Where are we, and why visit?
Dolgellau and Brithdir are in the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park (Eryri). This part of Snowdonia is rural and extremely beautiful, and is centred around the spectacular Mawddach Estuary and Cader Idris mountain. We are well placed to explore much of Wales North and Mid Wales - although a car is essential. There is so much to do you won't possibly pack it all in to one holiday. Whether you want a relaxing walk, spa experience or you're after a more exhilarating, adrenalin fuelled adventure - it's on your doorstep!
Dolgellau & Brithdir
Dolgellau is a charming and quaint market town (although lots of our guests feel it is more like a village!) overlooked by the magnificent Cader Idris mountain. It has an old world feel and you can spend your time in the many shops and restaurants it has to offer. The town has over 200 listed buildings, which gives you a sense of some of the architecture around you. Brithdir is a small hamlet about 5 minutes drive outside of Dolgellau. Away from the bustle of the small town it is very quiet, and you won't find any shops - the perfect escape.
We are perfectly located for visiting the vast sandy beaches, rolling hills and forestry in the area, or as a base to go further afield into North Wales to places such as Portmeirion, Anglesey, Zipworld, Harlech Castle, or to climb Mount Snowdon. The Mach Loop attracts plane enthusiasts from all over the world to witness the spectacular low flying planes in training. If you wish you can hire a bike within walking distance and explore the stunning Mawddach Estuary and bike all the way to Barmouth (stopping at the pub on the way).
If you are looking for sandy beaches to soak up the sun, or you are drawn to the water to indulge in wild swimming or watersports, then you will be spoilt for choice! We are only 12 miles from both Fairbourne and Barmouth beaches. Fairbourne is a more quiet, sandy beach with beautiful views and gentle, shallow seas - great for swimming. There are a couple of local shops and public toilets. A miniature steam railway runs from the village to the point, and from there you can catch a boat to Barmouth - it's a real treat (please check they're running before going!).
Barmouth has much more of a seaside destination feel and is more busy. There are lots of independent shops to explore, arcades, rides, donkeys and all you'd expect from a coastal tourist spot.
The entire Cambrian Coast is stunning, and we definitely recommend a trip up the coast towards Harlech. The views alone are worth it. Harlech beach has rolling sand dunes to explore which are great fun (and there is a castle to visit), and if you keep going you can head towards Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog where you can park on the beach. With both Llandudno and Rhyl an hour and half away (approx 60 miles) the whole of north Wales is really accessible to be explored if you desired.
Similarly if you head south you will be able to explore the seaside towns of Tywyn and the well known Aberdyfi (both with highly recommended ice cream parlours!). The coastal road between Tywyn and Fairbourne is another one not to be missed - more rugged but beautiful views.
If you are a budding ecologist you won't want to miss a trip to Ynyslas beach (you can drive on) - which is part of the world renowned UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere - under an hour from our door via Machynlleth.
Cader/Cadair Idris Mountain - Dolgellau
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 Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve lies within Snowdonia National Park and is part of the Cadair Idris Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Walkers come from far and wide to walk here and take in the magnificent views.
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 which is connected to the coast by the Mawddach Trail. The trail runs from Dolgellau to Morfa Mawddach, at the south side of the Barmouth railway bridge. Bike hire is available in Dolgellau, Barmouth and Coed y Brenin if you would like to cycle the route.
Walking and the local area
Snowdonia is a hikers paradise and there are far too many trails and walks to list. We leave some Kittiwake walking books in the property to get you started exploring the local area. These have walks for all abilities and are really easy to follow. We recommend you bring appropriate walking equipment and clothes if you plan to go hiking, and choose trails for your ability and experience - the weather can change very quickly here, and phone signal is patchy in isolated areas. Some more popular local walks include:
The precipice walk - 3 miles, start near Dolgellau
Panorama Walk - 4 miles, start near Barmouth
Abergwynant Woods - 4 miles, start Penmaenpool (nr Dolgellau)
Clogau (gold mines) - 4 miles, Bontddu
Stand up Paddle Boarding/Boating
Llyn Tegid at Bala is well known for watersports and you can hire equipment to enjoy boating or paddleboarding from Bala Adventure and Watersport Centre.
Try Stand Up Paddle boarding in Barmouth with fully qualified/experienced instructors in the beautiful surroundings of the Mawddach Estuary.
You can hire kayaks and paddleboards on the stunning lake Vrynwy via Bethania Adventure (at the boathouse).
Bring your bike and go exploring off the beaten track!! We are spoilt for choice when it comes to mountain biking. The infamous Redbull Hardline is held every year 5 minutes up the road near Dinas Mawddwy, and there is plenty of forestry to explore for every skill level.
Dyfi Bike Park - Mountain trails hand crafted by Dan Atherton (former national champion of Great Britain)
Coed y Brenin - Natural Resources Wales’ mountain bike Mecca, Coed-y-Brenin Forest is home to an ever-increasing network of fantastic handbuilt all-weather singletracks including the ‘Falseteeth’ which incorporates the biggest feature in the forest, ‘The Cavity’.
Portmeirion is an Italian renaissance style village located on the coast of North Wales, most famous for being the setting of the cult television program The Prisoner.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Want to try your hand at clay pigeon shooting?? Dovey Valley Shooting Ground has a range of experiences you can book.
Take your pick from Zip World Slate Cavern, Zip World Fforest or Zip World Penrhyn Quarry. Thrilling adventures - above and below ground!! Highly recommended for a day out - pick your adventure.