Cadair Idris - Snowdonia
Cadair Idris - Snowdonia

SOUTHERN SNOWDONIA

An eden for outdoor adventure seekers and a haven for those who value clean air in their lungs and the raw earth beneath their feet. 

The Dyfi and Mawddach estuaries, stunning beaches, ancient castles, landscapes of steep river gorges, waterfalls, green valleys and woodlands - simply awesome.

Cregennan Lakes, Cadair Idris

southern snowdonia

 

ADVENTURE, ROMANTIC GETAWAY, RELAX

Historic landscapes, vast awe-inspiring dark skies, mountain ranges and sweeping coastlines speak of legends and ancient forces.

The Snowdonia landscape changes with each season. Explore it's rivers, forests, valleys and lakes, experience inspiring uplands and visit ancient ruins and castles.

Southern Snowdonia is an eden for outdoor adventure seekers, a haven for those who value clean air in their lungs and the raw earth beneath their feet.

Every sort of outdoor pursuit is available and a great starting point can be found at Coed-y-Brenin Visitor Centre near Dolgellau.  

The vibrancy of the Welsh language in Snowdonia is evident in the names given to places and wildlife. Towns and villages offer respite and relaxation, history and hospitality.

FIND PLACES TO STAY IN SOUTHERN SNOWDONIA

Hendy Farm Cottages

Tywyn

Self-catering with 5 units, £210-£795 pupw sleeps 1-6

Bythynnod Bryn Caled Cottages

Bala

Self-catering with 3 units, £575-£1355 pupw sleeps 2-7

Coedmor Self Catering Holiday Cottages

Barmouth

Self-catering with 4 units, £230-£500 pupw sleeps 1-3

Helmau Cottages

Dolgellau

Self-catering with 3 units, £700-£15000 pupw sleeps 2-8

Dolgoch Holiday Homes

Tywyn

Self-catering with 4 units, £260-£643 pupw sleeps 1-8

Bryn Elltyd

Blaenau Ffestiniog

Guest House with 6 rooms, £70 prpn, £40-£97 prpnb

Einion House

Fairbourne

Guest House with 5 rooms, £34-£44 pppnb

Maes y Wennol

Tywyn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £600 pupw sleeps 2-10

Aber Cottage Guesthouse

Dolgellau

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £80 prpnb

Pen-Y-Bont Hotel

Tywyn

Inn with 5 rooms, £90-£165 prpnb

Llwyndu Farmhouse

Barmouth

Guest Accommodation with 7 rooms, £110-£124 prpnb

Garden Cottage @ Torrent Walk

Dolgellau

Self-catering with 1 unit, £510-£800 pupw sleeps 2-5

Golwg y Mor

Tywyn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £240-£450 pupw sleeps 4

Ty Derw

Dinas-Mawddwy

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £50-£60 pppnb

Aberdovey Haven

Aberdovey

Self-catering with 1 unit, £440-£1005 pupw sleeps 1-5

Dolgun Uchaf

Dolgellau

Guest House with 5 rooms, £75-£90 prpn, £60-£125 prpnb

Cader View & Arran Cottage

Dolgellau

Self-catering with 2 units, £125-£155 pupn sleeps 1-4

Vanner Holiday Cottages

Dolgellau

Self-catering with 2 units, £300-£450 pupw sleeps 1-5

Plas Y Nant

Barmouth

Self-catering with 2 units, £300-£650 pupw sleeps 2-5

Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays

Aberdovey

Self-catering with 5 units, £150-£645 pupw sleeps 4-6

Dyfi Biosphere

UNESCO DYFI BIOSPHERE

UNESCO has designated the area in and around the Dyfi estuary as an internationally recognised Biosphere Reserve.

A very special place and one of only six Biosphere Reserves in the UK, experience how the relationship between man and nature can be improved, benefiting the area and it's communities in the process.

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Portmeirion Village

PORTMEIRION VILLAGE

Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925, Portmerion was built in imitation of a rustic Italian village, to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it.

Sitting at the feet of Snowdonia, it makes for a charming dislocation that is truly unique. Portmeirion's place in popular culture has been set in stone as a result.

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Cadair Idris

CADAIR IDRIS

Cadair Idris, which means 'Chair of Idris' from the giant warrior poet of Welsh legend, is a spectacular mountain reserve in Southern Snowdonia of over 450 hectares of breathtaking landscape, rugged summits, glacial lakes and a mossy wooded gorge.

The distinctive shape of the mountain's peaks can be seen for miles around, from the coastlines at Tywyn and Barmouth and high over the market town of Dolgellau. 

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Home to some of the most famous mountain ranges in Britain and the source of inspiration for a nation, Snowdonia National Park acquired its status in 1951 making it the second oldest in Britain.

From the windswept peaks of mount Snowdon, to the shores of lake Bala, the Snowdonia National Park is a truly diverse dominion. Aside from the spectacular landscape and all its associated pleasures, the Park also includes the warm hospitality of its inhabitants, their charming towns & villages, ancient cultures and excellent local produce.

Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925, Portmeirion Village was built in imitation of a rustic Italian village. Sitting at the feet of Snowdonia it makes for a charming dislocation that is truly unique. Portmeirion’s place in popular culture has been set in stone as a result.

The iconic sixties spy drama, The Prisoner, led to an avalanche of programmes using the village of Portmeirion as a setting, and many more as an inspiration (Jools Holland, Noel Coward, Paul McCartney, Steven Fry, Supergrass and Iron Maiden are just a few names on that roll call). Previously the village had entertained Frank Lloyd Wright, Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman, making Portmeirion undoubtedly the jewel in the glittering crown of Snowdonia.

Towns & villages

Things to Do

Dyffryn Cafe

Dinas-Mawddwy

Dyffryn Cafe offers light and full breakfasts, homemade cakes, coffee and soft drinks, a selection of cooked and light lunches and even takeaways if you’re on the go.

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

Dolgellau

Coed y Brenin visitor centre near Dolgellau, is the gateway to Coed y Brenin Forest Park. Try world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, café, cycle shop, all-ability play area and an easy access trail.

Southern Snowdonia | Cadair Idris

Dolgellau

Cadair Idris is a spectacular mountain reserve in Southern Snowdonia of over 450 hectares of breathtaking landscape, rugged summits, glacial lakes and a mossy wooded gorge.

Melin Meirion Mill Woollen Centre

Dinas-Mawddwy

Melin Meirion Mill Shop and Cafe is on the A470 between Machynlleth and Dolgellau near the village of Dinas Mawddwy.

Cadair Idris | Visitor Centre & Tea Room

Tywyn

Cadair Idris Visitor Centre & Tea Room is 250 metres from the car park. The Minffordd path to the Cadair Idris summit passes by them.

Portmeirion Village

Minffordd

This unique village is set on its own private peninsula on the southern shores of Snowdonia. It was created by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it.

Camlan Garden Centre & Farm Shop

Dinas-Mawddwy

Camlan Garden Centre stocks a wide range of Welsh-grown shrubs and bedding plants, as well as British-grown perennials, annuals and alpine plants; as well as the usual garden centre essentials such as compost and pots!

Mary Jones World

Bala

Mary Jones World in Bala is an award-winning state of the art visitor centre & cafe that tells the story of Mary Jones and Thomas Charles, and the impact of world's best-selling book – on Wales and the world!

National White Water Centre

Bala

The National White Water Centre has over 30 years of experience in providing white water rafting at the best summer white water facility in the UK.

Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway

Tywyn

Historic narrow-gauge steam railway set in beautiful, unspoilt Snowdonia. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.

Bala Lake Railway

Bala

A delightful ride through the glorious scenery of the Snowdonia National Park along the shore line of Wales' largest natural lake.

Coed y Brenin Forest Park (NRW)

Dolgellau

Ty'n y Groes car park and riverside picnic area is the gateway to three forest walks, from an all ability trail with the tallest trees in Coed y Brenin (and downloadable Ty'n y Groes MP3 audio trail) OS Grid Reference: SH 730 233

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve (NRW)

Harlech

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

Fairbourne Golf Club

Fairbourne

The Golf Club is a Community Project with a 1,000 yard hole par 3 course set in an idyllic location and open to the general public. It is challenging enough for the old hands, but not too daunting for beginners.

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdovey

The Trefeddian Hotel serve everything from a three course dining room lunch to more relaxed light bites, sandwiches and delicious homemade afternoon tea in the hotel lounges or on a sunny day on our stunning sea view terrace.

Craft Cymru - Bala

Bala

There are five Craft Cymru shops in Wales offering a wide selection of clothing for all occasions and the perfect place to browse through a beautiful selection of authentic Welsh gifts and souvenirs.

Abermaw | Barmouth

Barmouth

Abermaw / Barmouth in Southern Snowdonia is a great location for Mountain, Sand and Sea. Extensive sandy beach with attractions, water sports and boat trips. Situated on the Coast Path with walking and cycling available for all abilities.

Mawddach Estuary

Dolgellau

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.

Barmouth Beach

Barmouth

Barmouth is southern Snowdonia’s most popular seaside resort. In summer, its big sandy beach is a magnet for visitors, yet there’s so much space along miles of unbroken sands that it never gets overcrowded.

Mermaid Spa Portmeirion

Portmeirion

A haven of tranquillity overlooking the Dwyryd Estuary

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