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Wildlife Holidays In Mid Wales

It is no secret that Mid Wales has an abundance of natural environments and some of the rarest species of birds and animals in the UK (including Ospreys!)

From dolphins to red kites and buzzards. Mid Wales is like no other place in the UK and offers some of the best wildlife and birdwatching opportunities.

View our accommodation recommendations below and take a look at our wide range of nature reserves and visitor attractions.

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From hotels, to glamping and everything in-between. These accommodation providers offer the 'wildlife enthusiast' something special.


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Brynarth Country Guest House

In or near Aberystwyth

17th Century 8 acre property in the foothills of Cambrian Mountains, south of Aberystwyth, near the coast, The Ystwyth & Elan Valleys. Great birdwatching, walking, stunning scenery. Licensed Snug Bar.

Guest House with 8 rooms, £55-£150 prpnb

Station House

Station House & Station Cottage

In or near Ystrad Meurig

Station House & Station Cottage were originally part of Strata Florida Railway Station and now located by Cors Caron National Nature Reserve and Cambrian Mountains and the Ystwyth cycle trail ideal for bird watchers, cyclists and walkers.

Self-catering with 2 units, £300-£540 pupw sleeps 1-4

Rhoslwyn

Rhoslwyn

In or near Lampeter

Rhoslwyn is a charming detached stone Welsh cottage with garden set in rural surroundings 10 miles from Lampeter. Rhoslwyn sleeps 3 in two bedrooms, pets welcome. Home cinema.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £280-£500 pupw sleeps 1-3

4 poster bedroom

Ffynnon Cadno

In or near Aberystwyth

A warm welcome awaits you at Ffynnon Cadno. Located in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains close to Devils Bridge and Aberystwyth, a perfect place to explore Mid Wales. Red kites guaranteed & ideal for mountain biking at Nantyrarian.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £50-£65 prpnb

Bryn Elltyd-Snow Scenery

Bryn Elltyd

In or near Blaenau Ffestiniog

ECO....Bryn Elltyd is carbon neutral. All energy inputs from renewables, located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park at the foot of the Moelwyn mountains, this is an ideal location to explore North Wales.

Guest House with 6 rooms, £45-£90 prpnb

Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast

Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast

In or near Welshpool

Lane Farm is a traditional 400 acre family organic working beef and sheep farm set beneath the Breidden Hills. Ideally situated to explore The Marches, Shropshire Hills and Mid Wales. Within easy reach of the mountains, lakes & coast.

Farmhouse with 4 rooms, £29 pppnb

Coedmor Cottage

Coedmor Self Catering Holiday Cottages

In or near Barmouth

Four charming units nestled between the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and Cader Idris mountain range. Minutes away from Barmouth and Dolgellau the cottages are ideally situated for walking, fishing, bird watching or just relaxing.

Self-catering with 4 units, £230-£470 pupw sleeps 1-3

Ty Golchi

Helmau Cottages

In or near Dolgellau

Helmau Cottages are situated 2 miles from Dolgellau within the Snowdonia National Park, and just 10 minutes walk direct to the spectacular waterfalls at Torrent Walk and near to Coed Y Brenin mountain-bike centre.

Self-catering with 3 units, £450-£1000 pupw sleeps 2-8

Red Kite Cottage - Aberystwyth

Red Kite Cottage (Bwthyn Barcud Coch)

In or near Aberystwyth

Renovated 12th Century Grange Farm barn close to Nant Yr Arian Visitor centre situated at the head of the Melindwr Valley with fabulous views and easy access for walking, bird watching and cycling.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £470-£1120 pupw sleeps 2-6

Madog's Wells

Madog's Wells

In or near Welshpool

Madog's Wells is situated in eight acres of beautiful countryside with woodland walks all around, plenty of wildlife and is ideal for bird-watching, walking or touring Mid Wales. Three wheelchair accessible cottages sleeping 3-6.

Self-catering with 3 units, £155-£640 pupw sleeps 1-6

Sitting Room

Granary Cottage

In or near Llandrindod Wells

The perfect place to relax and unwind, Granary Cottage is cosy and well-equipped with panoramic views. The converted granary retains its character whilst providing modern facilities. Peaceful and quiet, surrounded by our own land.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £320-£570 pupw sleeps 1-4

Straw Cottage

The Straw Cottage

In or near Llandrindod Wells

The Straw Cottage is far from the madding crowd. Enjoy the romance of a bygone era with 2016 comfort, no modern gadgets or electricity but lovely comfy beds, H & C shower, woodburning stove and nature on your doorstep. Wonderful walking.

Alternative Accommodation with 1 unit, £500-£790 pupw sleeps 4

Over the Rainbow, Vegetarian Guesthouse

Over the Rainbow Vegetarian Retreat

In or near Cardigan

Over the Rainbow - relaxed, informal eco-friendly vegetarian/vegan country retreat, with quality b&b accommodation in a restored Georgian mansion, totally off the beaten track secluded in acres of woodland/gardens. Green Tourism Gold award.

Guest House with 5 rooms, £42-£155 prpnb

Nyth Robin

Nyth Robin Campsite

In or near Aberdovey

Just 3 miles from the village of Aberdovey, Nyth Robin is a quiet secluded site set in 7 ½ acres of private woodland with short walks within the Snowdonia National Park.

Camping Park with 20 pitches, £18 ptpn

Farmyard gardens next to Granary

Nannerth Country Holidays

In or near Rhayader

Choose from 3 quality country dwellings on our 200 acre farm, set in astonishingly beautiful countryside. Explore from the door, see the wildlife, discover the Elan Valley which joins the farm, relax under the stars in your private hot tub.

Self-catering with 3 units, £259-£903 pupw sleeps 2-7

Denmark Farm Eco Lodge

Denmark Farm Eco Lodge

In or near Lampeter

The self-catering Eco Lodge at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre provides sustainability and comfort for holidays immersed in Nature.

Alternative Accommodation with 3 units, £345-£685 pupw sleeps 2-6

Broneirion Lodge from the road

Broneirion Lodge

In or near Llandinam

Broneirion Lodge is a beautiful Victorian stone cottage set just above the River Severn and the village of Llandinam. Sleeping up to 6 it is ideal for families and couples and is a perfect base for exploring the attractions of Mid Wales.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £295-£650 pupw sleeps 6

Broneirion in the Spring sunshine

Broneirion

In or near Llandinam

20 bedrooms sleeping up to 55 guests. Set in 5 acres of landscaped grounds just above the River Severn. Self-catering or catered option. Located at the gateway to the Cambrian Mountains - perfect for exploring Mid Wales and beyond.

Group Hostel with 19 bedrooms, £1800 pppn

Patio overlooking pool

Highgate Cottages

In or near Newtown

Set within the extensive grounds of Highgate House. Highgate offers 2 self catering holiday cottages. Dog & Child Friendly. Private trout pond for guests use. Quarry Cottage Sleeps 12 - Orchard Cottage Sleeps 7 - Free Wifi

Self-catering with 2 units, £520-£720 pupw sleeps 6-8

Tyddyn Retreat

Tyddyn Retreat

In or near Llanbrynmair

Inspiring eco venue & self catering holiday cottages, close to Snowdonia & the coastline. 4 S/C Cottages, for up to 10, 9, 8 & 3 people. Magical land, tipi, stone circle & campfire. Private Cinema. Pet friendly. Relax. Explore.

Self-catering with 4 units, £133-£150 pupn sleeps 2-10

Wildlife & Nature

Things to Do

CAT Water Powered Cliff Railway

Centre For Alternative Technology

This eco-centre features hands-on displays and working examples of sustainable living, alternative technologies and organic growing. A ride on a water-balanced cliff railway starts off a fun and inspiring day out.

Visitor Centre

Elan Valley

The Elan Valley Visitor Centre has information about the area, an exhibition, cafe, audio-visual show, play area and toilets.

Cadair Idris

Cadair Idris (NRW)

Cader/Cadair Idris meaning 'Chair of Idris' from the giant warrior poet of Welsh legend. Rugged summits, glacial lakes and a mossy wooded gorge cover over 450 hectares of breathtaking landscape.

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! We exhibit species from all over the tropics. Our wildlife garden has many varieties of plants specifically for butterflies.

Lynx Cat

The Animalarium

The Animalarium Borth Zoo is a collection of exotic, unusual and interesting animals to amuse and delight you.

Dyfi Osprey Project

Dyfi Osprey Visitor Centre

Visitors to the Dyfi Osprey Project are able to see live, high resolution nest camera footage at the visitor centre on large plasma screens and view the resident wildlife from a specially built tower-hide with telescopes and binoculars.

Aber Corris Nature Reserve

Aber Corris Nature Reserve

This is one of very few areas of ancient broadleaved woodland left in the Corris valley.

The Wye at Nannerth

Nannerth Country Holidays

We have a small private nature reserve on our 200 acre organic farm adjoining the Elan Valley and next to the River Wye. Many birds breed here including redstart, pied flycatcher, barn owl and dipper. Mammals include watervole and badgers.

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Visitor centre situated on Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve containing Glasshouse Cafe, Welsh Wildlife Centre Gift Shop, Wildlife Trust information. Discover nature through play, adventure, creativity & reflection. Several walks.

Lake Vyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy / Llyn Efyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy is set amidst the remote and beautiful Berwyn Mountains. With spectacular waterfalls, and unspoilt open countryside, a visit to Lake Vyrnwy is a wonderful day out for all the family.

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid & Fan Frynych NRW

There is plenty else to find on this 1200 acre reserve which takes in the summit of Fan Frynach. Over 500 different plants have been recorded as well as 80 species of birds.

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls & Nature Trail

A circular walk that takes you deep into the wooded gorge with spectacular views of the 300ft Mynach Waterfalls. A challenging walk that takes at least 45minutes which includes many steep steps.

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve (NRW)

Morfa Harlech is one of two extensive sand dune systems which make up much of the Meirionnydd coastline, extending form the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

Denmark Farm

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre

The Denmark Farm Conservation Trust is a unique conservation project pioneering the restoration of biodiversity to Britain's farmed countryside.

Ynyslas Nature Reserve

Ynyslas National Nature Reserve (NRW)

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

Craig  y Cilau

Craig y Cilau Nature Reserve (NRW)

Craig y Cilau is of interest to the industrial archaeologist and landscape historian as much as to the naturalist.

Mawddach Estuary

Mawddach Estuary

The Mawddach Estuary is where the River Mawddach (Afon Mawddach in Welsh) meets the sea and forms a stunning wide sandy estuary. At the mouth of the Estuary is the town of Barmouth and 8 mile inland is the town of Dolgellau.

Cors Caron

Cors Caron Nature Reserve (NRW)

Cors Caron is one of the two remaining large remnants of active raised bog in Wales and is an important refuge for plants, insects, birds and mammals. The bog covers a huge area of around 816 acres and is 6km in length.

Male osprey before return of female

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve

The Cors Dyfi reserve is a mixture of bog, swamp, wet woodland and scrub supporting a plethora of animals and plants, including the magnificent Osprey, which bred on the reserve, for the first time, in 2011.

Dyfi Forest

Dyfi Forest (NRW)

The Dyfi Forest is located mainly to the north of the Afon Dyfi between Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south. Dyfi is a 6000ha forest - a spectacular landscape well worth exploring.

Wildlife & Nature

Wildlife Attractions

Quarry Trail

Quarry Trail

Centre For Alternative Technology, Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ

The trail explores the wildlife and biodiversity of the old slate quarry on which CAT is built and looks at the history of changing land-use and industry in the area.

Visitor Centre

Elan Valley Visitor Centre

Elan Valley, Nr Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP

The Elan Valley Visitor Centre has information about the area, an exhibition, cafe, audio-visual show, play area and toilets.

Cadair Idris Nature Reserve

Cadair Idris Nature Reserve

Cadair Idris (NRW), Southern Snowdonia, LL39 1AX

The Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve is renowned for its striking geology and wildlife. The Minffordd Path to the summit of Cadair Idris is a popular route that leads through the Reserve.

Cadair Idris Nature Reserve

Dol Idris Nature Trail

Cadair Idris (NRW), Southern Snowdonia, LL39 1AX

Dôl Idris nature trail is located in the parkland on the foothills of Cadair Idris in the south of the Snowdonia National Park. Dol idris has around ¾ miles of accessible paths to take you around the parkland.

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Cwmrheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NB

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! We exhibit species from all over the tropics. Our wildlife garden has many varieties of plants specifically for butterflies.

Lynx Cat

The Animalarium

Borth Zoo, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5NA

The Animalarium Borth Zoo is a collection of exotic, unusual and interesting animals to amuse and delight you.

Dyfi Osprey Project

Dyfi Osprey Visitor Centre

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8SR

Visitors to the Dyfi Osprey Project are able to see live, high resolution nest camera footage at the visitor centre on large plasma screens and view the resident wildlife from a specially built tower-hide with telescopes and binoculars.

Dyfi Osprey Visitor Centre

Live Streaming

Dyfi Osprey Visitor Centre, Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8SR

In 2015, three chicks hatched in the nest at the end of May. Watch thier progress through live video streaming.

Aber Corris Nature Reserve

Aber Corris Nature Reserve

Nr Machynlleth, Southern Snowdonia, SY20 9SP

This is one of very few areas of ancient broadleaved woodland left in the Corris valley.

Badger & Birdwatching at Nannerth

Badger & Birdwatching at Nannerth

Nannerth Country Holidays, Nannerth Fawr, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HA

You are invited for a magical experience in our treehouse hide high in a great oak tree on the old river bank. Beneath is an extensive badger sett which has been colonised over many years.

The Wye at Nannerth

Nannerth Country Holidays Nature Reserve

Nannerth Country Holidays, Nannerth Fawr, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HA

We have a small private nature reserve on our 200 acre organic farm adjoining the Elan Valley and next to the River Wye. Many birds breed here including redstart, pied flycatcher, barn owl and dipper. Mammals include watervole and badgers.

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Teifi Marshes

Welsh Wildlife Centre, Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, Cilgerran, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TB

Teifi Marsh is without doubt one of the best wetland reserves in Wales. Enjoy a close encounter with the resident wildlife including the Water Buffalo.

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, Cilgerran, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TB

Visitor centre situated on Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve containing Glasshouse Cafe, Welsh Wildlife Centre Gift Shop, Wildlife Trust information. Discover nature through play, adventure, creativity & reflection. Several walks.

Lake Vyrnwy Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Lake Vyrnwy / Llyn Efyrnwy, Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY

Heather moorland, woodland, meadows, rocky streams and a large reservoir attract a wide variety of wildlife to this reserve set at the southern end of the Berwyn Mountains.

Lake Vyrnwy

Nature Trails

Lake Vyrnwy / Llyn Efyrnwy, Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY

Rhiwagor Trail (2 miles, 3.2 km); Llechwedd-du Walk (5.5 miles, 9.1 km); Ty Uchaf Walk (5 miles, 7.8 km); Craig Garth Bwlch Trail (3 miles, 4.8 km); Grwn Oer Trail (1-2 miles, 3.2 km)

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych

Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid & Fan Frynych NRW, Brecon Beacons, NP8 1LG

There is plenty else to find on this 1200 acre reserve which takes in the summit of Fan Frynach. Over 500 different plants have been recorded as well as 80 species of birds.

Punchbowl & Three Bridges

Nature Trails @ Devil's bridge Waterfalls

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls & Nature Trail, Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3JW

Take a walk along the Nature trail and see the spectacular 300ft waterfalls with the 3 bridges, built one on top of the other. Alternatively you can take a short 10 minute walk to see the unique three bridges built one on top of another.

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve (NRW), Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UR

Morfa Harlech is one of two extensive sand dune systems which make up much of the Meirionnydd coastline, extending form the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

Denmark Farm

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8PB

The Denmark Farm Conservation Trust is a unique conservation project pioneering the restoration of biodiversity to Britain's farmed countryside.

Ynyslas Nature Reserve

Ynyslas National Nature Reserve

Ynyslas National Nature Reserve (NRW), Visitor Centre, Ynyslas, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

Nature Reserves

Nature Reserves Mid Wales

Explore over 60 nature reserves across Mid Wales wherever you stay you will have the perfect opportunity to learn more about Mid Wales and it's abundance of wildlife

Nature Reserves

Events from
date event
Sat 1 Jul - Thu 31 Aug Launch of Around Portmeirion in 80 Trees at Portmeirion Village, Portmeirion
Sun 20 Aug Moths, Bees & Dragons in the Elan Valley at Elan Valley Estate, Rhayader
Wed 23 Aug Guided Walk at Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Machynlleth
Wed 23 Aug Woodland Wednesday at Centre For Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
Thu 24 Aug Dragons and Damsels at Elan Valley, Rhayader
Fri 25 - Sat 26 Aug The Tregaron Festival of Harness Racing at Pontrhydfendigaid, Devil's Bridge
Sat 26 Aug Dormouse Conservation Evening at Centre For Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
Sat 26 Aug Exploring Night time Nature at Elan Valley Estate, Rhayader
Sun 27 Aug Magical Moths at RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, Machynlleth
Sun 27 Aug What's that Bee? (Event 2) at Elan Valley Estate, Rhayader

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