Plas Isa is based in one of the greatest areas in the UK and we want to share the best with you. Snowdonia National Park has so much to offer - below are some of our favourite activities.
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hiking / Walking
Whether you are an experienced hiker / walker to just like to go for a short stroll - you find it on our doorstep. Leave our house from the back door and you're at the start of the Mawddach Trail to Barmouth. Leave through the front door and a whole world of tracks opens up in front of you - Cader Idris, Precipice Walk, Torrent Walk, to and around Gwernan & Cregennen Lakes,... just to name a few.
Dolgellau is the first stop on the Snowdonia Way that runs from Machynlleth to Conwy (97 or 122 miles depending on the route you chose)
Step in the footsteps of Mary Jones and walk the 28 miles through spectacular countryside from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant to Bala.
Mountain biking/ cycling
If mountain biking is your thing, you have to go to Coed y Brenin - a world famous mountain biking centre only a short ride/drive from Dolgellau. Tons of tracks to challenge your skills in all weathers.
Rather stay on the road or at least a little less muddy? Chose a route around us on the country lanes, one of the National Cycle Network 82 or 8 (Lon Las Cymru), the Cader Idris route or the dis-used railway track along the Mawddach Estuary - including the optional beer at the George III hotel.
For more info also see Visit Snowdonia
Enjoy a visit to Barmouth - whether for a bit of a shopping or relaxing on this magnificent beach.
For the little ones there is King Arthur's Labyrinth - experience a boat ride through the caves and hear the tales of dragons & the legendary King Arthur. You can also get lost in the Labyrinth. All, while the grown ups visit Corris Craft Centre (Dyfi Distillery, Chocolate making, Natural Wood Furniture,...) On the way you also find Centre for Alternative Technology with something interesting for everyone.
Visit one of the many castles - Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe! The nearest is Harlech Castle - just follow the coastal road up from Barmouth.
Play a round of golf at Royal St David's Golf Club, the home of one of the finest traditional links courses in the world.
Escape to Portmeirion for dreamy Italian architecture and lovely views.
Who does not love staring at the stars? Snowdonia National Park is a Dark Sky Reserve - with Llynnau Cregennan (Lakes) being recommended as a great place to stargaze. During the day, these Lakes are an amazing fishing spot. Ideal for families to serious anglers. Fishing is permitted between 8.00 am and 1 hour after dusk. Permits can be obtained at Cader Idris Outdoor Gear on Eldon Square.
Thinking of going for a run? The Parkrun Dolgellau starts from our backgate (Marian Carpark), every Saturday morning 9AM
Eating & Drinking
Dolgellau is very lucky to have some great food places - Torrent Walk Cellar Bar, Tafarn y Gader Tapas Bar, Y Meirionnydd hotel, Lemon Grass, Y Sospan, The Royal Ship Hotel, Cosy Fish & Chips, Yr Hen Efail (in our humble opinion the Best cooked Breakfast in Town)
There are several pubs within walking distance - Cross Keys, the "Torrent", Gwin Dylanwad Wine, Unicorn, The Royal Ship Hotel, if you're only after a drink.
A little further out of town is the newly refurbished George III hotel - overlooking the Mawddach estuary.