where to begin
The wonderful market town of Dolgellau (pron. Dol-geth-lie) has a long and fascinating history; it has been the centre of Politics and Industry for hundreds of years. If History is your thing, then head over to the Meirionnydd Record Office at Dolgellau Library and dive in to the fascinating archives there. Nestled at the foothills of the Cadair Idris Mountain Range, Dolgellau is the perfect place to start your holiday in Wales. If it’s adventure you’re looking for, then you’ve come to the right place. If relaxing and curling up with a good book, or having a gentle stroll and a mooch around the shops is more your style then; we’ve got you covered.
If you’d like to explore this historic town by foot, then perhaps head over to ‘Show me Wales’ to follow the town trail. Similarly, you can jump over to the Croeso i Ddolgellau site and use the interactive map to navigate your way around the town. This site has multiple language options too.
FOOD & DRINK
Dolgellau has a plethora of shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, pubs, a library, bakeries, butchers, chemists, banks. You name it, it’s here. If, after a long day doing something or nothing, you fancy tantalizing your taste buds, check out our ‘Eats & Treats’ directory below.
A stroll in Dol
There are a handful of great family walks that can be done right from your doorstep, for example, the Mawddach Trail. This walk takes a path along the estuary from Dolgellau to Barmouth. It’s about 9 miles long and is suitable for all abilities with no climbing involved. A section of the trail has been adapted for those with disabilities too, so everyone can get some fresh air.
The Torrent Walk is a little more than a stroll. It’s a circular route of about 2.5 miles which a slightly rougher and has steeper sections. It’s a fantastic walk that usually takes 1 – 2 hours.
The Precipice Walk is one of the most popular walks in Southern Snowdonia. The views are spectacular and well worth the 3 mile journey out of town to the start point. The walk is elevated between 700-850ft above sea level and it will take an hour or two to complete the loop.
The house has a collection of maps, books and information leaflets for guests to peruse so you can plan your walk, trails, hikes and climbs. There’s so much to do, you’ll want to stay longer!