"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


Bryniau Golau


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

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

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

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

Surf Snowdonia Adventure Park

Picture this. A perfect lozenge-shaped fresh water lagoon the size of six football pitches set in the lush, green Conwy Valley in the Snowdonia mountains. Now add a powerful, head-high wave that rises at the centre then peels perfectly for more than 150 meters before dissipating softly at the shore, and you have the world's first inland surf lagoon and the UK's most compelling outdoor adventure destination.

  • Beginner, intermediate and advanced 'Free-surfing'
  • Surf lessons and courses
  • Paddle and standup paddle-boarding
  • Crash and Splash water assault course
  • Kayaking
  • Surfside cafe, deli and restaurant

Tel: 01492 353123

Zip World

Zip World Velocity at Bethesda, includes a pair of zip lines a mile long, where riders can exceed 100mph, 500ft high and experience the nearest thing to flying.

Zip World Titan at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, near the historic mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, is the first 4 person zip line in Europe and the combination of Velocity and Titan makes North Wales the zip line capital of the world.

Bounce Below, Junior Bounce and Zip World caverns, three incredible underground adventures are also located at Llechwedd Slate Caverns.

Zip World Fforest at Betws-y-Coed, is Zip World's latest acquisition. Enjoy a journey through the canopy of trees on Zip Safari, or bounce and explore to your hearts content on Treetop Nets. Free fall from up high on Plummet, or soar over the tree tops on the giant five seater swing, Skyride.

After all the adventure, why not relax, refuel and watch the action from Zip World Fforest Caffi.

Tel: 01248 601444

Snowdon Mountain Railway


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



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.


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

Chirk Castle

The castle was built in 1295 by Roger Mortimer de Chirk as part of Kind Edward I's chain of fortresses across the north of Wales. It guards the entrance to Ceiriog Valley and is the administrative centre for the Marcher Lordship of Chirkland.

Chirk Castle is now owned by the National Trust and is notable for its gardens, with clipped yew hedges, herbaceous borders, rock gardens and terraces surrounded by 18th century parkland.

Open March - October with limited dates in November and December

Tel: 01691 777701


Erdigg is a National Trust property on the outskirts of Wrexham. It was designed by Thomas Webb in 1683 and built between 1684-1687 for the High Sheriff of Denbighshire Josiah Edisbury.

Erddig is a Grade 1 listed building and widely considered as one of the UK's finest stately homes.

The walled garden is one of the most important surviving 18th century formal gardens in Britain, containing rare fruit tress, a canal, pond and Victorian era parterre.

There are also fine examples of gates and railings made by renowned ironsmiths the Davis brothers.

Tel: 01978 355314

Gwydir Castle


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

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