North Wales is home to some of the UK’s most picturesque scenery. Rolling hills, crystal clear streams and luscious green pastures provide the area with stunning landscapes that are ideal for countryside walks. As a result of this serene setting, North Wales is also perfect if you require a remote and peaceful holiday getaway, far from the hustle and bustle of modern life where you can just relax and unwind. Here are just a few of the very best such locations in North Wales.
Also known as “the island of 20,000 saints” Bardsey Island is steeped in religious history and mythological lore, both of which contributed to it becoming a popular place of pilgrimage in centuries past. The island is pretty much as remote as you can get, however, so do be prepared for a genuine return to basics. If you are happy to go without modern trappings however, it’s a striking location surrounded by breathtaking views and blessed with fascinating ancient ruins (including the former St. Mary’s Abbey). There’s also a wide array of wildlife to be found nearby, including regular sightings of grey seals.
Perhaps Anglesey’s most idyllic seaside village, Trearddur Bay is a peaceful respite that is perfect for a quiet beach holiday. There are nearby golf courses should you wish to partake, as well as plenty of sea fishing spots, too. If you’re more of a beach lover, however, Trearddur Bay has a stretch of pristine sand that is perfect for wiling away a sunny day on. It’s also the perfect spot for countryside walks and especially for anyone wanting to bring along their dog. Holyhead is nearby should you require a larger town at any point, but otherwise simply enjoy the scenic surroundings of this gorgeous seaside community.
Harlech is a historic seaside town in Gwynedd that benefits from not only having a gorgeous sandy beach, but also easy access to the vast Snowdonia national park. If you fancy a relaxing holiday that allows you to balance countryside walks with lazing on the beach, Harlech is the perfect spot. There’s also the legendary Harlech castle which is an ideal spot for a fun and informative day out.
One of North Wales’ most beloved villages, Betws-Y-Coed is incredibly eye-catching and nestled amidst some of Wales’ most beautiful countryside. Located within the Gwydyr Forest and with three rivers passing by it, it’s the perfect place for enjoying the great outdoors and experiencing a bit of peace and quiet at the same time. Betws-Y-Coed is also within easy distance of Conwy and its magnificent castle should you fancy a day out. There are plenty of quaint cafes and tourist shops to enjoy, as well as a superb Motor Museum that is home to dozens of vintage cars.
Llanbedr is a peaceful village blessed with truly breathtaking surroundings. The village is extremely quiet and yet is also near to the likes of Barmouth and Portmadog if you want to explore further afield. Nearby you can take in the joys of Snowdon’s National Park, as well as the incredibly popular Shell Island, an incredibly remote locale only accessible to vehicles across a causeway once the tide has gone out. Enjoy a spot of fishing or collect some of the wide variety of shells that are found on its beaches and provide the island with its unique name.
Located close to the popular Glaslyn Gorge, Beddgelert could perhaps lay claim to being Snowdonia’s most naturally stunning village of all. Surrounded by stunning scenery and with two rivers converging at its centre, it’s a naturally scenic spot that’s perfect for walking in. The nearby Sygun Copper Mine is also a wonderful place to explore. Beddgelert was also the place where Rupert the Bear author Alfred Bestall wrote and illustrated many of the famous stories in a nearby cottage, which may be of extra interest to any fans of the books.
If any of these relaxing locations do take your fancy, why not book your next break in North Wales today? View these cottages in Wales to help make your planning that little bit easier.