Welcome to the Kingdom that once was. And that today is most well known as the home of Snowdonia National Park and the Llyn Peninsula. Welcome to Gwynedd.
This spectacular county combines magical mountainsides and lakes, sandy beaches and sailing, rugged castles and racing rivers, pretty seaside towns and deep, dusty mines. Walk paths, ride trails, hike mountains, build sandcastles, eat picnics, devour ice cream, ride funfairs, dig for gold. You’re going to have to pack the car strategically for this trip.
Start your Snowdonia adventure in Betws-y-Coed – you can get there by train. This is the heart of adventure in Wales and every piece of kit you’ll need can be found here too. For a more sedentary approach, Llanberis is the base of the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
For a nostalgic seaside experience take the train to Barmouth. Gasp at the views as you pass over the estuary bridge. Savour the memories and the traditions of funfairs, arcades and donkey rides.
The train theme continues with the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways that explore Snowdonia slowly. Trips start from Caernarfon (after a visit to the castle), Blaenau Ffestiniog and Portmadog.
Gwynedd stakes claim to the most prestigious of castles with Caernarfon Castle being the venue for the investiture of the Prince of Wales.
The Gwynedd Coastal Path tracks 180 miles from Llanfairfechan to Machynlleth passing a seemingly endless number of spectacular beaches. Find the honey ice cream factory at Tywyn for a unique take on this seaside refreshment.
A trip to this part of Wales wouldn’t be complete without a Portmeirion stop. This beguiling Italianate village, best known as the backdrop for The Prisoner, is preserved for your fascination today.
Work muscles you never knew you had, conquering the sand dunes. Delve into industries past and create memories for future generations. Find your Gwynedd holiday cottage before someone else gets there first!