Bordered by the Irish Sea, with its beautiful coastline and the Snowdonia National Park at its heartland Gwynedd has much to offer guests staying in one of its many holiday homes. Gwynedd has some of the most impressive landscapes in the UK. History and tradition fill the county, with medieval fortresses such as Caernarfon and Harlech, or the wonderful architectural village of Port Merion, waiting to be explored. The picturesque Llŷn Peninsula also makes up part of the county of Gwynedd. There, the remoteness from urban life has given the peninsula a culture-rich image, making Llŷn a popular destination for holidays. Gwynedd features some impressive mountains, and the Snowdon Mountain Railway can take you right to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales for breath-taking views of the county and beyond.
Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can use Llety’r Bugail, a country cottage with mountain views located in the small market town of Dolgellau, Gwynedd, as their home base to explore scenic Snowdonia National Park by foot or mountain bike or make a day of it at nearby Fairbourne Beach. Sleeps 6.
If you would like a peaceful and romantic getaway to the remote surroundings of Snowdonia, Lavender Cottage offers modern accommodation of a high standard to couples. Based on a charming smallholding the terraced - bedroom barn conversion immerses guests in rolling hills and rural Welsh scenery.
Ty Mawr is a lovingly maintained large holiday cottage with a hot tub, residing in the gorgeous Gwynedd countryside of Llanuwchllyn in the Pennant Lliw Valley. Guests can walk or bike their way through Celtic castle ruins upon Carndochan, or visit Lake Bala for watersports. Sleeps 8.
Rural and delightfully remote, Cwm Yr Afon Cottage is located on a sheep farm. This beautifully renovated rural cottage in the North Wales countryside is a small, romantic retreat in Snowdonia. Dog-friendly and child-friendly. Sleeps 3.
A delightful stone-built farm cottage situated amidst the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains in Snowdonia National Park, Berwyn Cottage near the market town of Bala, Gwynedd, offers families of up to four on holiday in the Welsh highlands the perfect home base to explore this natural rural paradise.
Maes Coch Cottage welcomes couples planning a holiday in Snowdonia walking, climbing, touring or simply relaxing, this cosy countryside farm cottage near Dolgellau in North Wales. Maes sleeps two people in a king-size double bedroom.
The Oakleys enjoys beautiful views of Porthmadog harbour and offers families a modern and spacious apartment in North Wales and Snowdonia. The pet-friendly apartment lies in a quiet residential area close to beaches and features light-filled spaces, modern comforts and an invigorating sea breeze.
An impressive Victorian country house and gardens in the Snowdonia village of Llanbedr. This pet friendly holiday house in rural surroundings sleeps 15 in 7 bedrooms and stands within easy reach of the beach.
The Keepers Lodge is a large detached cottage offering rural self-catering holidays for big groups and families just outside Morfa Nefyn in the picturesque Llyn Peninsula on the North Coast of Wales. The cottage sleeps 20 in 8 bedrooms and has a hot tub and WiFi.
Set below a wooded hillside, this pretty cottage features exposed beams, stone walls and oak and slate floors as well as comfortable and elegant accommodation for up to 10 guests.
Bwythyn-y-Wennol Cottage keeps alive the tradition of the family seaside holiday. This coastal cottage on the idyllic Llyn Peninsula in Abersoch sleeps 2-5 guests. The stunning Llyn Coastal Path beckons, as do Snowdonia and so many other sights and activities in this beautiful corner of North Wales.
This 18th century stone built coastal cottage is located in the village of Fairbourne close to Barmouth and Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales a the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park. It can sleep five people in three bedrooms.
Minffordd Cottage is a 19th-century stone-built end-terrace cottage in the quiet hamlet of Llanegryn in Mid Wales and Cardigan Bay, replete with stone exterior, exposed beams, a summer house and beautiful gardens, as well as stunning views, space for pets and proximity to the mountains and the sea.
Ty Cerrig, with incredible rustic décor sleeping five, is built from an ancient barn in Llanbedr. This magnificent coast and countryside getaway near Harlech in Snowdonia offers homely modern features along with easy access to breathtaking natural scenery and many outdoor activities. Pets welcome.
Floor to ceiling windows captures the stunning views of the countryside of North Wales and Snowdonia at Cae Mawr, a thoroughly modern coastal cottage in Dinas Dinlle. The pet-friendly cottage promises contemporary décor and furnishings, plus a hot tub, open fire and proximity to sandy beaches.
Set amidst fabulous Welsh countryside along the river AfonDulas, Capel Ebenezer near the village of Corris, Gwynedd, is a former church converted into a gorgeous child-friendly cottage with a games room, split-level interior with striking oak and wrought-iron staircase, and four spacious bedrooms.
Glan Y Gors is a stone-built cottage sleeping 6 in North Wales, 5-miles outside Llanberis. This wheelchair accessible and pet friendly holiday cottage is situated in an elevated rural location opposite Mount Snowdon in the scattered village of Dinorwic.
Ddol Helyg Farmhouse is a large and spacious North Wales holiday cottage. It is situated in the grounds of the owner's 30-acre livery yard, on the edge of the village of Llanrug, just 2 miles from the Snowdonian town of Llanberis in Gwynedd.
Savour the spectacular view of Menai Straits from the patio at Penrallt Cottage and delight in the peace and tranquillity of a stone-built conversion on the outskirts of Y Felinheli, in North Wales. Appreciate the combination of contemporary style and traditional charm of this coastal cottage.
Brodawel House is an accessible period Edwardian holiday home with sea and mountain views on the North Wales Coast in Aberdovey. This large and pet friendly holiday cottage sleeps 15 in 7 bedrooms (5 ensuite, 1 with wheelchair access).
Isallt is a homely stone-built holiday home near Harlech between Snowdonia and the Cambrian coast. Located on a farm, this Grade II listed 19th Century barn conversion, has been refurbished to a high standard and is perfect for a rural retreat near the beach for a family holiday. Pets welcome.
Tyddn Goronwy is a large and spacious Welsh Coast holiday cottage between Barmouth and Harlech Castle. The property sleeps 10 and enjoys shared seasonal use of a heated indoor swimming pool. A 10-minute walk to a big sandy beach, the spacious house is very nicely equipped and furnished.
This large Snowdonia holiday cottage sleeps 8, with amazing views of the surrounding countryside, slate floors, a jacuzzi bath and a private garden. Cefn-Yr-Efail is a coastal cottage outside the charming harbour town of Porthmadog, near sandy beaches, mountains and lakes, in Gwynedd, North Wales.
Hunting Lodge is a rare find; a large stone-built detached holiday lodge on the Talhenbont Hall Estate near Criccieth. Brimming with character, the four-bedroom, pet-friendly, rural cottage boasts tranquillity, rural character, modern facilities and a delightful garden.
Gwynedd is home to many seaside resorts such as Harlech, which lies within the Snowdonia National Park and is best known for the landmark Harlech Castle. Morfa Nefyn, a small village located on the northern coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, contains a host of traditional shops and a sandy beach. There are plenty of hamlets nearby, such as the picturesque fishing hamlet of Porthdinllaen, at which you can experience Welsh culture or just enjoy a drink at the local pubs.
Heritage Steam lovers will be spoilt for choice, as Gwynedd offers visitors a selection of 3 of the 'Little Lines of Wales'. In addition to the Snowdon Mountain Railway, tours on the Welsh Highland Railway from Bangor and, perhaps the most famous of them all, the Ffestiniog Railway, which runs up into Snowdonia from the picturesque seaside town of Porthmadog.
Gwynedd's steep cliffs and craggy mountain ranges make it perfect for outdoor activities such as abseiling and mountain-biking. These can be taken part in safely at various centres across the county. For real white knuckle entertainment, take a ride on Velocity, the fastest and, at over a mile in length, the long longest zip wire in the world.
The varying terrain also means there are plenty of interesting walks, particularly in and around Snowdonia. The popularity of walks in the area means there are often organised walks going on that are ideal for discovering the best routes. Or for something a bit different, head to the museums dotted around Gwynedd that give you an insight into the county's culture and how it came to be. The National Slate Museum is the most popular in Gwynedd. It tells the story of how Wales's famous quarries developed over time.
Gwynedd isn't all rural mountains and sparsely populated villages. Bangor is a popular city in Gwynedd. It is home to a large shopping area with several smaller independent retail outlets scattered around the area. Bangor is known for its arts, and you will often hear classical music being performed or see the striking Pontio arts complex. A walk along Bangor's elegant Victorian Pier, which offers beautiful views across to Anglesey, is also recommended.
At the southern end of Gwynedd is Tywyn is another popular location which is a town and seaside resort, the location of the mystical Cadfan Stone and one of Wale's narrow-gauge steam railways. This stone cross bears the earliest known example of written Welsh. Twyn is also the starting point for another of Wales's narrow-gauge steam railways.