Places to visit

North Wales beach with a fishing boat at anchor and the Snowdonia mountains in the background
Stunning beaches and mountains
are just a short drive away

The cottage is perfectly situated for exploring North Wales, being right in the heart of the region, where good roads radiate out in all directions, leading to magnificent, varied scenery with rolling hills, mountains, lakes and rivers. The coast is never far away, with beaches, cliff walks, towns and villages with excellent pubs and restaurants - all you could need for a holiday or short break.

Within walking distance is the elegant Palé Hall and Restaurant. There is also a small, cosy village pub and restaurant.

Just a short drive away is the Tyddyn Llan Restaurant with its Michelin Star, being one of Wales' best restaurants.

The nearby Get Wet High Ropes Paintball and Outdoor Centre is a great day out for the family.

A short drive is the Glan Gors Park Karting Circuit, the longest karting circuit in the North West and Wales.

Bala Town

Bala lies on the north shore of Bala Lake and is a pleasant tourist centre with a good variety of shops, cafes and pubs.

Cywain Rural Heritage Centre

Located in Bala, the Cywain Rural Heritage Centre is an ideal family venue and is well worth a visit whatever the weather. With indoor and outdoor exhibitions dealing with the rural skills practised in the area, special events throughout the year, including perforating arts, festivals and exhibitions by Wales' finest artists. Also on offer include activities for children, a cafe and a shop.

Bala Lake


Snowdon covered with snow, against a deep blue sky
Snowdon from Nant Gwynant

Just five miles away is Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid in Welsh) was, prior to the level being raised by the famous civil engineer Thomas Telford, the largest natural lake in Wales. The level was raised to help the flow of the Ellesmere Canal, which, strictly speaking, removed its "natural" status. It is an impressive lake of great depth, 4 miles (6.4 km) long by 1 mile (1.6 km) wide, surrounded by rolling hills.

Kayaks, dinghies and other types of craft are available for rent. Bala Sailing Club operates from its clubhouse at the south eastern end of the lake.

Bala Lake Railway

Bala Lake Railway runs steam trains on a 9 mile long, 2ft narrow gauge track on the eastern shore of the lake, from Llanuwchllyn to Bala town. Passengers enjoy excellent views of the lake and its surrounding scenery of forests, rolling hills and the nearby mountains - Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy.

Activities

 

Bala Lake
Bala Lake - Llyn Tegid
From Wikipedia

The Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre offers abseiling, rock climbing and a wide range of watersports.

The National White Water Rafting Centre at Frongoch, near Bala.

Bala 4x4 Off-Roading - an excellent family day out with spectacular views over Bala Lake.

Golf Courses

There are a number of golf courses in the area, the closest being at Bala and Dolgellau. Harlech, on the west coast, sports one of the finest golf courses in the world, The Royal St. David’s.

Attractions within easy driving distance for days out


This is just a taste of the many attractions of a holiday in this part of North Wales. A web search will soon reveal an endless variety of outdoor activities including fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, musical events, historic sites - the list is endless!

We look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful part of the world.

Beddgelert with its ancient bridge
Beddgelert
Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall cascades 240 feet to the pools below
Pistyl Rhaeadr Waterfall
The River Ogwen runs between rocks
River Ogwen, Snowdonia
A canal boat crossing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Froncysyllte Aqueduct
Llangollen, showing the bridge and the River Dee in flood
Llangollen
The National Trust property Erddig Hall, near Wrexham
Erddig Hall, Wrexham

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