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Great Days out from Porthmadog

1. Head NorthWest out of town on the A497 a 10-minute drive to Criccieth. Prepare yourself for the magnificent view of the castle on its rocky headland as you approach the town. The castle originally built by the Welsh mediaeval princes, added to by Edward the first of England, only to be sacked by the Welsh leader Owain Glyndwr in 1240, is well worth a visit. Head on from Criccieth to Llanystumdwy for many years home to Lloyd George, one of the most famous of Britain's prime ministers and then on towards Pwllheli and around the Llyn Peninsula, known as the Welsh Riviera famous for its cliffs and sandy beaches

2. Head North East through Tremadog on the A498 towards Beddgelert, a lovely mountain village to visit especially in the summer when it is ablaze with flowers. It wins Britain in Bloom competitions year after year. It is steeped in Welsh mythology so be sure to visit the grave of the legendary greyhound Gelert.

3. Travel via Bedgellert to Llanberis along the A498 through spectacular mountain scenery to the home of the famous Snowdon Mountain railway and numerous visitor attractions particularly for children.

4. Head North To Caernarfon on the A487 the ceremonial capital of Wales with its 13th Century Castle over the Menai Bridge and Straits onto the Isle of Anglesey through Beaumaris with its fine castle and pastel coloured houses. Discover the picturesque coves and bays and visit in particular the sea zoo and animal farm

5. Head South West along A470 to Portmeirion and then onto Harlech with its 13th century Castle overlooking Cardigan Bay along the coast to Barmouth at the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary with its spectacular backdrop of southern Snowdonia mountains. Drive onto Dolgellau at the foot of Cader Idris, famous for its gold mines

6. Head South East to Blaeanau Ffestiniog  and its famous Llechwedd Slate Caverns winner of all top tourism awards, Trawsfynydd Power Station and Bala set on the shores of Wales’s largest natural lake. Llyn Tegid, an international centre for water sports can be viewed by travelling on the Bala Lake railway.



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