Last minute family microadventure to Snowdonia national park in Wales.
Ok, Saint Patrick’s day is great in Ireland but this year we decided (at the last minute) to make use of the bank holiday in Ireland and hop on the ferry to Wales. After a quick google search for suitable locations based on reviews for this time of year we came across the little gem know as Betws-y-Coed. Just a mere 50 minutes drive from Holyhead and slap bang in the Snowdonia national park making it perfect as a base for exploring the park, lakes and mountains.
You know your in the right spot for adventure by the 12 outdoor retailers that are in business in this village and the amount of hikers walking around and kayaks on cars.
We stayed in one of the family rooms in the Gwydyr hotel which was perfect in all ways and recommend. We booked via booking.com as they offer a free cancelation which is a great idea if travelling by the weather dependant car ferry. Speaking of which, our fast ferry from Dublin to Holyhead was cancelled due to bad sea conditions but we were put on the 40 minute earlier slow ferry at no extra cost which was just a hour longer in trip time.
It worked out cheaper to hire a car from Hertz in the ferry terminal in Holyhead than bring our car with us, so we ended up with a Ford Kuga (I want one!) which was perfect and economical.
Of course we didn’t get to visit all that we planned to visit, but the high lights would be, Gwynedd (the main image above) perfect for mountain, river, lake and forest exploring. Bounce below and zip world, this is a must!!! The castle in Conwy, one of the biggest and best preserved castles I have ever seen. Surf Snowdonia – if your into surfing or would like to learn, this is the spot. Gwydyr Forest and its numerous trails and of course, the beautiful village of Betws-y-Coed.
The weather wasn’t great (rain, but warm) but it never put us down and once dressed for the occasion, you too will love this spot.