Activities In & Around Porthmadog
Within just a few miles of our hotel there are so many activities to do it’s almost impossible to list them all here. We simply give a brief description of the most popular, particularly those such as golf, for larger special interest groups and then list some links to other websites for information on many more things to do.
Snowdonia dominates the views from nearly every course in North Wales. This area includes the Llyn, the Cambrian and North Wales coasts and Anglesey. Choose from a great mix of challenging parkland and links courses – Porthmadog, Nefyn, Royal St. David’s at Harlech, Pwllheli, Abersoch and Aberdyfi are often featured in golf magazines as among the best in Britain.
Nefyn, on a Llyn peninsular cliff-top, is probably among the most scenic and nerve-racking courses in the UK. The championship courses of both Aberdyfi and historic Royal St. David’s – often described as the ‘hardest par 69 in the world’ – are immensely popular with golfers.
We personally organise North Wales golf breaks for visitors. Based centrally for many courses.
- Our considerable local knowledge of courses, green fees and journey times – with navigation maps provided for each on request – ensures the most cost-effective and hassle-free break for you.
- Every itinerary is tailor-made for each guest group based on your needs. We find pre-packaged products may be inappropriate.
- Preparation of an outline schedule and arranging tee-times .
- Gelert’s Bar can be open as late as requested for golf groups who dine with us.
- If ‘other halves’ or parts of a group wish to do other activities, we can arrange separate itineraries.
Please contact us for further information.
Walking & Climbing
In Snowdonia National Park – a far less busy area of outstanding natural beauty off-season than say the Lake District, New Forest or South Downs – there’s every chance you might walk for miles on well marked public footpaths and other rights of way without seeing another soul!
Of course, Mount Snowdon – the highest in England and Wales and just 40 minutes from our hotel – is a magnet for millions of walkers/climbers. But in the Snowdonia Mountains & Coast area there are literally thousands of other paths on hundreds of other beautiful hills and mountains all within easy travelling distance to explore!
What’s more, the national park’s entire coastline is a Special Area of Conservation and can be discovered on foot via the new and unique Wales Coast Path. If you prefer walking by lakes, Snowdonia has more than 100 big ones.
For climbers, we have indoor practice centres close by; the renowned Tremadog Cliffs – ideal for learners and intermediates – just two miles away and of course, the Snowdon Massif, Rhinogs range and Cadair Idris just a short journey away.
Wherever you chose to wander, always check the weather before you go!
Increasingly our hotel is attracting many more cycling enthusiasts. Whether you want a challenging long-distance route, mountain biking trails or simply a day out with your family Snowdonia and Llyn have got the lot.
National Cycling Route 8 – The Lon Las Cymru – from Holyhead in the north to Cardiff in the south via Porthmadog is the ultimate, long-distance cycle tour of Wales: 250 miles of quiet lanes and cycle paths over three distinct mountain ranges.
Nearby Llyn is a nature lover’s dream. Being a peninsula the roads are noticeably quieter without any ‘through traffic’. Country lanes amid dramatic scenery roll down to 47 miles of coastline and golden beaches.
In complete contrast cycling from Porthmadog into Snowdonia National Park is like a Tour de France low-level hill climb through spectacular mountain forests and past rivers, lakes and waterfalls on new trails, tracks and bridleways.
Just 20 minutes travel from the hotel are three of Wales’ dedicated and most spectacular mountain biking Meccas! Coed y Brenin an award-winning forest centre boasts among the best purpose-built, all-weather tracks in the UK but also features training tracks and routes suitable for the whole family. Beddgelert Forest is a well-established centre including bike hire while more recently a community enterprise company opened a brand-new, major UK downhill track above a slate quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog!
Riding & Trekking
Experiencing Snowdonia Mountains and Coast on horseback gives you a chance to enjoy fantastic scenery at a variety of locations and at your own pace
Ideal for the novice, those who have ridden before and the very experienced, horse riding or pony trekking is a great for families, couples, friends as the ‘ultimate’ group adventure or even solo to meet like-minded others.
There are excellent opportunities and facilities for riding, hacking and trekking throughout the region, with several riding stables and centres within 30 minutes travel of our hotel.
Outdoor North Wales
North Wales is fast becoming the UK and European capital of adrenaline-pumping activities! Our hotel has most right on its doorstep and is literally 90 minutes travel tops from each and every one!
In summer 2014 the latest attraction tipped to bring thousands of thrill-seeking visitors to the region opened inside a mammoth slate quarry cavern twice the size of St Paul’s Cathedral!
‘Bounce Below’ at nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog is the world’s first of its kind. Visitors travel underground by train to ‘boing’ all-ways on three giant trampolines linked by a 60ft-long slide for up to an hour, while a light show colours the cavern walls!
Our hotel marketing manager was among the first to try another new attraction there – the largest zip-line course in the world, where riders travel a mile in three runs reaching speeds of 70 mph!
Fishing in this area has something for everyone; golden sandy beaches, rock marks, secluded tidal estuaries, tidal rivers, reservoirs and still water and coarse.
Permits for trout, sea and coarse fishing are available for day, week, monthly or seasonal from specified retail outlets in both Porthmadog and Criccieth.
Trout fishing is good day-time sport on three rivers and around five still waters near to our hotel. All rivers – such as the Dwyfor, Glaslyn and Dwyryd – in the area have natural, wild brown trout to be caught on traditional flies.
Still waters include a couple of excellent trout fisheries – Eisteddfa near Criccieth and Glan Morfa Mawr in Morfa Bychan – both well stocked with Rainbows. Two reservoirs, Cwmystradllyn at 98 acres in the spectacular Snowdonia National Park and Llyn Trawsfynydd, 1200 acres of lake once used as cooling water for a former nuclear power station.
Sea fishing is popular and productive all around the Cambrian and Llyn coast, from Harlech to Abersoch, to Morfa Nefyn and Dinas Dinlle. Mostly from clean, shallow, sandy beaches and rocky outcrops the main species encountered are bass, thornback ray, dogfish, whiting, bream, mackerel, mullet, dabs, flounder, pollock, wrasse, silver eels and occasional plaice.
Coarse fishing is ideal at two fishery lakes – both among mature woodland for a peaceful and relaxing day out – within three miles of each other near Criccieth. Eisteddfa is among the best purpose-built carp lakes in North-West Wales, while Bron Eifion with six acres of established old Estate Lakes is regarded as among the most densely-stocked lakes in Wales and the North West of England.
Finding the right activity, venue and hotel where you can prepare then unwind afterwards is paramount to the success of your corporate day, weekend or longer event. We offer a personal sourcing service and being based here in North-west Wales we know the area, its activity providers and can help organise your day(s) to meet your objectives, such as:
- Staff Reward
- Team Building
- Client Entertainment
- Product launches
Days can be organised on a competitive or team-building basis or simply just for fun and there’s much more than we can list here, if you have something else in mind, simply let us know.
- Quad biking
- Segway Trekking
- Clay Shooting