"Fantastic stay as usual. Great hosts. Great food.
 What more could we ask for! Be back soon"

Abbi and Steve, Gloucestershire

"Absolutely stunning house and views.
 Loved our stay, thank you so much"

Ian and Caroline, Yorkshire

"Our 3rd visit - just gets better!
 Thank you - we will be back"

Jeff and Berni, Oxfordshire

"A GEM! We loved every detail, all our meals and the
gorgeous surroundings. Thank you!"

Eileen and Tom, USA

"A perfect stay with perfect hosts. You deserve that award
 - oh and that marmalade one too! We'll see you again"

Paula and Gerard, Cheshire
"The guy in the Sunday Times was right.
 'The place to go'. Our 50th year starts today!"
Ian and Pauline, Pembrokeshire

"Pleasure to come back.
 The calm serenity is wonderful"

Nigel and Kate, Midlands
Spectacular Snowdonia with rooms

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So much to see and do!

Bala Walks (VisitBala)

Bala is ideally situated for walking with a wide variety of walks, ranging from short scenic walks to strenuous ones - climbing mountains almost 3,000 feet high. Bala has achieved "Walkers are Welcome" status and one of the highlights of the area is to walk around Bala Lake (14 miles) using footpaths on the surrounding hills with excellent views - this can be split into two more leisurely walks (8 or 6 miles) using the Bala Lake Railway or local bus service for return transport. The walk covers a variety of land including farmland, moorland, forestry and provides an overview of Penllyn and the adjacent mountain ranges (Aran, Arenig and Berwyn).

There are several walks directly from Bala including:

  • The Town Walk (leaflet available from the Bala TIC)
  • Craig y Fron: a walk with industrial history interest including "the caves" which were a former stone quarry
  • Starting at the TIC there is a level walk on good surfaces along the side of the lake then the
    River Dee & Tryweryn
  • Around Lake Bala (14 miles) or half-way (8 miles) with return by steam railway or bus
  • Moel Emoel (549m) or Moel y Llan (241m) for fantastic views
  • Bala and Moel Garnedd

Adventure Mountain

On Adventure Mountain in North Wales it's not just the views that are breathtaking...

  • Test your nerve and skills and race our off-road rally karts!
  • The thrill and skill of a quad bike trek up a mountain!
  • Meet the shepherd and his sheepdog!

There's more to discover on Adventure Mountain, bring the family for an adrenaline-fuelled day-out on Adventure Mountain. This exciting new tourist attraction is located between Betws-y-Coed
and Llangollen.

Tel: 01490 460369
www.adventure-mountain.co.uk

Bala Lake Railway

The Bala Lake Railway is a narrow-gauge steam railway running along the shores of Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) in North Wales in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The round trip of 9 miles takes approximately one hour from Llanuwchllyn station and affords wonderful views of the lake and surrounding scenery.

All of our advertised passenger services are hauled by steam locomotives. We have three resident Quarry Hunslet locomotives, Holy War, Maid Marian (presently under major overhaul) and Alice.

The railway is also home to George B and Triassic, both of which are presently under major overhaul. The train offers both enclosed and open seating, plus facilities for the disabled.

Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid/Bala Lake Railway, Yr Orsaf/The Station,
Llanuwchllyn, Gywnedd, LL23 7DD

Tel / Fax: 01678 540666
www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk

Bala Watersports

Bala Adventure and Watersports is one of the UK's top specialists in outdoor activity,
on water and land.

We have some of the most qualified and experienced coaches in Britain, with all the latest equipment for courses and hire to make your time with us both enjoyable and unforgettable.
Great people, great location, great kit.

Tel: 01678 521059
www.balawatersports.com

Bala Whitewater Rafting

Canolfan Tryweryn is the National White Water Centre, based near Bala, North Wales. This was the first commercial white water rafting operation to open in the UK back in 1986, and since then it has grown to become the largest and most well-respected rafting organisation in the UK.

The Tryweryn is a dam released river so water is often flowing when other British rivers are dry, thus producing a unique year round white water venue. Telephone number below for opening times.

Tel: 01678 521083
www.ukrafting.co.uk

Betws-y-Coed

The Conwy's three tributaries, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno, meet at Wales' most popular inland resort, justifiably famous for its spectacular waterfalls, woodlands and supremely beautiful mountain setting.

Betws-y-Coed was Britain's first artists' colony and internationally renowned with artists' paintings of the ravishing scenery transforming the village into a tourist mecca. The colony was "founded" in the middle of the 19th Century by the great watercolourist David Cox. A beechwood near the Swallow Falls became known as Artists' Wood, because it was painted so often.

Tel: 01690 710758
www.betws-y-coed.co.uk

Bodnant Garden

Near Tal-y-Cafn.

One of the finest gardens in Britain, overlooking the Snowdonia National Park and the River Conwy. Covering over 80 acres, the garden is famed for its Laburnum Arch.

Tel: 01492 650460
Map Ref: C4

Open daily all year except 24th, 25th, 26th December.

Capel Curig

Ringed by mountains including the Glyders, Moel Siabod and the foothills of the Carneddau range, Capel Curig is home to Plas-y-Brenin - The National Mountain Centre - providing excellent facilities for climbing, canoeing, dry slope skiing and orienteering.

Castles

Beaumaris Castle

Started in 1295, Beaumaris Castle on the Island of Anglesey is the great unfinished masterpiece.
In pure architectural terms Beaumaris, the most technically perfect castle in Britain, has few equals.
Its ingenious and perfectly symmetrical concentric 'walls within walls' design, involving no less than four successive lines of fortifications, was state of the art for the late 13th century. From the outside, Beaumaris appears almost handsome. It does not rear up menacingly like other fortresses but sits contentedly in a scenic setting overlooking mountains and the sea and is partially surrounded by a water filled moat.

Tel: 01248 810361
www.beaumaris.com

Conwy Castle

Constructed by the English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1289, Conwy Castle boasts soaring curtain walls and eight huge round towers that give the castle (a World Heritage Inscribed site) an intimidating presence undimmed by the passage of time.

The views from the battlements are breathtaking, looking out across mountains and sea and down to the roofless shell of the castles 125ft Great Hall. It is from these battlements that visitors can best appreciate Conwy's other great glory, its ring of town walls.

Tel: 01492 592358
www.conwy.com

Dolwyddelan Castle

Built between 1210 and 1240 by Wales' most powerful medieval prince, Llywelyn the Great to guard a strategic pass through his mountainous kingdom.

Open daily all year except 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January.

Tel: 01690 750366
Map Ref: H2

Gwydir Castle

Llanrwst.

Built by the illustrious Wynn family c1500, Gwydir is a fine example of a Tudor courtyard house, incorporating re-used medieval material from the dissolved Abbey of Maenan.

Open 1st April to 31st October, 10.00am to 4.00pm. Closed Mondays and Saturdays
(except Bank Holiday weekends)

Tel: 01492 641687
Map Ref: F3

Harlech Castle

Spectacularly sited Harlech Castle seems to grow naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all seeing sentinel, it gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia.

The English monarch Edward I built Harlech in the late 13th century to fulfil this very role.
The fortress's massive inner walls and towers still stand almost to their full height and the views
from its lofty battlements are truly panoramic, extending from the dunes at its feet to the purple mass of Snowdonia in the distance.

Tel: 01766 780552
www.harlech.com

Get Wet

Get High, Get Shot, Get Wet

Get Wet provide a wide range of Outdoor Activities to suit everyone including High Ropes
(the highest in UK), Gorge Walking, Raft Building and Paintballing with three separate battlezones
to tackle.

Whether you are an individual or part of a group we can easily tailor activities to suit your needs. Stag Parties, Hen Parties & Birthday Parties are all catered for at Get Wet.

For companies and other groups we also create, run and manage tailor made Team Building Days. You tell us what you want and we'll deliver it!

Tel: 07909 768950
www.get-wet.co.uk

Gwydir Uchaf Chapel

Llanrwst.

This lovely little 17th Century family chapel, in the woods above Llanrwst, is especially notable for its remarkable painted ceiling. Please ring for opening details.

Tel: 01492 641687
Map Ref: F3

Plas-y-Brenin National Mountain Centre

Capel Curig.

Offers a range of courses in mountaineering, rock climbing, canoeing, and orienteering throughout the year. Skiing, climbing and canoeing ‘taster sessions' available during the Summer months.

Tel: 01690 720214

Portmeirion

Portmeirion was built by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1973 to demonstrate that development of a naturally beautiful site need not result in its defilement. He wanted to practice what he preached as a conservationist and campaigner for the protection of the environment.

Tel: 01766 770000
www.portmeirion-village.com

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Llanberis.

Let Snowdon Mountain Railway take you on a journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of Wales. Snowdon, at 3,560ft dominates the landscape of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Claim this mountain peak, the highest in Wales, as a lifetime's achievement. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it's all part of a great day out. Note that the Snowdon Mountain Railway does not operate in the winter (early November to mid March) or if the weather is unsuitable. Check directly for the latest timetable information and book in advance during busy periods.

Tel: 0844 4938120
www.snowdonrailway.co.uk