Snowy mountains, sparkling lakes and a wild coast are all on the doorstep of Abergynolwyn holiday cottages. This small village in southern Gwynedd, Wales is set amid unspoiled countryside in the shadow of Cadair Idris. It lies at the confluence of two rivers, Nant Gwernol and Afon Dysynni, eight miles from the coast at the southern end of Snowdonia National Park. This tightknit community started life as homes for workers at a nearby quarry, when the Talyllyn Railway was used to transport slate to the coast. Today, it is the perfect base for a relaxing break in the heart of north Wales. Self-catering holidays in Abergynolwyn are popular among walkers tackling Cadair Idris, thanks to the footpath to the summit which begins just outside the village. It is a tough ascent, but you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Snowdonia, the Mawddach Estuary and the coast beyond.

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Take a wander into the village from your holiday cottage in Abergynolwyn and you will discover a welcoming community with a church and post office. There's also an excellent pub, the Railway Inn, where you can enjoy a pint of local ale and a delicious meal, prepared with the finest ingredients from the surrounding countryside. The woods, farmland, riverbanks and mountains around Abergynolwyn are a paradise for walking and wildlife-watching. A circular route leaves the village before meandering through the Dysynni Valley, passing an ancient castle and church along the way. Don't miss beautiful Lake Talyllyn, just upstream from Abergynolwyn. If you fancy a day by the sea, head to the laid-back resort of Tywyn, eight miles west of Abergynolwyn, home to a sandy Blue Flag Beach backed by a graceful promenade from which passing dolphins are often spotted.