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INFORMATION ON THE AREA AND PLACES OF INTEREST


Brynllydan is situated on a hillside in a secluded location. Overlooking the vale of Glaslyn it is surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, with views across the valley towards Mount Snowdon.


And here at Brynllydan we have lots of wildlife for you to enjoy such as Badgers, Owls, Woodpeckers, Foxes, Cuckoo`s in spring and many other species of wildlife.

 

A new Osprey`s nest is now located on the hill behind Brynllydan and is visible from our grounds or just a short walk up the hill for a closer viewing.


The area is well known for walking, climbing and mountain biking, as well as game fishing, cycling and golf, making staying here an ideal base for touring the area.


 

Below are a few of the nearby places of interest and things to do.

 

Watkin Path route to Snowdon summit is only 8 miles away with Pen Y Pass just a couple of miles further. Visit the Snowdonia National Park website www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/home for hiking routes and general information on the National Park. An alternative way to enjoy Snowdon is to use the famous Snowdon Railway.

 

The area is popular for bird watchers, with the Glaslyn osprey nesting sites www.glaslynwildlife.co.uk in the valey to the front and a new nest on the hill behind Brynllydan, visible from our grounds. Red kite feeding centres can be visited to the south by car. Herons can be seen regularly on the estuary along with many other waterfowl.

 

Portmeirion fantasy village created by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis famous for the hit TV series "The Prisoner" is just three miles away and well worth a visit. Visit Portmeirion Village website.

 

For the romantics among you there is Beddgelert village nearby: A note on Beddgelert, the story of a faithful hound.


Just outside Blaenau Ffestiniog is the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, where you can go deep underground and see how Victorian miners worked or try the Bounce Below on underground trampolines and Zip World Titan where you can speed along on the zip wires.

 

Located opposite the Porthmadog mainline Railway station is the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway www.whr.co.uk/ complete with a recently expanded interactive museum.

 

A few miles to the east is the largest fresh water lake in Wales, Lake Bala, a Mecca for water sports enthusiasts with sailing activities, canoeing and whitewater rafting throughout the year. The Bala Lake narrow gauge railway skirts the shore offering a more leisurely view of the lake.

 

Also for the railway enthusiast we have the Blaenau Ffestiniog and the newly extended Welsh Highland narrow gauge railway lines that leave from the harbour town of Porthmadog four miles away. www.ffestiniograilway.co.uk

 

Porthmadog is also the starting point for the Llyn peninsula coastal path taking in the spectacular headland castle at Criccieth. In a small village near Criccieth is the museum of the famous world war one statesman and prime minister Lloyd George, who introduced the old age pension and gave women the vote.

To the north we have the beautiful Caernarfon Castle known for the investiture of Prince Charles, and just a few miles down the coast is Harlech Castle famous for the inspiration of the welsh hymn "men of Harlech" and at Harlech there is the St David's golf course for the golfers among you. For more information on Welsh castles, visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk


The area is also outstanding for some of the UK`s most beautiful bays and long sandy beaches, with many holding the coveted blue flag award. The coastline is also a magnet for sailing and watersports enthusiasts.

The world class mountain biking centre of Coed y Brenin and its red bull trail are within easy reach, whilst for those with a musical ear Dolgellau hosts the folk rock music festival each July. Dolgellau is also famous for its royal connection, supplying Welsh gold for the royal family wedding rings from the St David's gold mine, where gold was first discovered in 1864.

In fact there are so many places to see and visit that we can only recommend that you stop with us for a while to savour the delights of some of North Wales premier sights, for these are but a few.