
welcome and provides all that is best in farmhouse
hospitality. All en-suite bedrooms have colour T.V.,
hairdryer and beverage tray. Free Wi-Fi. Enjoy a
hearty breakfast, packed lunch.
r3; A3; Open 410; B&B pp 3040
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Plas Tirion Farm 3D
Llanrug, Caernarfon,
Gwynedd LL55 2AQ
T: 01286 673366 F: 01286 672840
Situated in 150 acres of mature farmland,
Seiont Manor offers a traditional country house
hotel. The bedrooms are the very essence of
comfort. Dining options include the award-
winning restaurant or the conservatory offers
a more relaxed dining experiece. For relaxing
our swimming pool, sauna and fitness rooms
are perfect.
r28; A28; Open 112; B&B pp 5595;
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Country House Hotel

Seiont Manor Hotel 3D
Hen Ysgol, Bwlch Derwin, Pant Glas LL51 9EQ
T: 01286 660701
Terry J. Gibbins
Beautiful mid-19th century school. Perfectly
situated for the attractions of Snowdonia and Lly n
Peninsula. Set in a peaceful location, off the A487,
midway between Caernarfon and Porthmadog.
Off road parking. Ground floor rooms, wheelchair
accessible. Highly recommended delicious home-
cooked evening meals. Full breakfast choice. Free
Wi-Fi. Sue and Terry offer a very warm welcome.
r4; A4; Open 112; B&B pp 3542; Short Break: 2 night B&B: 6680;
2 night D B&B: 86106; Weekly: B&B pp 224273; Weekly: D B&B pp 364413
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Guest House
Old School Guest House 4D
Nantmor, Beddgelert LL55 4YG
T: 01248 450690
Tony Hirst
Charming spacious cottage in picturesque hamlet
of Nantmor above Glaslyn Valley. Close to Welsh
Highland Railway. Walk Snowdonia hills from
doorstep. Beddgelert 1.5 miles, Porthmadog
7 miles, beach 9 miles. Pine kitchen with rayburn,
dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave. Lounge and
study with beamed ceilings, woodburner. Bedlinen
and towels provided.
Open 112; Sleeps 6; Weekly: per unit 240635;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: from 200
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Bron Meirion Cottage 4E
Nant Gwynant, Beddgelert,
Caernarfon LL55 4NW T: 01299 832077
Mr & Mrs R. Gready
Cosy detatched ancient longhouse by river,
looking straight at Snowdon south ridge,
beautiful surrounding mountains, spectacular
waterfalls. Explore numerous local attractions;
enjoy wonderful walking straight from cottage.
Fuel, bedding, towels included. Two comfortable
bedrooms. Large garden. Parking. Children and
pets welcome. Cot, washing machine, drier,
dishwasher, microwave. Many games, books,
CDs, DVDs, Wi-Fi.
Open 112; Sleeps 14 + cot;
Weekly: per unit 275595; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 175275
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Celyn 4E
Coed Gelert, Beddgelert,
Gwynedd, Caernarfon LL55 4YQ
T: 01766 890880
Five high quality, modern cottages in village centre
with private parking. Fully equipped, including
dishwasher, en-suite facilities, utility/drying room
and garden with patio. Gas central heating,
electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cottages
command views of Glaslyn Valley and surrounding
mountains. Ideal for active or relaxing breaks with
friends or family.
Open 112; Sleeps 16; Weekly: per unit 365865;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 235565
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Coed Gelert Holiday Cottages 4D
Bontnewydd, Caernarfon, LL55 2UD
T: 01766 530618 M: 07503192994
Mrs Ffion A Jones
Cefnwerthyd Beautiful farmhouse set within its
own farmyard, 2 miles from the historic town of
Caernarfon. Ideal for exploring Snowdonia, Anglesey
and Lly n Peninsula. Walking distance from the
main walking and cycling route and the stop of the
steam train of the Welsh Highland Railway. Plenty
of space outside and inside.
Open 112; Sleeps 27 + cot; Weekly: per unit 385771;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 250350
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Cefnwerthyd 3D
Bontnewydd, Caernarfon LL54 7YE
T: 01286 672811
Mr and Mrs Livingston
This small park is situated two miles from the
historic town of Caernarfon. Set into a walled
garden it offers safety, seclusion and beautiful
views of Snowdonia. Village pub and shops
nearby. Choice of caravans or pine lodge
availiable for hire or purchase with two or three
bedrooms available on request.
Open 312; Sleeps 16; Weekly: per unit 220630;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 135340
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Holiday Park
Plas-y-Bryn Chalet Park 3D
Deiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3LU
T: 01286 872478
Paul Dicken
Trosgol Fach, a 175 year-old cottage is a quiet,
comfortable retreat for two with stunning views of
Snowdonia's mountains. The cottage has
Freesat-TV, DVD, and free Wi-Fi access. Sunny
patio facing mountains and attractive garden. Near
Llanberis, perfect for walkers or just relaxing. See
video on
Open 39; Sleeps 2; Weekly: per unit 360380;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 216228
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Trosgol Fach 3D
Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Villages of Snowdonia
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Deiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3LU
T: 01286 872478
Paul Dicken
At 1200ft, Trosgol Fawr has breathtaking views
of Snowdonia's mountains. All three bedrooms
and lounge have mountain views and the property
includes dishwasher, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi access
and central heating. See a video of the property
on Large fully-enclosed
garden for children and dogs. Max 10 (but no
more than 7 adults).
Open 39; Sleeps 210; Weekly: per unit 500650;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 300390
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Trosgol Fawr 3D
Bwthyn Marteg
High Street, Llanberis LL55 4HA
T: 01286 870207
Mr John Martin Torr
Modern luxury cottage in a quiet location
within walking distance to Snowdon
Mountain Railway and all amenities.
Two en-suite bedrooms. Towels, linen,
gas and heating included. Patio with BBQ.
Cycle storage and parking.
Open 112; Sleeps 4;
Weekly: per unit 295595
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Glan-y-Bala, Llanberis,
Caernarfon LL55 4TY
T: 01286 871097
Mrs S. Handler
Breathtaking views! Two quality apartments plus
beamed cottage. Beautiful terraces, barbecues,
drying-room, cycle store, ample parking. Seven
acres of private woodland gardens. Bedding,
linens, towels, electricity, central heating included.
Near local amenities.
Open 112; Sleeps 28;
Weekly: per unit 3161184; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 168775
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Glan-y-Bala Holidays 3D

A choice of 4 charming spacious cottages set
in a private courtyard on a working farm 4 miles
from Snowdon. Ample parking. Very central to
Caernarfon, Anglesey and Lleyn Peninsula. All
cottages with wood-burners and central heating.
100 acres to walk about. Reduction for couples.
Brochure available upon request. Wi-Fi available.
T y Mawr Farm, Llanberis,
Caernarfon LL55 3AD T: 01248 670147
M: 07989 621987
Jane Llewelyn Pierce
Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit 200850;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 150350
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T y Mawr Farm Cottages 3D
Cae Berllan, Tyn Lon, Llandwrog,
Caernarfon LL54 5SN
T: 01286 830818
Ann Marie Owen
Three cottages full for modern needs, flat screen
TV. Dishwasher separate. Bath, shower. Own
garden. Small enclosed play area and large open
play area. Picnic and BBQ in orchard area. Close
to beach and mountains. Central to all West
Wales. Coastal attractions. Steam trains. Cycle
and coastal paths. Something for all ages and
Open 112; Sleeps 214; Weekly: per unit 195595;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 120180
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Cae Berllan Cottages 3C
Llanrug, Caernarfon LL55 4RE
T/F: 01286 870210
Mrs Marita Gray-Parry
Distinctively appointed, comfortable apartments, for
2 persons, within unique Grade II* Listed Regency
Castle. Extensive garden/grounds with views midst
magnificient Snowdonian countryside. Centrally
located. Truly relaxing tranquility ideal for couples.
No children. Good restaurants/pubs nearby. Open
all year, flexible start/depart days, as preferred,
for weeks/short breaks.
Fully inclusive rents (inc. breakfast cereals and much more...) Weekly from 500.
Special romantic breaks. Short breaks e.g. 2 people for 2 nights from 195

Bryn Bras Castle 3D
Nebo, Nr Penygroes,
Caernarfon LL54 6EB
T: 01286 880142
Situated on the edge of the Snowdonia National
Park. Plas Haford offers breathtaking scenery,
charming and romantic accommodation perfectly
positioned to discover the wonders of North
Wales. Recently renovated and extended to
offer modern luxuries but carefully done so
by in-keeping with its original charm.
An unforgettable experience.
Open 112; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit 300500;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 200400
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Bwthyn Plas Hafod Cottage 3D
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Bangor, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Villages of Snowdonia
Snowdonia Tourist Services,
Porthmadog LL49 9PG
T: 01766 513829 F:01766 513837
We have a selection of riverside cottages
in Beddgelert and surrounding villages.
Accommodate 26 persons and pets.
All have been inspected by the Visit Wales
inspector. Some have fishing rights. Visit our
website for full descriptions, photos, virtual tours,
access statements and customer feedback.
Open 112; Sleeps 214; Weekly: per unit POA;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: POA F } C Z
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Beddgelert Cottages 5D
Cefn Cwmwd, Rhostrehwfa,
Llangefni LL77 7YL
T: 01248 722106
Geraint Williams
Set in a magnificent rural location in the centre
of Anglesey with panoramic views of Snowdonia.
Ideally located for Anglesey and Snowdonia a mere
30 minute drive away. All cottages have been
converted from old farm buildings to provide the
highest standard in self-catering facilities.
With free Wi-Fi.
Open 112; Sleeps 27; Weekly: per unit 395950;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 297.50450
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Cefn Cwmwd C2
Rhostryfan, Caernarfon LL54 7PH
T: 01286 830144
Elaine Moss
Set on the edge of Snowdonia, Hafoty Farm
Cottages provide the perfect base for exploring
Anglesey, the Lly n Peninsula, Caernarfon and
the surrounding countryside of Snowdonia.
All six cottages have been converted from old
farm barns to provide the highest standard in
self-catering facilities. Personally supervised by
resident owners.
Open 31; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 215695;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 140220
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Hafoty Farm Cottages 4D
Dinas Dinlle, Caernarfon,
Gwynedd LL54 5TW
T: 01286 830492
Chloe Ellis
The perfect peaceful holiday retreat with
panoramic views and unspoilt countryside.
Caernarfon Bay is the ideal base for you.
50 yards from blue flag award winning beach.
A small, quiet park offering top quality 2-3
bedroom holiday bungalows and caravans with
gardens and parking. Shop & caf on site.
80% of our visitors return. Pets welcome.
Open 112; Statics: 16; Statics for hire: 4; Static Daily: 4570;
Static Weekly: 160440; Short breaks available min 3 nights.
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Holiday Park
Caernarfon Bay Holiday Park 3D
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Conwy Valley and Hiraethog
Old Church Road,
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AL
T: 01690 710127
Keith Roobottom
A friendly welcome awaits you in our charming
historic home. Hearty breakfast served in former
courtroom. Off the main road, 200 yards from
village centre. Lounge and garden overlooking
the river. Ideal for birdwatching and enjoying the
outstanding views. All rooms en-suite with TV and
many extras. On-line booking available.
r3; A3; Open 112; B&B pp per room per night 32.5037.50;
Weekly: B&B from 390450
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Bed & Breakfast

Bridge View 4 Star Bed & Breakfast 4F
Holyhead Road,
Betws-y-Coed LL24 OAN
T: 01690 710 726
Mike & Barbara Williams
AA 4 star (Top 10%). Village location with parking
and bike storage. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere
with comfortable, en-suite bedrooms all with
lovely views, free Wi-Fi and generous hospitality
tray. Excellent choice of breakfasts available.
Cosy lounge with a real fire. You can view and
book the rooms online via our website.
r7; A7; Open 112; B&B pp 37.5047.50
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Afon View 3F
Ln Muriau, Llanrwst Road,
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0HD
T: 01690 710627
A warm welcome awaits you at award-winning,
eco-friendly Bryn Bella. Enjoy spectacular views
of Betws-y-Coed and the surrounding area. All
rooms equipped to the highest standard for
your comfort and pleasure. Highly commended
by the AA, we are in the top 10% of places in
r5; A5; Open 112; B&B pp 3742
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Bryn Bella Guest House 3F
Holyhead Road,
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0BN
T: 01690 710601
Mick and June Figg
Conveniently located in centre of
Betws-y-Coed with private car park and
Wi-Fi. Generous 4 & 7 night discounts.
Traditional cooked breakfast using local
ingredients. Single, double, twin and
family rooms.

Guest House
r7; A5; Open 112; B&B pp
2936; 2 night B&Bpp: 5872;
Weekly: B&B pp 203217
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Bryn Llewelyn B&B 3F
on a budget
For information on special
offers, places to visit, free
attractions and things to
do contact our Tourist
Information Centres
(see back cover for details).
Old Church Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AL
T: 01690 710534
Claire Balzer
The Courthouse is situated in a peaceful riverside
location within the beautiful village of Betws-y-
Coed. It once served as the Police Station dating
back to Victorian times. A special place to stay
in Snowdonia where we provide comfortable and
homely accommodation, a choice of breakfast and
private parking.
r5; A5; Open 112; B&B pp 3537.50 (Single 45); Winter special:
2 night B&B Double en-suite: 120 NovMar (except Xmas week and New Year)
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Guest House
The Courthouse B&B
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AS
T: 01690 710293 F: 01690 710362
Built in Victorian times amidst the dramatic
scenery of Snowdonia National Park, this elegant
4 star Country House Hotel makes the most of
its tranquil position within 16 acres of grounds
on the banks of the river Conwy. The hotel offers
an award winning restaurant and 18 newly
refurbished rooms and suites.
r18; A18; Open 212; B&B pp 60115 F } C
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Country House Hotel

Craig-y-Dderwen The Riverside Hotel 4F
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0SG
T: 01690 710 930
Janet & Ian Poole
A beautiful Victorian house nestling in five acres
of woodland. Enjoying spectacular views of the
Conwy Valley. You can be assured of the warmest
of welcomes and exceptional service from your
hosts Janet and Ian Poole. Within easy strolling
distance of Betws-y-Coed centre. All rooms
beautifully appointed with en-suite facilities.
Wi-Fi throughout.
r5; A5; Open 112; B&B pp 32.5037; Weekly: B&B pp: 175235
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Guest House
Glyntwrog House 3F
Llanrwst Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0HD
T: 01690 710540 F: 0872 1116197
J. Buis
Our Home is your Castle. Family run. Ideally
situated. Breathtaking views. Renowned for
its informality, service and its teddy bears.
Indoor heated swimming pool with sauna free
and exclusively for our guests, open 24h/day.
Secluded car park. Golf course and village
within 6 minutes walking distance.
r8; A8; Open 112; B&B pp 3356; Weekly: B&B pp 225390
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Guest House
The Park Hill / Gwesty Bryn Parc 4F
Conwy Valley and Hiraethog
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AN
T: 01690 710190
Marian Owen
Mairlys is a lovely 4 star Victorian villa in the
centre of Betws-y-Coed with superb views over
Snowdonias forests. Excellent village location
within minutes walk to restaurants, shops, forest
walks and public transport. Comfortable en-suite
rooms with private balcony. All furnished to a
high standard. Private parking.
r5; A5; Open 111; B&B pp 3542.50
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Guest House
Mairlys Guest House 4F
Vicarage Road,
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AD
T: 01690 710491
Mrs F. Morris
Victorian Guest House located in quiet village
centre position, private parking, lounge, traditional
breakfast, Wi-Fi, drying facilities, bike storage,
online booking available. Close to local amenities,
walks, fishing, golf. Centrally situated for touring
Snowdonia and North Wales. Discounted rates
on 3 nights or more. A warm welcome awaits.
r6; A3; Open 112; B&B pp 2535
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Guest House
Garth Dderwen 3F
Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AN
T: 01690 710587
Mark & Sarah Jones
You'll find a warm welcome and friendly service
here at The Ferns. We are ideally located within
easy stroll of Betws-y-Coeds restaurants, bars,
shops, railway station and Snowdon Sherpa
bus-stop. Delicious breakfasts, en-suite rooms,
parking, free Wi-Fi. A great base for exploring
Snowdonia and North Wales.
r7; A7; Open 112; B&B pp 3543
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Guest House
The Ferns Guesthouse 4F
Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed,
Conwy LL24 0AN
T: 01690 710335
Petra Wing
Elegant Victorian guest house in the centre of
Betws-y-Coed. Ideal base for adventures or relaxing
in the picturesque Snowdonia National Park. Rooms
extremely clean and comfortable, with en-suite
facilities. Wide choice of delicious breakfasts.
Private car park. Secure bike storage. Drying
facilities. Free Wi-Fi. Fluent German spoken.
More information on website.
r6; A5; Open 112; B&B pp 3542
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Guest House
Mount Garmon View Guest House 3F
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Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AY
T: 01690 710219 F: 01690 710603
Mr Glenn Evans
The gateway to Snowdonia is right
on the doorstep of this former
Victorian coaching inn, which nestles
at the foot of wooded hillside in the
heart of the picturesque village.
Rooms have been designed to
incorporate contemporary luxury
with the heritage and historical feel
of the hotel, with rich fabrics, local
art and stylish furnishings. Deluxe
rooms feature sleigh beds, four
posters or jacuzzi bathrooms.
Guests benefit from complimentary
membership of the nearby Stations
Health & Beauty Complex with pool,
gym, sauna, steam rooms and
treatments suite. Wi-fi is available
throughout the hotel and all rooms
have flat screen TVs. The award-
winning Llugwy River Restaurant
offers modern Welsh cooking using
local seasonal produce.
Alternative dining options are the
relaxed modern Grill Bar, serving
the finest Welsh produce or the
Stables Bar which has a rather
special atmosphere with its regular
music nights, plenty of cask ales and
alfresco dining
The perfect base for exploring all
of Snowdonia's wonders... look no
further... it's all here!
r27; A27; Open 112; B&B pp 95185;
Short Break: 2 night D B&B pp: 130225;
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Royal Oak Hotel 4F
Conwy Valley and Hiraethog
Outstanding, affordable accommodation
centrally located. All 18 modern
en-suite rooms offer hospitality tray, flat
screen TVs with selected sky channels,
double glazing and central heating.
Lift, disabled facilities, bike store and
drying room available. The Stables Bar
serves quality food and a wide selection
of traditional ales, has alfresco dining and
hosts regular music events. Your adventure
starts here...
Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AY
T: 01690 710219 F:01690 710603
Mr Glenn Evans

Guest Accommodation
r18; A18; Open 112; Per room, per night: 7585;
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Stables Lodge 4F
Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed LL24 ODW
T: 01690 710796 F: 01690 710191
Situated just outside Betws-y-Coed opposite
Wales most beautiful waterfall, Swallow Falls
Complex has a wide variety of accommodation
to suit all tastes. The hotel offers 16 en-suite
bedrooms, a 76-bed hostel plus camp-site
with shower block and toilets. Other facilities
include bars, restaurant, coffee shop, landscaped
gardens and childrens play area. 5-a-side
football, basketball and table tennis.
r16; A16; Open 112; B&B pp 3040 F } C C Z (
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Swallow Falls Complex 3F
Betw wws y y Co Coed ed
Conway Old Road,
Penmaenmawr, Conwy LL34 6SW
T: 01492 623518 F: 01492 622070
Mr and Mrs Warner
Charming country house set in natural
amphitheatre with sea and mountain views. All
rooms en-suite and centrally heated. Excellent
cuisine, fine wines and characterful bar. Non
Smoking. Ideal for walkers, golfers, and historic
building enthusiasts. Children welcome. Pets by
arrangement. Ample parking.
r8; A7; Open 112; B&B pp 3742;
Short Break: 2 night D B&B: 104114; Weekly: B&B pp 217252
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Guest Accommodation
Caerlyr Hall 2F
Tyn-y-Groes, Conwy LL32 8TN
T: 01492 650545 F: 01492 650855
Set in the beautiful North Wales countryside,
The Groes is a wonderful example of a traditional
British Inn. Blending the warm welcome of a
local pub with delicious food, excellent service
and a comfortable bed, this historic Inn has
been welcoming visitors for over four centuries.
With fourteen luxurious bedrooms and an award
winning menu, The Groes Inn is the perfect place
to visit for a week, a weekend, a special night
away or simply a meal and a drink. You can even
get married at The Groes or hire the whole inn
to celebrate your wedding or civil partnership.
r14; A14; Open 112;
B&B pp 69150; 2 night D B&Bpp: 160250
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Groes Inn 2F
Conwy Valley and Hiraethog
Holyhead Road,
Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AR
T: 01690 710411 F: 01690 710986

r33; A33; Open 112; B&B pp 6075
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BEST WESTERN Waterloo Hotel 4F
The ideal base to explore and discover
the breathtaking scenery of Snowdonia's
beautiful countryside and coast. Situated
on the grounds of the hotel our modern,
spacious lodge style rooms come
complete with own parking space and
once inside offer tea/coffee making
facilities, flat screen TV and safe.
Rooms also availiable in main hotel.
Extensive menu dominated by locally
sourced produce at the recently
refurbished Bridge Restaurant. Guests
enjoy full use of our leisure facilities
indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi,
sauna, steam room and fully equipped
gym. Free Wi-Fi is also available
Trefriw between Betws-y-Coed & Conwy
Gateway to the North Wales Lakes
Set in the glorious Snowdonia National Park, this
friendly village is a world away from the crowds
and commercialism of the larger resorts. It offers a
wide choice of accommodation, places to eat and
two real village pubs, but keeps its atmosphere
of peace and tranquillity...a place to forget the
pressures of modern life. Trefriws Woollen Mill
is a popular place to visit.
Discover our wonderful scenic walks by visiting
Trefriw Tourism Association 3F
Crafnant Lake Trefriw
For Trefriw village brochure T: 01492 640013
Or visit us at:
Trefriw, Conwy LL27 0JH
T: 01492 640809
Jan Bertenshaw
Whether youve discovered the mountain lakes
which nestle above our village conquered
Snowdon or strolled around the stunning Conwy
Valley then rest assured of the comfort and
warm welcome of Crafnant House beautifully
appointed former Victorian farmhouse, an
excellent central base, with traditional pubs and
exceptional food on the doorstep.
r5; A4; Open 210; B&B pp 2932.50
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Guest House
Crafnant Guest House 3F
Picturesque National Park location central
to Snowdonias mountains and coast with
beautiful lakes and forests around us.
Delightful en-suite bedrooms, king size
beds with memory foam mattresses and
Egyptian cotton sheets, with fantastic views
across the river Conwy. All have colour TV,
Wi-Fi, tea/coffee, hairdryer.
Laundry facilities with drying room.
Ample private hotel car parking. Our
award-winning restaurant highlights our
expertise in country cuisine with friendly
attentive service complementing the dining
experience. Log fire and cosy lounge bar to
round off the perfect day in Snowdonia.
Trefriw, Nr Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL27 0JP
T: 01492 640592 F: 01492 640559
r9; A9; Open 112; B&B pp 4555; Short Break: 2 night B&B pp 90110;
2 night D B&B pp 140150; Weekly: B&B pp 300350; D B&B pp 490540
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Princes Arms Hotel 3F

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The Old Forge
Pen y Graig, Llanbedr y Cennin,
Conwy LL32 8JD
T: 01492 660663
Roberta Fudge
A comfortable, well-furnished, cosy
cottage in the beautiful Conwy Valley.
Ideal for peaceful, relaxing breaks or
for enjoying the glories and history of
Snowdonia and the coast.
Open 31; Sleeps 2;
Weekly: per unit 255445;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 160180
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Llannerch Goch Luxury
Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly:
per unit 340790; Short Break:
3 nights per unit: 230360
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Capel Garmon, Betws-y-Coed,
Conwy, Snowdonia LL26 0RL
T: 01690 710261
3 luxury cottages with king-size en-suite
bedrooms in contemporary or traditional
style. 2 miles from picturesque village of
Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park.
Stunning views of the Snowdonia Mountain
range. Free Wi-Fi connection.

Self Catering
Cae Llwyd Holiday Cottage
Glanrafon, Maenan
Llanrwst LL26 0UP
T: 01492 641734
Mrs Llinos Wyn Owen
Location, Location, Location!
Five star cottage on small idyllic Welsh
sheep farm, fantastic views of Snowdonia
beyond the hills Away from it all but
so near to so much!
Open 112; Sleeps 4;
Weekly: per unit 305685; Short
Break: 3 nights per unit: 195300
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Nebo Road, Llanrwst, Conwy Valley LL26 0SD
T: 01492 640248
Mrs Ermin Kerry-Jenkins
Small select site for touring caravans,
motorcaravans, tents and 2 holiday caravans,
bordered by trees and a stream. Many years winner
of Wales in Bloom, landscaped with shrubs, flower
beds and old farm machinery. Set in our beautiful
Conwy Valley, an ideal base for exploring the
mountains, lakes and coast of North Wales. Multi-
service & hard standing/grass caravan pitches.
Open 311; Pitches: Touring 38, Tents 14; Statics for hire: 2;
Touring daily 1419; Self catering holiday caravans weekly 255355
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Bodnant Caravan Park 3F
Conwy Valley and Hiraethog
Conwy Road, Trefriw LL27 0JH
T: 01492 641210
Mrs Lillian Jones
Located in pretty village centre within Snowdonia
National Park, 4 miles from A5 at Betws-y-Coed,
9 miles from A55 at Conwy. Nearby friendly
pubs/restaurants. Easy access to all North Wales
attractions, lakes, walks, mountains, coastal towns,
Bodnant Gardens, castles, golf, horse riding,
mountain zoo, woolen mills and much more.
Lil and Allan welcome you.
r4; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 2530; 2 night B&B pp: 5060;
Weekly: B&B pp 175195
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T: 01766 830847 M: 07909 880994
Arfona Rowlands Price
Arfona and Idris welcome you to their picturesque
16th century former farmhouse. Centrally located,
magnificent mountain setting, stunning panoramic
views, warm friendly atmosphere, mature garden
and ponds. Ideal base for exploring the wonders
of our Snowdonia or just simply relax. Its our
home make it yours.
r3; A3; Open 112; B&B pp 2936
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Cae Du 4E
Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog,
Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3YU
T: 01766 772600 F: 01766 772609
Occupying a superb position overlooking
the Vale of Ffestiniog, Plas Tan y Bwlch is
the ideal place to relax, unwind, and learn
a little about the Snowdonia National Park.

Guest Accommodation
r33; A25; Open 112;
B&B pp 3035;
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Snowdonia National
Park Centre
28 Marine Terrace,
Criccieth LL42 0EL
T: 01766 522866
Linda Glover
Linda and Keith extend a very warm, friendly
welcome to their home. Situated across the
road from the beach, affording spectacular
views to Harlech and beyond. Relax on the patio,
overlooking the sea, enjoy our hearty breakfast
with vegetarian option, locally purchased, many
of our guests return year after year.
r7; A7; Open 311; B&B pp 29
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Guest House
Bay View Guest House 5D
Pwllheli Road, Criccieth LL52 0RR
T: 01766 522101
Meri Roberts
A warm welcome awaits you at our
B&B. We offer a relaxed and friendly
atmosphere with comfortable rooms.
Off road parking. An ideal base for
touring North Wales.

Bed & Breakfast

Bron Aber 5D
r3; A2; Open 310;
B&B pp 3035
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Welcome to our non-smoking hotel with
comfortable, spacious en-suite bedrooms.
Enjoy a drink in our cosy bar or residents
lounge. Outstanding breakfasts with award
winning Welsh sausages, free-range eggs
and only the finest produce. Only minutes
from Criccieth Castle and beaches we are
the ideal place to base yourself for the Lly n
Peninsula and Snowdonia. Magnificent
sunsets and spectacular scenery awaits
you. Perfect for walking, birdwatching,
golfing and total relaxation. No children
under 10. Private parking available.
Caernarfon Road, Criccieth LL52 0AP
T: 01766 522257
Claire Woodhouse & Sin Williams

Guest Accommodation
r9; A9; Open 310; B&B pp 3739; Weekly: B&B pp 259
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Bron Rhiw 5D
Porthmadog Road,
Criccieth LL52 0HP
T: 01766 522870 F: 01766 530434
Overlooking the sea, castle and mountains,
and furnished to a high standard, we are just 5
minutes walk from the beach, shops and excellent
restaurants. Superb breakfasts. Free parking &
Wi-Fi. Relax on the patio-garden with a glass of
wine overlooking the bay. AA Highly Commended
& Sparkling Diamond Awards. Phone for offers.
r10; A10; Open 112; B&B pp 39.5045.50
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Guest Accommodation
Glyn-y-Coed 5D
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Cricieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog
Beach Bank, Criccieth LL52 0HW
T: 01766 522547 F: 01248 800100
The Caerwylan Hotel probably enjoys
some of the best coastal views in
North Wales.
We are the ideal base to explore
Snowdonia or the many beaches,
steam railways, castles and golf
courses, in this beautiful and relaxing
corner of Wales.
Unwind in one of our contemporary
en-suite bedrooms. Our sea facing
Executive Bedrooms offer space and
luxury, making them perfect for that
special occasion.
After a day of exploring let our chefs
prepare you a relaxing dinner in our
new stylish Tonnau Restaurant. Most
of our food is sourced from, local
Our contemporary bar serves a range
of local beers plus the traditional lagers,
spirits and a varied selection of wines.
From the magnificent sea-facing lounge
we serve morning coffee, light lunches
and afternoon teas. During the summer
months we also serve light lunches and
afternoon teas in our garden.
Treat yourself to a break at
the Caerwylan in 2013. See for more
Caerwylan Hotel 5D

r24; A24; Open 212; B&B pp 4969.50;
Short Break: 2 night B&B pp: 97.50139;
Weekly: B&B pp 325462
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Guest House
Porthmadog Road, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0HP Mrs Dorothy Pryce
OPEN 4-10 B&B: 37pp DB&B: 48pp WEEKLY DB&B: 295pp r5; A5; } C ( A % ] Z *
The Lion Hotel dates back to the early
1700s when it was known as Tyn y
Maes (the house on the green). This
splendid hotel has the advantage of being
centrally situated on the quiet green
where it commands spectacular views
of the bay, mountains and castle.
It has an exceptionally friendly atmosphere
and offers excellent comfort and value.
A great base for touring and Golf Breaks.
Fully Licensed. Private parking. For special
offers see our website.
Y Maes, Criccieth LL52 0AA
T: 01766 522460 F: 01766 523075
Sandra Burnett

r46; A46; Open 112; B&B pp 39.5044.50;
Weekly: B&B pp 276.50311.50
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Lion Hotel 5D
Criccieth LL52 0RE
T: 01766 530618 M: 07503 192994
Ffion A Jones
Llwyn Mafon Isaf. A typical warm Welsh
welcome from a working family farm awaits
you. All rooms en-suite and modernised,
fully equipped with TV, tea/coffee etc... and
offering superb views of the Cardigan Bay
and Snowdonia mountain range. Relax in our
comfortable beamed lounge with TV/DVD.
Good access and parking. Wi-Fi available.
r2; A2; Open 410; B&B pp 2830; 2 night B&Bpp: 56; Weekly: B&B pp 189
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Llwyn Mafon Isaf 5D
Porthmadog Road,
Criccieth LL52 OHP
T: 01766 522151
Jan & Tim Davis
Friendly family run licensed guest house. Many
rooms with views of stunning Cardigan Bay and
Criccieth Castle. Two minutes from excellent local
restaurants and beach. An ideal base for touring
Snowdonia. Well behaved pets welcome. All rooms
have TV, DVD, tea and coffee making facilities.
Private parking for up to 12 cars.
r10; A10; Open 310; B&B pp 3460;
2 night B&B pp: 7092; Weekly: B&B pp 245322
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Guest House
Min Y Gaer Guest House 5D
27/29 Mona Terrace, Criccieth LL52 OHG
T/F: 01766 522500
Mr & Mrs Booth
Our well established and award-winning
restaurant has six well appointed en-suite rooms
with views of the sea and the mountain beyond.
Ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia. We
offer freshly cooked produce complemented by
a selection of fine wines and a lounge bar in
which to relax.
r6; A6; Open 312; B&B pp 43.5048; 2 night B&B pp 8796;
2 night D B&B pp 62.5067
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Moelwyn Restaurant with rooms 5D
West Parade, Criccieth LL52 0EN
T: 01766 522710
Brian Gifford
Enjoy unrivalled sea and mountain views from
our seafront position. Relax in the lounge with
a drink from our well stocked bar, and hopefully
spot a dolphin or two! Enjoy fine food and good
company. Ideal location for country or coastal
pursuits, or just relax in comfort. Private parking
available, free Wi-Fi.
r12; A12; Open 410; B&B pp 3438;
Short Break: 2 night D B&B: 106114; Weekly: D B&B pp 367.50395.50
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Guest Accommodation
The Abereistedd 5D
Garndolbenmaen, Porthmadog LL51 9PJ
T: 01766 530239 F:01766 530432
Malcolm & Kath Severn
A warm welcome awaits you at our family run
guesthouse. Enjoy the quiet location and relaxed
friendly atmosphere. Set in open countryside and
ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia and the
Lly n Peninsula. Comfortable en-suite rooms and
guest lounge. Delicious breakfasts and home
cooked evening meals using local produce.
r8; A7; Open 112; B&B pp 3035; 2 night D B&B pp 100110
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Cefn Uchaf Guesthouse 5D

Guest House
Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6LS
T: 01766 771884
Stuart & Kirsty Harris
Warm and welcoming centuries old
former farmhouse. Fully en-suite accommodation
less than 2 miles from Portmeirion and 3 miles
from Porthmadog. Central location for Snowdonia
Mountains and coast line. Set in large grounds
in a quiet location away from the road. Views of
the estuary, mountains and Ffestiniog steam trains.
Private parking.
r2; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 2933; 2 night B&B pp: 62;
Weekly: B&B pp 203
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Bed & Breakfast

Cae Gwyn B&B 5E
Cricieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog
63 |
Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6PW
T/F: 01766 770321
Sarah & Ian Hartill
Welcoming B&B near Portmeirion; Steam Railway
Magazines Best B&B for Ffestiniog Railway
(station nearby). Spacious en-suite double, twin
and single rooms all have comfortable seating,
TVs, tea/coffee, period features. Delicious
traditional or vegetarian breakfasts; views over
Penrhyndeudraeth, estuary and mountains. Ideal
touring base. Quality at great value prices held
for 2013!
r4; A4; Open 112; B&B pp 28.5034.50;
Short Break: 2 night B&B pp: 63; Weekly: B&B pp 199.50
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Guest House
Wenallt Guest House 5E
Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth,
Nr Porthmadog LL48 6EF
T/F: 01766 771542
Jean & Colin Rockingham
Enjoy warm, friendly, award-winning hospitality
in a modern house conveniently situated close to
Portmeirion and Ffestiniog railway. Comfortable,
well-appointed, newly refurbished guest rooms.
Bedrooms fully en-suite. Quiet, peaceful location
with mountain and estuary views. Secure private
parking. Famous for superb breakfasts with
extensive menu choice. Ring for brochure.
r2; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 2832.50;
Weekly: B&B pp 165195
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Wenydd House 5D
131 High Street, Porthmadog LL49 9HB
T: 01766 512015 F: 01766 512490
Porthmadogs Premier Hotel. Porthmadogs only
quality hotel, one of top four AA 3hotels in North
Wales, with 2 AA rosettes for food, in the 2011 Good
Food Guide, 2012 TripAdvisor award for Excellence
and included in the AAs Britains Best Hotel Guide.
Home from home, centrally located, family managed
hotel with extended family atmosphere; babies and
children of all ages welcome as are pets in designated
rooms. 28 en-suite bedrooms, refurbished in 2012,
luxury toiletries, extensive hospitality tray, hairdryers
and flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and parking.
r28; A28; Open 112; B&B pp 4552; Short Break: 2 night B&B:
90104; 2 night D B&B: 7580; Weekly B&B: 270312 D B&B: 480
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Royal Sportsman Hotel 5D

Old School House
Nr Blaenau Ffestiniog
T: 01642 722409
Mrs de Wardt
Comfortable, well equipped mountain
cottage, central Snowdonia. Special visitors
Ffestiniog Railway Ticket. Station nearby.
Walking from door. All linen and storage
heating. Playground, sandy beaches, castles,
climbing, fishing, Portmeirion, gardens.
Open 3-10; Sleeps 24 + cot;
Weekly: per unit 240465
Short Break: 3 nights per unit:
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Plas Blaenddol, Llan Ffestiniog LL41 4PH
T: 01766 762406
Diane Lea
Charming, rural and tranquil retreat in private
country estate (9 acres) in the beautiful Ffestiniog
valley. Ideal family holiday location, central
Snowdonia. Relax in the very pretty gardens with
mountain views. Many local attractions/activities
including mountain biking trails. Lake House sleeps
5, Old Bell House sleeps 10. Free Wi-Fi access.
Open 112; Sleeps 510; Weekly: per unit 4901370;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 343959
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Plas Blaenddol 5E
Gaerwen, Ynys, Criccieth LL52 0NU
T: 01766 810324
Mrs Mary Williams
A warm welcome awaits you at our traditional
Welsh farmhouse or modernised cottage. Clean,
well equipped and comfortably furnished providing
a homely atmosphere. Centrally located to explore
beaches, mountains and lakes, or relax in the
garden enjoying stunning views of Snowdonia,
unwinding in the tranquillity of rural life. Brochure
Open 112; Sleeps 27; Weekly: per unit 150450;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 120180
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Fferm Gaerwen Farm 5D
High Street, Criccieth
Gwynedd LL52 0BS
T: 0208 769 3252
Mrs Thomas
Two top floors of a three storey victorian
house conveniently situated in the High Street.
Two minutes from shops and restaurants.
Five minutes from beaches, castle, playground,
mini-golf and bowls. Fully equipped, very well
furnished. Central heating, double glazing.
Spacious garden overlooking fields at rear,
with BBQ and outdoor furniture.
Open 112; Sleeps 16; Weekly: per unit 200495
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Gaerwen Town House 5D
Pentrefelin, Criccieth LL52 OPT
T: 01766 523425
Luxury farm cottage near Criccieth with lovely
mountain views. Recently renovated to the highest
standards to provide a relaxing, comfortable base
for your holiday. Coarse and trout fishery on site.
Dogs welcome. Enclosed garden, Underfloor
heating and log burner, non-smoking. Discounts
for 50% occupancy.
Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit 385840;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 275375
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Glas y Dorlan 5D
Cricieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog
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Available at our TICs, see
back cover for details.
7 Mersey Street
Borth-y-Gest, Nr Porthmadog LL49 9UB
T: 01952 462177 M: 07971 955614
Contact: Patricia Kind, Holly Cottage,
Church Lane, Sheriffhales, Shropshire
TF11 8RD
Cosy Cottage, near harbour, beach, shop
and restaurant. Ideal for walking, sailing and
golfing. Central for touring Snowdonia. Full
central heating, all modern amenities. Regret
no pets. Short breaks available.
Open 112; Sleeps 4;
Weekly: per unit 200460;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 150 min
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Rhosgyll Fawr, Chwilog,
Nr Criccieth LL53 6TQ
T: 01766 810584
Colin & Frances Randall
A relaxing, carefree holiday is available in three
well equipped cottages. Wonderfully situated
on a private 25 acre lake and woodland nature
reserve with private fishing and country walking
directly from the door. Inglenook fireplace, BBQs.
Cleanliness guaranteed under the personal
supervision of the owners. Close to beaches
and Snowdonia.
Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit 250550;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 163358
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Rhosgyll Fawr Cottages 5D
6 Marine Terrace, Criccieth LL52 0EF
T: 01766 523061 M: 07765 506860
Sue Andrews
Spacious 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom seafront property
on 3 floors in a south-facing 4-storey Victorian
Terrace. The lounge/dining room and 3 bedrooms
have panoramic views over Cardigan Bay (watch
the dolphins!), Criccieth Castle and West Beach.
Station, shops, beach, playground, restaurants,
bowling, mini golf, tennis, castle all within 5
minutes walk.
Open 112; Sleeps 210; Weekly: per unit 2801120;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 250600
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Seaside Criccieth 5D
2 London Road,
Garndolbenmaen LL51 9NZ
T: 01766 522257
Claire Woodhouse & Sin Williams
A superior five star non-smoking cottage.
It is the perfect place to stay in total comfort. Bed
linen, towels and electricity included. Inglenook
fireplace with wood burner. Sit in the beautiful
garden with a glass of wine and watch the superb
sunsets. No pets or children under ten. Brochure
Open 112; Sleeps 3; Weekly: per unit 390465;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 210
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Lavender Cottage 5D
Garndolbenmaen LL51 9EZ
T/F: 01766 530 635
Mrs Elen Evans
Situated near the river Dwyfach; within easy reach
of sea and mountains. One double room and one
twin-bedded room. Sun lounge, bathroom with
shower, toilet upstairs and downstairs. Lounge
with colour TV, kitchen fully equipped, microwave.
Children welcome. Cot and highchair available.
Pets welcome on request. Pub and restaurant
within walking distance.
Open 311; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit 190350;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 3540
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Melin Llecheiddior 5D
3 Gellilydan Terrace, Gellilydan, Nr Maentwrog
LL41 4EE T: 01773 746480 M: 07769 838483
Judith Osborne
Beautiful Grade II listed, beamed character cottage.
Pretty, quiet village. Sunny garden, private parking.
Carefully renovated and furnished. Between sea
and mountains. Central for Harlech, Portmadog,
Portmeirion, sandy beaches. Wonderful for walking
and wildlife enthusiasts, all from the doorstep.
Please ring for colour brochure and guests
comments 01773 746480 or 07769 838483.
Open 112; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit 235
395; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 235
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Gellilydan Cottage 5E
Pump Cottage, 8 Glyn
Terrace, Borth-y-Gest
Borth-y-Gest, Porthmadog LL49 9UD
T: 01619 284961 M: 07748 446058
Enquiries: Anne Keating, Borthwen,
14 Sunny Bank Road, Bowdon,
Cheshire WA14 3PW
Good centre for Snowdonia. Ideal for
walking and sailing. Near harbour and
beach. Full central heating, microwave
and patio. Well equipped. Open fire.
Open 112; Sleeps 4; Weekly: from
250510; Short Breaks:
4 nights min: 5060 per night
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14 Sea View Terrace, Borth-y-Gest,

Porthmadog LL49 9TR
Enquiries: Mrs E Everitt
5 Lower End, Swaffham Prior,
Cambridge CB25 0HT
T: 01638 742974
This pretty terrace cottage overlooks Borth-y-Gests
quiet harbour, and enjoys wonderful open mountain
views across the tidal estuary. The rooms are light
and pleasantly furnished and there is a sunny
garden. Ideal for sandy beaches, sailing and local
walking as well as exploring Snowdonia and Lly n.
Caf in village.
Open 310; Sleeps 6; Weekly: per unit 260520
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Ty Newydd Holiday Flats
30 Dublin Street, Tremadog,
Porthmadog LL49 9RH
T: 01766 512553
John and Julie Otty
Two flats in the village of Tremadog,
one mile from Porthmadog. A good base
for exploring the area by car or bus. The
village has three good pubs for food.
Open 49; Sleeps 4;
Weekly: per unit 280320
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Pen-Y-Bryn, Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6SX
T: 01766 810208
Mrs S. Edwards
Bwthyn is in idyllic country location with
picturesque views of Cardigan Bay and the
mountains of Snowdonia. It has 2 en-suite
bedrooms and an enclosed garden. Min y Traeth
has 3 bedrooms and is in enviable position 100
yards from the beach in Criccieth with the price
range of up to 775.
Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit 195525;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 95250
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Dwyfach Cottages 5D
Black Rock Sands
Touring & Camping Park
Morfa Bychan,
Porthmadog LL49 9YH
T: 01766 513919
This well established touring park is
situated behind the dunes on Black
Rock Sands, making an ideal centre for
attractions of Snowdonia or a beach
family holiday.
Open 39; Pitches: Touring 40, Tents 100;
Touring Daily 1050; Touring Weekly
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Cricieth, Porthmadog and the Vale of Ffestiniog
Chwilog, Pwllheli LL53 6NQ
T: 01766 810236
Mrs Sin T. Hughes
Get away from it all at our working dairy farm.
The recently refurbished farmhouse wing is clean,
comfortable and well equipped. It's centrally
located for touring beaches in Lly n Peninsula or
the mountains in Snowdonia. Affording panoramic
views of Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia. Walled
garden has provision for outdoor entertainment.
Open 112; Sleeps 25; Weekly: per unit 200550;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 120180
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Mur Clwt Lloer 5C
Llangower, Bala LL23 7BT
T: 01678 521782
Katrina Le Saux
Award-winning B&B situated in Snowdonia National
Park. Beautiful Victorian house with stunning views
over Bala Lake. Luxurious accommodation; three
rooms all en-suite. Two with four poster beds.
Fabulous food; home-baked bread and cakes,
home produced honey, best marmalade in Wales!
Dinners Fridays and Sundays by arrangement,
licenced premises.
r3; A3; Open 211; B&B pp 4550
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Bed & Breafast

Bryniau Golau 5G
Stryd-y-fron, Bala LL23 7YD
T: 01678 520301
Paul Short
A 17th century Welsh dower house
full of character in a peaceful position
enjoying stunning panoramic views. Hearty
breakfasts with local produce are served
in our elegant regency dining room. Fully
licensed. Eight minutes walk to Bala. The
ideal setting for touring Snowdonia or that
relaxing, walking or cycling holiday.

Guest Accommodation
r6; A5; Open 112; B&B pp
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Frondderw Country House 5G
Pal Estate, Llandderfel,
Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7PS
T: 01678 530285 F: 01678 530220 Mr S. Nahed
One of the finest buildings in Wales, stunning
interiors and exquisite features include the boudoir
with hand painted ceiling, magnificent entrance hall
and galleried staircase. One of the most notable
guests was Queen Victoria, her original bath and
bed are still in use. Finest cuisine served, guests
can sample life in the grand manner. Licensed for
civil weddings. Ideal for conferences & house parties.
r17; A17; Open 112; B&B pp 62.50105;
2 night D B&Bpp: 177.50260; Weekly D B&B pp: 577.50875
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Country House Hotel

Pal Hall 5H
Tyddynmawr, Cader Road, Islawrdref,
Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 1TL
T: 01341 422331
Olwen Evans
Its paradise! Honestly! 18th century farmhouse.
5 star AA Guest Accommodation of the Year
award winner. Offers superb mountain views,
peace, tranquillity and seclusion. Explore the
Cader Idris mountain and its lakes. AA 'Best
Breakfast' award winner. Celebrating 27 years of
5 star accommodation, run by Olwen the owner.
AA 2012 friendliest B&B finalist.
r3; A3; Open 211; B&B pp 3940
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Tyddynmawr Farmhouse 7F
At the foot of Cader Idris Mountain, set in
an idyllic location. Gardens with river, two
waterfalls and woodland walk. Stylish decor,
luxury bathrooms with walk in rain showers,
underfloor heating, robes & slippers. Cosy
log fires in winter. Romantic candlelit dining
award-winning chef/proprietor. Nature
lovers paradise with exhilarating activities
nearby, for the more adventurous. Exclusive
use for small groups. Afternoon teas on the
lawn or conservatory in Summer.
Dolgellau LL40 2AH
T: 01341 450777 M: 07810 698468
Janet James

Guest Accommodation
Afon Rhaiadr Country House 6F
r5; A5; Open 1-12; B&B pp 3555; 2 night B&B D pp: 120170;
Weekly: B&B D pp 390550
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Southern Snowdonia
Ar Ar Aran aan BBen en en enlllynnn
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Lovely Victorian country house hotel
offers peace and quiet. Set in five acres
of well-established gardens. Spacious
lounges to relax in lead off the galleried
hall. Twenty-three bedrooms where
comfort is a priority with all the little
luxuries that make you feel 'spoilt'.
Lovely views from every window.
Award winning restaurant. Well behaved
children welcome. Dogs welcome. Half
a mile from the nearest road. A perfect
location to explore the local attractions,
coast and countryside.
Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2AG
T: 01341 422522 F: 01341 422400

Country House Hotel

r23; A23; Open 112; B&B pp 82101;
Short Break: 2 night D B&B: 196242; Weekly D B&B: 672812
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Dolserau Hall Hotel 6F
Talsarnau, Harlech LL47 6TS
T: 01766 780742 F: 01766 781199
Enjoy a peaceful break in a glorious setting close to
the mountains and sea. Excellent base for walking
and touring Snowdonia. Near to Harlech Castle,
Portmeirion, Welsh Highland Railway, Royal St
David's Golf Club and numerous sandy beaches.
Warm Welsh welcome awaits you. For special
offers visit our website.

Guest House
Name of property 7F
Coed-y-Fronallt, Dolgellau LL40 2YG
T: 01341 422822
Norma Jones
Situated in an acre of landscaped gardens,
boasting magnificent views of Cader Idris, in a
peaceful location yet only 10 minutes walk to
town. Close to all amenities and numerous walks
within the Snowdonia National Park. Cycle lockup.
Hearty breakfast or vegetarian. Personal attention
assured. Ample parking. TV and tea/coffee
facilities in all bedrooms. Wi-Fi available.
r3; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 2632.50; 2 night B&B pp: 5265
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Guest House
Dwy Olwyn 8E
View of Cader Idris from Dwy Olwyn
Llanfachreth, Dolgellau,
Gwynedd LL40 2EB
T: 01341 423085
Heulwen & Andy Watts
A warm welcome awaits you at Heulwen.
A comfortable and spacious house with panoramic
views from all rooms and south facing patio.
Bedrooms have TV/DVD, clock/radio and beverage
facilities. Ample off-road parking. Bike wash and
storage. Ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia
and mid Wales. Close to Coed-y-Brenin Mountain
Bike centre.
r3; A2; Open 112; B&B pp 3234;
Weekly: B&B pp 224238; Weekly: D B&B pp 343357
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Guest House
Heulwen Guest House 6F
Southern Snowdonia
Finsbury Square, Dolgellau LL40 1RF
T: 01341 422535
Mr Duncan Bamford
A country town guest house offering
a welcoming atmosphere and a good home
cooked breakfast (traditional or vegetarian).
All bedrooms have digital TV, hairdryer and a
beverage tray. Dolgellau is a splendid touring
centre. Safe storage for bikes. Wi-fi available.
Single and weekly rates available on request.
r6; A4; Open 112; B&B pp 32.5037.50
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Guest House
Ivy House 7F
Llanelltyd, Dolgellau LL40 2HF
T: 01341 440762
Sue Ashe & Chris Carswell
Chris and Sue invite you to share their 17th
century former farmhouse situated in 32 acres
of outstanding natural beauty. Stunning location
above the Mawddach River overlooking Cader
Idris to explore Snowdonia. Fantastic views,
large gardens, tasty home cooking, abundant
wildlife, warm welcome. It's our secret paradise,
once seen never forgotten.

Bed & Breakfast

Maes Mawr 6E
r2; A2; Open 410 aprox; B&B pp 29; Weekly: B&B pp 185
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Pencefn Road, Dolgellau LL40 2YP
T: 01341 423380
Dawn Jones
Farmhouse accommodation with views
of Cader Idris range and five minutes
walk downhill to town centre. All rooms
en-suite with TV/DVD and tea tray.
Self-catering unit also available. Sleeps 5.

Bed & Breakfast

r3; A3; Open 111; B&B pp 3032
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Staylittle B&B 7F
c/o Penisarmynydd, Maerdy,
Corwen, Denbighshire LL21 0NP
T: 01490 460448 M: 07890 225907
G. Owen
Hen Hafod is a 17th century detached
farmhouse situated 1 mile from Bala. Fedwr
Gog cottage is only 2 miles from the main A5
road towards Betws y Coed. Idyllic properties
full of charm and character. Maesmor is on the
outskirts of Bala, the bedroom overlooks the
lake. Pets welcome. Short breaks available.
Open 112; Sleeps 28; Weekly: per unit 150490;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 80200
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Hen Hafod Nr Bala, Fedwr Gog Nr Maerdy & Maesmor Bala 5G
DDo DD lggel ellaa lauuu
Llandrillo, Nr Bala
T: 01490 440210
Situated by a shallow trout stream in the Dee
Valley. 3 bedrooms, open plan lounge, Sky TV.
Wi-Fi. Chill out in beautiful scenery, walking
for all age groups or cycle into the Berwyn
mountains from your lodge. Fish the river Dee,
white-water rafting, pony trekking, steam trains
or visit Snowdonia's sandy beaches.
Open 310; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 200460;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 160275
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Hendwr Scandinavian Lodges 5H
Dinas Mawddwy, Machynlleth,
Powys SY20 9AG
T: 01650 531330
Elwyn & Megan Jones
Even when clouds linger on the hills these
cottages provide pure luxury and character with
blazing fires and Welsh blankets on sumptuous
beds. The sheltered gardens are perfect for
relaxing following long walks on beaches or
climbing the nearby mountains. Breathe in the air,
then retire to your beautiful cottage.
Open 112; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 300920;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit from 220
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Nant-y-Nodyn 7G
Llanfachreth, Dolgellau LL40 2DH
T: 01384 370143
Chris Gladwin
Or'Eira is a spacious, comfortable house in
beautiful countryside. Downstairs there is a
big kitchen / breakfast room, sitting room and
conservatory. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, 2 twin
and 2 double with 2 en-suite and 1 family
bathroom. Ideal for walking and cycling (close to
Coed-y-Brenin). Easy access to the coast.
Open 310; Sleeps 28; Weekly: per unit 350850
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Or' Eira 6F
Sarnau, Bala LL23 7LG
T: 01678 530 481 M: 07768 506640
Gary Thomas
Whether your preference is a leisurely or
energetic holiday, our beautiful cottages set in
five acres of magnificent countryside offer the
perfect location. Each cottage is fully equipped,
comfortable and clean with a secluded garden.
Join us and be sure of a warm welcome with all
the comforts of home.
Open 112; Sleeps 26; Weekly: per unit 195578;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 134176 (Winter season)
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Pen Cefn Cottage Holidays 5G
Llanuwchllyn, Bala LL23 7DD
T: 01978 812179
Susan Jones
Beautiful well equipped riverside stone cottage,
large enclosed garden, stunning views. Village
location. Local pub/restaurant. Near Bala lake.
Accommodation includes 6 bedrooms,
2 en-suites, 2 lounges, large modern kitchen.
CH, DG. Suitable for accompanied disabled.
Free wireless broadband. Perfect base for
walking and watersports. Central for touring our
breathtaking countryside.
Open 112; Sleeps 9; Weekly: per unit 4951250;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 380660
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Southern Snowdonia
Ba Bala a
Enjoy freedom from
traffic and stunning
mountain views with
our Llyn Peninsula
and Dolgellau cycle
breaks packs.
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Festival of Walking
14 23 September 2013
A European
Blue Flag Resort
Mawddach Valley & Ardudwy Coast
Ten days of guided walks around the
Mawddach Estuary and Southern Snowdonia,
led by knowledgeable and experienced local
guides. Walks are graded to suit all abilities,
from short two hour rambles to full day, high
level hikes; all in some of the finest walking
countryside in Wales.
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Places to stay & things to do
Sheltered by the mountains of Snowdonia, flanked by the
dramatically beautiful Mawddach Estuary, with a Blue Flag
beach and a picturesque harbour Barmouth (Abermaw)
the perfect base for vintage seaside holidays, fresh air
getaways and activity breaks at any time of year.
See website for further
details or contact Barmouth
Tourist Information Centre
on 01341 280 787

Country House Hotel

Dyffryn Ardudwy LL44 2ES
T: 01341 247413
Mrs Susan Owen
Relax in the peace and quiet of this
working farm centrally situated between
Barmouth and Harlech. Inglenook fireplaces,
spacious ensuite bedrooms and a homely
atmosphere. Village shops, pubs. Cambrian
Coast Railway station and beach all within
easy level walking distance. Ample parking.
Pets welcome. No children under 12. Camping
available 200yds from Dyffryn Beach.
Phone Sue Owen for colour brochure.
r3; A3; Open 110; B&B pp 3032.50;
2 night B&B pp: 3032.50; Weekly: B&B pp 205
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Pentre Mawr Farm 6D
Morwendon House, Llanaber,
Barmouth LL42 1RR
T: 01341 280566
Geoff and Teresa Challenor
Quality accommodation in beautifully
maintained house overlooking Cardigan
Bay. Evening meals availiable, AA awards
for dinner and breakfast. Off road private
car parking. No children under 12 years,
no pets. All rooms en-suite. Ideally
situated for exploring Snowdonia and
the Mawddach Estuary. Railway halt 200
r6; A6; Open 112;
B&B pp 52.50-55
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Morwendon House 7E
Cardigan Bay
Talybont, Barmouth LL43 2AD
T: 01341 242626
Mr & Mrs J.L.Williams
A former fulling mill, Pandy has been completely
renovated and refurbished to a very high standard.
Finished and furnished throughout in oak.
Four bedrooms, all en-suite, lounge containing
woodburner, fully fitted kitchen, double oven,
double fridge, dishwasher etc. Central heated
throughout. Washing machine, tumble dryer
and freezer in utility room.

Open 311; Sleeps 27; Weekly: per unit 6301150
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Pandy 6E
Beach Road, Dyffryn Ardudwy,
Gwynedd LL44 2HA
T/F: 01341 247652
An idyllic haven of peace and quiet. Enjoy a warm
welcome, staggering mountain views and beautiful
Seaside Award beaches a short stroll away.
Lodges furnished to a high standard. Short breaks
and discounts available. Wales in Bloom award
winner. Silver David Bellamy Conservation award.
The perfect place to get away from it all!
Open 310; Sleeps 45+Cot; Weekly: per unit 145551;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 87243; Static Caravans: 25
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Holiday Park
Rhinog Park 6D
T: 01341 514136 or 0844 5897891
Bungalow in Fairbourne, close to beach.
Sleeps four adults and two children. Fairbourne
is a small seaside village with a long sandy
beach, mountain views, golf course and narrow
gauge steam railway. Ideal for seaside and
mountain walking holidays. Located in beautiful
Southern Snowdonia. TV's "Railway Walks"
Mawddach trail nearby.
Open 112; Sleeps 4 adults and 2 children; Weekly: per unit 385600
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Fairlawns Bungalow 7E
Pensarn Cottage
Pensarn Farm, Llanbedr LL45 2HS
T: 01341 241285
Mrs Beti W. Jones
Modernised farm cottage with open
views, within easy reach of the beach.
Mountains, country walks, cycling paths
and golf course. Near buses and trains.
Full central heating. Private garden.
Warm welcome.
Open 112; Sleeps 25; Weekly: per unit
230400; Short Break: 3 nights per unit:
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6D Riverside Bungalow
3 Riverside Bungalow,
Llanbedr LL45 2NW
T: 07871 196280
Chris Garbett
Within earshot of the River Artro in
the village of Llanbedr. Snowdonia
National Park and Cambrian Coast are
on the doorstep. The rugged Rhinogydd
Mountains are also close by.
Open 112; Sleeps 4; Weekly: per unit
285520; Short Break: 3 nights per unit:
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Plas Edwards, Tywyn,
Gwynedd LL36 0DA
T: 020 7328 0589 M: 07879 867463
Keith Sweetman
Beach-side house. Direct access to
sandy beach. Unobstructed views of
Cardigan Bay. Dolphins seen from house.
Quiet, comfortable two bedroom house.
Central heating so ideal for winter walking.
Short breaks available.
Open 112; Sleeps 4;
Weekly: per unit 190610;
Short Break: per unit: 160300
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Hendy Farm, Tywyn LL36 9RU
T: 01654 710457 F: 01654 710457
Anne Lloyd-Jones
Relax on working farm peacefully situated
between sea and mountains. Own halt for
Talyllyn Railway. Enjoy one of our 5 star
cottages which are available all year or B&B
in the main house from Easter to October.
Half a mile from Tywyn.
r3; A2; Open 1-12; B&B pp 3040; Short Break: 2 night B&B pp: 6080;
Weekly B&B pp 210280 Self Catering: Sleeps 26; Weekly per unit 190725;
Short Break: 3 night per unit: 130550
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Farmhouse Self-Catering
Hendy Farm Holidays 8D

Beautiful Wales Limited 7E
Open 112; Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit 299799;
Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 99499
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Beautiful Wales Limited 7E
Penty Buwch & Penty Mochyn, Ceilwart Ganol
Farm, Llanaber, Barmouth LL42 1YS
T: 01341 280738
Five star cosy holiday barn conversions overlooking
the sea/beach on an equestrian property. Luxury
living to enjoy magnificent panoramic views from.
Underfloor heating, TV/DVDs, dishwasher, washer/
dryer, spa bath/wetroom, patio/decking. Parking
outside your door. Outstanding mountain, estuary
and seaside walking on doorstep. Friendly pubs.
Pets welcome.

Llanaber, Barmouth LL42 1AJ
T: 01341 280597 F: 01341 281597
Jane Thomas
Boasting magnificent coastal views Hendre coed
offers quality accommodation at an affordable
price. Facilities include quality licensed restaurant
serving local produce, home-made bar meals, bar
with real fire, games room, outside children's play
equipment, laundrette, large green and outdoor
swimming pool. 1.25 miles from Barmouth. Short
and long breaks available.
Open 75; Statics: 87; Statics for hire: 20; Static Daily: 45115;
Static Weekly: 245765
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Holiday Park
Hendre Coed Isaf Holiday Park 7E
Cardigan Bay
on a budget
For information on special
offers, places to visit, free
attractions and things to
do contact our Tourist
Information Centres
(see back cover for details).
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Llanaber Road, Barmouth LL42 1YR
T: 01341 280262 F: 01341 280586
Andrew Paganuzzi
Premier Park 100 metres from safe sandy beach,
20 mins walk along promenade to Barmouth
centre. All modern amenities, with on-site shop,
take-away, off-licence and caf. Level sites, hard
and grass standings. Disabled room. Excellent
base for walking, cycling. Public transport nearby.
Special offers available spring and autumn.
See our website or phone for details.
Open 31; Statics:1; Statics for hire:1; Pitches: Touring 60, Tents 180;
Static Weekly: 200425; Touring Daily 1030. Cottage for hire: 1.
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Touring & Camping Park

Hendre Mynach Touring Caravan & Camping Park 7E
Talybont, Barmouth LL43 2AD
T: 01341 242626
A small, quiet family park situated in a tree-lined
meadow beside a small mountain stream. Path to
the beach, and a short stroll to Talybont village.
Excellent, very well equipped 2 and 3 bedroomed
caravans and lodges containing all the usual
modern facilities. Shop and launderette on site.
Free brochure.
Open 410; Statics: 35; Statics for hire: 23
Static Weekly: 250760; Short Breaks: 125280
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Holiday Park
Rowen Caravan Park 6E
Llanaber, Barmouth LL42 1RR
T: 01341 280999
F: 01341 280740
Matthew Harris & Rhian Williams
5 star family park situated on the Mid Wales coast
just 2 miles north of Barmouth, with magnificent
views over Cardigan Bay and just a few minutes
walk from miles of beautiful sandy beach. Fully
serviced pitches. Wi-Fi available. Family pods with
TV available. Open Christmas and New Year.
Open 31; Pitches: Touring 70, Tents 30; Family Pods: 5
Camping Daily 1232; Touring Weekly 84224
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Touring & Camping Park

Trawsdir Touring Caravans and Camping Park 7E
Dinas, Llanbedr LL45 2PH
T: 01341 241585
Einir Pritchard
Small, quiet park with caravans and pre-erected
glamping bell tent for hire. Campfires allowed.
Located between Harlech and Barmouth on the
Ardudwy way, walking route in Rhinog foothills.
Three miles to castle and beaches. Climb Snowdon,
walk along the coastal path, canoe on our small
lake. Wonderful diversity of wildlife.
Open 112; Statics:8; Statics for hire: 5; Pitches: Touring 3, Tents 30;
Touring Daily 15; Static Weekly: 245499
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Holiday & Camping Park

Tynllwyn Caravan Park, Bryncrug, Tywyn,
Gwynedd LL36 9RD
T: 01654 710370
Pam McEvoy
Tynllwyn is a small friendly family site offering a
warm welcome. A paradise for walking, cycling, bird
watching or just relaxing. Talyllyn Narrow Gauge
Railway winding gently past the site, Rhydyronen
station 50 yards away. Good clean facilities, play
area, shop, laundry. Fleet of luxury static caravans
for hire.
Open 3-10; Statics: 56; Statics for hire:7; Pitches: Touring 18, Tents 50;
Static Weekly: 320450; Touring Daily 1322; Touring Weekly 91154; Short breaks
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Tynllwyn Caravan & Camping Park 8E

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park

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Cardigan Bay
and Coast DVD
Call 01286 679217 to
order a copy or view
and download online.
Walkers and cyclists welcome
Walking and cycling enthusiasts should look out
for this sign, which includes the boot and
wheel symbols. Some properties qualify for
both symbols, others just the one.
The symbols are displayed by properties that
have undertaken to provide features which
walkers and cyclists always find welcome.
They include drying facilities for wet clothes and
boots, secure lockable areas for bikes, adequate
storage space for rucksacks and packed lunches.
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Snowdonia Mountains and Coast/Eryri
Mynyddoedd a Mr is one of the Holiday
Areas within Wales. Each area has its
own distinct character.
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Wales is the UKs activity capital.
Find out more with the help of
these FREE action-packed guides
and take a look at the websites.
Fishing. With endless coastline and countless rivers and
lakes its no wonder Wales is an anglers paradise.
The Isle of Anglesey
Anglesey offers unparalleled beauty, amazing adventures,
serious solitude and a warm welcome. Easily accessible,
this unique island, with its coastline, varied beaches and
historical towns make it a superb base for all the family.
Those that have visited need not be told. They just
return t: +44 (0)1248 713177 e:
Llandudno and Colwyn Bay
Vibrant Llandudno, the Victorian seaside gem with a
history that goes back to the Bronze Age. World Heritage
Conwy with its rich maritime past. Waterfront adventure
in Colwyn Bay. Year-round breaks, filled with family fun,
good food, great walking, world-class theatre and a full
calendar of exciting events. All within easy reach of
Snowdonia. t: +44 (0)1492 577577
Rhyl and Prestatyn
Among the best recognised British seaside resorts.
Fabulous award-winning beaches with a range of family
friendly attractions, events and activities. Walk the Offas
Dyke Path in Prestatyn. An hours drive from Merseyside
and the West Midlands. t: +44 (0)1745 344515 /
+44 (0)1745 355068 e:
The North Wales Borderlands
Short journey: very different place. Less than 20 minutes
from Chester, were just a short journey from the North
West and the West Midlands. From the bustling shops
and nightlife of Wrexham to the culinary delights of
the Mold Food and Drink Festival to the world-famous
Llangollen International Eisteddfod. One hundred percent
Wales on your doorstep! t: +44 (0)1978 292015
Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons
Step into fabulous walking country right on your
doorstep. Two National Trails and a National Park,
charming spa and market towns and outdoor pursuits
in outstanding scenery. Home to Hay Literary Festival
and Brecon Jazz, events throughout the year make this a
destination for all seasons. t: +44 (0)1874 622485
Ceredigion Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian
Some of the UKs best coast and countryside to explore
on foot or horseback, by bike or boat. Natural beauty
from dolphins and red kites to waterfalls, woods and
open moors. Enjoy good food, traditional festivals and
unique events as well as award-winning beaches and
resorts, including colourful Aberaeron harbour and
Aberystwyth, the cultural capital of Wales.
t: +44 (0)1970 612125 e:
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Pembrokeshire Britains Only Coastal
National Park
Rated by National Geographic magazine experts as the
second-best coastline in the world. With 186 miles of
magnificent and varied coastline and over 50 beaches,
theres plenty of space for everyone. Choose between
lively Tenby and Saundersfoot or peaceful St Davids and
Newport. Perfect for outdoor activities or just relaxing.
t: 44 (0)844 888 5115 e:
Carmarthenshire Carmarthen Bay
Stretching from Carmarthen Bay in the south to the
western Brecon Beacons in the north, discover Waless
longest beaches, the National Botanic Garden of Wales,
the home of Merlin the Magician plus Laugharne,
Llandeilo, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Pendine, Llandovery and
the Teifi and Towy Valleys. Perfect fishing, cycling and
walking. t: +44 (0)1267 231557
Swansea Bay Mumbles, Gower, Afan and the
Vale of Neath
Unwind in the UKs first Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty, relax on award-winning beaches and explore
unspoilt countryside. Visit some of the UKs best
locations for walking, cycling, watersports and golf,
together with Swansea, Waless Waterfront City, home to
Waless first Premier League football team.
t: +44 (0)1792 468321 e:
The Valleys Heart and Soul of Wales
A stunning landscape perfect for walking, cycling and many
other outdoor activities. The Valleys has a unique history,
including a World Heritage Site, Waless largest castle and
Big Pit, the real coal mine attraction. For a true Welsh
experience, visit The Valleys, the heart and soul of Wales.
t: +44 (0)29 2088 0011 e:
Cardiff, Capital of Wales
The capital of Wales has unique attractions, top-class
entertainment and quality shopping with a difference.
Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium, National Museum
Cardiff, the Wales Millennium Centre and brand-new
Doctor Who Experience combined with Cardiff Bay offer
indoor and outdoor entertainment for everyone.
t: +44 (0)29 2087 3573 e:
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside
The dramatic Heritage Coast and popular resorts of
Barry Island and Porthcawl are fringed by lovely Vale and
Bridgend countryside and green hills. Discover the special
character of an area steeped in history and its close to
Cardiff, Waless cosmopolitan capital.
t: +44 (0)1446 704867 t: +44 (0)1656 786639
The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk
Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty, Blaenavon World Heritage Site. Explore formidable
castles, Roman towns and magnificent gardens; then
take in award-winning vineyards, bustling market towns
and locally sourced pubs. With renowned Newport and
Abergavenny Food Festivals, Michelin-starred restaurants
and artisan producers, discover why were the food capital
of Wales. t: +44 (0)1291 623772
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Golf Wales. The secrets out! More and more
players are discovering and thoroughly enjoying
Golf as it should be in Wales.
Access couldnt be easier. Snowdonia
Mountains and Coast is only a few hours
away from most of the UKs main population
centres, with excellent road, rail and coach
links. Airport delays, red-eyed flight times and
the pile-em-in packages have well and truly
taken the shine off international travel. There
are no such worries here Snowdonias so
close youll arrive before you know it.
By train
Direct train services take you to the popular
North Wales coastal destinations from
most parts of Britain, with inland connections
onto the Conwy Valley Line
( which
runs through the Snowdonia National Park
to Betws y Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Services from the Midlands through
Shrewsbury and Machynlleth link up with the
Cambrian Coast Railway.
T: 08457 484950
Train tickets are available from Barmouth
Tourist Information Centre. Useful websites
By coach
National Express services run to Llandudno,
Bangor, Caernarfon, Porthmadog and Pwllheli
from London and Manchester. Arriva operate
the service from South Wales to Dolgellau,
Porthmadog, Caernarfon and Bangor as part
of the TrawsCambria network.
By car
Theres quick, straightforward access from
the North West along the M56 and A55.
Motorway links with the Midlands are good
too, and the same roads the M6, M5 and
M1 also bring North Wales within easy
reach of the South of England. For a scenic
option from the Midlands, take the A5
through the heart of Snowdonia.
By bike
Its easy to use pedal power to come to
beautiful, bike-friendly Snowdonia
Mountains and Coast by following the
National Cycle Network. Quiet, traffic-
calmed and traffic-free routes give good
access from the surrounding area and further
By sea
Irish Ferries and Stena Line operate
regular and high-speed services to Holyhead
from Dublin and Dun Laoghaire. For southern
Snowdonia, ferry services into Fishguard,
Pembroke Dock and Swansea are a handy
Irish Ferries T: 08717 300400,
Stena Line T: 08705 707070,
Fastnet Line T: 0844 576 8831,
By air
Transfers from the international gateways of
Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham take
less than two hours. An air route between
Cardiff Airport and Anglesey Airport
takes just over an hour (T: 0871 200 0440,
Anglesey Airport T: 01407 878056
Caernarfon Airport T: 01286 830800
Manchester Airport T: 08712 710711,
Liverpool John Lennon Airport T: 0871 521
Birmingham Airport T: 0844 576 6000,
Local services
The Snowdon Sherpa is the super-
convenient bus service for Snowdonia and its
attractions, with some routes on open-top
vehicles. Whether you are walking or sight-
seeing, take the green option, leave your car
behind, sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.
The Sherpa service is part of the Snowdonia
Green Key initiative which helps people
enjoy the National Park in a sustainable way.
Green Key is making it easier to see
Snowdonia without a car by promoting the
sensible management of car parking, with
convenient interchanges with public
transport at places like Betws y Coed,
Llanberis, Nant Peris and Capel Curig.
The Explore Wales Pass is just what it says
one ticket that gives you unlimited access
to all of Waless mainline train services and
almost every bus service. T: 0845 6061 660,
North Wales Rover tickets allow travel for
one day on buses and trains. For details of
zones and prices:
T: 0870 608 2618,
Travel details
For more information go to:
(T: 0871 200 2233)
Journey times by car
Aberystwyth Caernarfon: 1hr 47min
Birmingham Porthmadog: 2hrs 46min
Bristol Barmouth: 3hrs 46min
Cardiff Bangor: 4hrs 16min
Fishguard Bangor: 3hrs 24min
Fishguard Dolgellau: 2hrs 11min
Holyhead Bangor: 32min
London Betws y Coed: 4hrs 37min
Manchester Caernarfon: 2hrs 2min
Swansea Porthmadog: 3hrs 25min
Glasgow Bangor: 5hrs
Aberdeen Caernarfon: 7hrs 57min
Edinburgh Porthmadog: 5hrs 55min
Newcastle Barmouth: 4hrs 51min
Local distances
Aberdaron Betws y Coed: 1hr 43min
Aberdovey Caernarfon: 1hr 41min
Bangor Dolgellau: 1hr 17min
Dolgellau Caernarfon: 1hr 3min
Tywyn Pwllheli: 1hr 36min
Journey times supplied by:
Gwybodaeth am deithio
Porth Oer/
Whistling Sands
Porth Iago
Morfa Bychan
Llyn Myngul
Glyn Myfyr

Symbols key
Car parking facilities
Ground floor bedroom
C Liquor/table licence, licensed club/bar
Pets accepted by arrangement
May be booked through Travel Agent
V Weekend/Midweek/Short breaks available
t TV in bedroom/unit
s Telephone in room/unit
Credit cards accepted
- Cot available
h Highchair available
K Baby sitting/listening service
] Totally non smoking establishment
Areas provided for smokers
Special diets catered for
Welsh spoken
Public transport nearby
Z Caf/restaurant on site
Foodshop/mobile foodshop on site
p Swimming pool on site
j Working farm
Coach parties welcome
WiFi access
Accommodation bookable through
Tourist Information Centre

Charge for fuel/gas

Washing machine on site
Electric points for touring caravans
s Bed linen available
t Bed linen available for hire
Gas available
= Chemical toilet
This map splits Snowdonia into six colour-coded areas, corresponding
with the way we have divided the list of advertisers:
Access improved for mobility impaired people
Access improved for visually impaired people
Access improved for hearing impaired people
All the accommodation featured in this
publication has been independently assessed
so you can make your choice in confidence,
knowing that each place to stay has been
given a rating according to the quality and
facilities on offer. These ratings mean that
you can be sure of standards and choose the
accommodation thats just right for you.
Visit Wales/AA are the only checking
agents in Wales, checking out over 5,000
STARS are your guide to quality. The
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all types of accommodation: Serviced
hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast,
farm accommodation, hostel/hostel type
accommodation. Self-catering cottages and
apartments and caravan holiday home and
touring/camping parks
All accommodation grades are based on a set
of common quality standards agreed by Visit
Wales, Visit England, Visit Scotland and the
AA. The star ratings reflect the facilities and
overall quality of the experience.
What do our star ratings mean?
Accommodation operators are graded
between one and five stars (with five stars
being the highest) based on the overall quality
of the experience and the facilities available.
Accommodation differs in style and therefore
different rating schemes apply to different
types and styles of business. To help you make
your choice, each star-rated business will also
be given a designator to describe the style of
accommodation you can expect.
Does a lower star rating equal
less quality?
Many lower star rated accommodations may
still offer high quality but do meet all of the
facility and service expectations for the higher
star ratings. Is it particularly important not
to compare Guest Accommodation ratings
against Hotel ratings as different criteria are
used when assessing.
The advice is to always check with an
establishment before booking to check that
the accommodation offers the services and
facilities that meet your needs they will only
be too pleased to help.
Also look out for that extra-special
property that has been awarded Visit
Waless Gold Award, given for
exceptional standards of hospitality,
comfort and food in serviced accommodation.
Occasionally, it has not been possible to visit
the accommodation prior to publication. In
these instances, the property is marked as
Awaiting Grading.
Some accommodation operators
have chosen not to be star rated, but
they have been checked out to
ensure that they provide an
acceptable level of services and
facilities appropriate to their type of business.
They are identified as either Verified of
A Warm Welsh Welcome
Look out for this sign as these
places have achieved a Croeso
Award in recognition of their exceptional
Warm Welsh Welcome.
Or radd orau Canllaw i Sicrwydd Ansawdd 75
Penmachno, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0PU
T: 01690 760410 F: 01690 760410
Lauraine and Simon Awdry
AA Award 2010/11: 5-star Highly Commended
guest accommodation, with separate luxury
2-bedroomed self-catering cottage. Originally a
Victorian rectory, Penmachno Hall offers panoramic
views, en-suites with roll-top baths, award-winning
food, fine wines and winter open fires. The interior-
designed coach house has jacuzzi bath, power
shower, free-sat and internet. Virtual tours at
r3; A3; Open 112; B&B pp 4047.50 (based on 2 night stay)
2 nights; Evening meals: Welsh suppers, TueFri, 1517.50 pp; 5-course
dinners Sat only: 3537.50; Self-Catering: Sleeps 24; Weekly: per unit
350650; Short Break: 3 nights per unit: 262.50337.50
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Guest House
Penmachno Hall 4F
Number of bedrooms and
en-suite, months open, prices
and short breaks information
Visit Wales grading
Map reference
Symbols that appear
here are for awards
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modation or extra
facilities on offer
This descriptive text is
supplied by the owners
of the property and
may include facilities
on offer both at the
accommodation and
the surrounding area
The prices given here depend on the
type of accommodation and will give
an indication of the minimum and
maximum prices you will be expected
to pay these should always be
checked with the owners at time
of booking
Serviced accommodation:
All prices are per person, based on 2
people sharing a double or twin room
Daily rate with B&B
Short break B&B 2 nights with B&B
DB&B 2 Nights with Dinner, B&B
Per week B&B 7 nights with B&B
DB&B 7 nights with Dinner, B&B
Self-catering accommodation:
Per week 7 nights, per unit
(not per person)
Short break 3 nights, per unit
(not per person)
Caravan and camping park
Daily rate, per unit or pitch
Per week 7 nights, per unit or pitch
Short breaks will be indicated
in the adverts descriptive text
Facilities symbols. A full
explanation of these
symbols is on page 74
Establishment address
The number of rooms and
how many are en-suite
How many people the property
can sleep
Caravan and camping parks
How many caravans on site and
for hire and how many pitches
available for touring caravans
and tents
Establishment name
(Colour header panel
indicates the type of
Accommodating visitors with
All Visit Wales graded properties have an
Access Statement. This statement tells visitors
in a clear, accurate and honest way how the
property can meet their particular needs.
Three symbols have been introduced to help
visitors with physical impairments find the
Access Statements of most relevance to them.
Accommodation providers have selected
the one symbol which best describes the
improvements they have made to their
properties. Look out for these symbols:
Access improved for mobility impaired people
Access improved for visually impaired people
Access improved for hearing impaired people
Please note
All gradings and awards were correct at
the time of going to press. Occasionally, it
may not have been possible to undertake a
grading. This situation is clearly identified
by Awaiting Grading appearing within the
Grading assessments are on-going and
improvements made by establishments may
have resulted in a revision since publication.
Please check when booking.
Further information on gradings and
awards is available from Visit Wales,
Welsh Assembly Government, Rhodfa
Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion SY23 3UR
t: 0845 010 8020
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locations. Staff will be delighted to
assist you with:
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advance or whilst here
providing details of places to
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Y Bala*
Pensarn Road, Bala LL23 7SR
T: 01678 521021 Free Wi-Fi
Station Road, Barmouth
LL42 1LU
T: 01341 280787 Free Wi-Fi
Oriel Pendeitsh, Castle Street,
Caernarfon LL55 1SE
T: 01286 672232 Free Wi-Fi
Muriau Buildings,
Rose Hill Street, Conwy
LL32 8LD
T: 01492 577566
Electric Mountain, Llanberis
LL55 4UR
T: 01286 870765 Free Wi-Fi
Library Building, Mostyn Street,
Llandudno LL30 2RP
T: 01492 577577
High Street, Porthmadog
LL49 9LP
T: 01766 512981 Free Wi-Fi
Station Square, Pwllheli LL53 5HG
T: 01758 613000 Free Wi-Fi
Snowdonia National Park
T: 01654 767321
T: 01766 890615
Betws y Coed
T: 01690 710426
T: 01341 422888
T: 01766 780658
* open seasonally (April September)
** open seasonally (April October)
Tourist Information Points
Abergynolwyn, Y Ganolfan LL36 9YF
Abersoch, The Vestry, High Street,
LL53 7DS T: 01758 712929
Bangor, Gwynedd Museum and Art
Gallery, Gwynedd Road LL57 1DT
Blaenau Ffestiniog, 45 High Street LL41 3AA
Corris, Corris Craft Centre SY20 9RF
Cricieth, Post Office LL52 0BU
Tywyn, Library, Neptune Road LL36 9HA
Gwynedd Digital Tourist
Information Points
Caban, Brynrefail LL55 3NR
Fitzpatricks Caf, Bethesda LL57 3AY
Gwesty Ty Newydd, Aberdaron LL53 8BE
Inigo Jones, Groeslon LL54 7UE
Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog
LL53 7TT
Parc Padarn, Llanberis LL55 4TY
Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn LL36 9EY
Yr Hen Bost, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3AA
Caffi Tegid Cafe, Penllyn Leisure Centre,
Y Bala, LL23 7SR
Conwy Digital Tourist
Information Points
Glasdir, Station Road, Llanrwst LL26 0DF
Opposite car park, Pentrefoelas LL24 0LE
Spar, Church Street, Dolwyddelan LL25 0NZ
Tree Top Adventure, A470, Betws y Coed
LL24 0HA
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