Holidays in north Wales

The mountains of Snowdonia north Wales in the distance
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Snowdonia, north Wales


The mountains of Snowdonia provide a stunning backdrop to many scenes of north Wales. The photograph on the left shows views of Snowdonia from the Isle if Anglesey.

Many people visit Snowdonia to go up Mount Snowdon on foot or take the train. Either way is wonderful to get the best panoramic views in Wales as long as the weather is clear.

I recall my last trip to Snowdonia where we dodged sheep poo and peat bogs in muddy fields then attempted to climb the mountain. We soon decided that perhaps the train was the better option and ascended into thick cloud. The Welsh cakes in the tea shop were lovely and the sociable evening at the pub. I will check the weather forecast before my next attempted ascent of Snowdon.

All those solid stone villages in Snowdonia have their own story to tell. They local people are friendly and quite used to tourists peering into their windows and asking silly questions.

Some of the village names are unpronouncable to foreigners. There should be an annual challenge in the correct reading of Welsh village and town names. I am still in the dark about how to pronounce Penrhyndeudraeth, Ffridd Uchaf or Betws-y-Coed properly. I have read that all Welsh letters should be pronounced even if it looks impossible! How the Welsh must laugh when the English, Irish and Scots come visiting.

However, it is the spectacular beauty of the Snowdonia National Park and north Wales that keeps visitors returning year after year. We might not be able to speak much Welsh but we can show our appreciation by repeated holidays in Wales.

Find good quality cottage in north Wales for your stay, take in all that splendid scenery as you attempt to master Welsh pronunciation. Perhaps a beverage or two down at the pub would help the tongue get round those words more easily?


self catering cottages Snowdonia National Park


You might wish to consider a self catering cottage on a farm in north Wales where you have more of an opportunity to talk to the locals and help out with the daily work on a farm. Children love this type of holiday. These farm holidays will be near or in Snowdonia.


Places to visit during your holiday in Snowdonia, north Wales

  • Shell Island, near Harlech has sandy beaches and as its name suggests hundreds of different types of sea shell to find. Do not take the shells home or the island will have to be renamed and might be given one of those lengthy Welsh names instead.
  • Dyfi Furnace for a look at historic charcoal-burning blast furnaces and waterwheel. A good opportunity to bore the kids about how things used to be. Learning go cope with boredom is a life skill. Really.
  • The Electric Mountain for the most impressive manufacture of hydro-electric power in Europe's largest man-made cave.
  • You might also wish to visit Ty Mawr Wybrnant near Penmachno which is run by the National Trust and is the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan who translated the Bible into Welsh.



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