If you’d like to be able to see Wales’ highest mountain from your window, a holiday cottage in Llanberis could be a great choice. Nestled on the banks of a sweeping lake, at the foot of Mount Snowdon, a more spectacular base for a holiday in northwest Wales would be hard to find. Thanks to the village’s location in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, self-catering holidays in Llanberis are popular among climbers, walkers, mountaineers and scuba divers. Overlooked by the ruins of Dolbadarn Castle, this lively community is home to a scattering of cafes, pubs, galleries and outdoors shops.
The A4026 runs through the village and along the banks of the Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris, which together form the Llanberis Pass, a stretch of glistening water cutting through the mountain range. As you explore the charming village centre, you’ll notice a number of striking historical landmarks, including graceful St Padarn’s Church and the chapel of Capel Coch. For a small village, Llanberis hosts an impressive calendar of events, including the excellent Llanberis Film Festival, every February. If you’re in the area in July, don’t miss the Snowdon Race, when endurance runners tackle a grueling ten-mile route from the village centre to the top of the mountain. For a pint after a day’s exploring, head to the Heights, an atmospheric inn, serving real ales and a variety of hearty pub meals.
Llanberis holiday cottages are perfectly located for making the trek to the summit of Wales’ highest mountain. Starting in the village, the Llanberis Path is the longest route to the top, but also the least strenuous. If you don’t fancy the walk, there’s always the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which offers a comfortable ascent with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. A visit to Electric Mountain, a massive hydroelectric power station built into the rock, is also a must.