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Building a Eryri/Snowdonia Driving Holiday

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

Are you looking to create a driving holiday in 2023 touring Snowdonia? Then look no further. We've set up our favourite route and luxury stop overs to help you tour all the best spots this idyllic national park has to offer.

Let us first answer some of the top questions we commonly get asked by our guests.

View down to Tal-y-llyn village, taken from the A470 on the way to Machynlleth
View down to Tal-y-llyn village, taken from the A470 on the way to Machynlleth

Top 10 Eryri/Snowdonia Facts

Here's our list of 10 facts you may not know about Eryri/Snowdonia, our beautiful national park:

  1. Home to Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon (3,560 ft)

  2. Eryri (The Highland) is the Welsh name for the National Park

  3. Two of the '3 Welsh Peaks' are in Snowdonia, Cader Idris and Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

  4. There are 1,497 miles of public footpaths

  5. Snowdonia is home to 9 mountain ranges

  6. …Which cover 52% of the National Park

  7. Wales’ longest established National Park (1951)

  8. Snowdonia is the 3rd largest National Park in the UK (823 sq mi)

  9. Home to Wales’ largest lake, Bala Lake (1.87 sq mi)

  10. 15 mountains over 3000 ft

If you would like to visit Eryri/Snowdonia why not start in quieter Southern Eryri/Snowdonia before heading North and stay at our Luxury 5 Star B&B in Corris, The Old Vicarage

Can I drive around Eryri/Snowdonia?

Absolutely. Eryri/Snowdonia roads are fantastic. There are many roads through the park and all of them offer mind-blowing scenery. From coastal views, to mountains towering above the roadside. Driving around Eryri/Snowdonia is breathtaking.

What is the best month to visit Eryri/Snowdonia?

During warmer weather the roads are busier, as there are more tourists, so we recommend enjoying the tranquility and moody dramatic scenery in April or October where you will find open spaces, roads and trails all to yourself!

There are plenty of accommodation options on the way that offer a warm welcome. Why not try our B&B, The Old Vicarage in Corris, South Snowdonia

What is the most scenic route through Snowdonia?

Drive into Snowdonia on the A458, and then down to Machynlleth. Stop for a couple of nights around Machynlleth to explore South Snowdonia, like Cader Idris, or The Mach Loop. Then head up the coast road, A496 . Head inward on the A470 and stop for a couple of nights in Trefriw or Llanrwst to take in Northern Snowdonia, like Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon.

The Old Vicarage B&B, Southern Snowdonia, accommodation guest house 5 star
The Old Vicarage B&B, Southern Snowdonia

For accommodation in Southern Eryri/Snowdonia:

with 3 course award winning breakfasts, run by Kirsty & Gareth in this stunning Victorian property, South Snowdonia, just off the A487

Crafnant House - B&B - Northern Snowdonia , accommodation guest house
Crafnant House - B&B - Northern Eryri/Snowdonia

For accommodation in Northern Eryri/Snowdonia:

We highly recommend the gorgeous Crafnant House in Trefriw. Stu and Jasmine, run this stunning Boutique B&B. Just off the A470

We can also arrange a two stop tour for you with additional discounts just message us here

How many days should I spend in Eryri/Snowdonia?

4 days is the best to take in the majority of the 'top 10' sites, however you could stay for two weeks and have plenty to do each day. Try to take in some of the less famous, quieter activities.

What is the most scenic drive in North Wales?

Drive into Eryri/Snowdonia on the A458, and take a left down A470 to Machynlleth, this road will show you the breathtaking view down the valley to Tal-y-llyn, often called the most scenic road in Wales. Stop for a couple of nights around Machynlleth to explore South Snowdonia, like Cader Idris, or low flying jet in The Mach Loop. Then head up the coast road, A496 seeing beaches like at Barmouth, castles like Harlech castle and up to the town of Portmeirion.

Try a two stop tour:

For accommodation in Southern Eryri/Snowdonia: The Old Vicarage B&B in Corris For accommodation in Northern Eryri/Snowdonia: Crafnant House, Trefriw

Should I go to South or North Eryri/Snowdonia?

South Eryri/Snowdonia is an absolute gem of a region to visit. With spectacular scenery, dramatic mountains to climb and adventurous activities to do there is plenty to keep even the most active, entertained. And if your flavour is more for a relaxing break, look no further than a stroll on some of Wales' best beaches.

We think visiting both the South and the North in a two stop tour, to take in the vast array of sights.

A bit about Southern Eryri/Snowdonia

Southern Eryri/Snowdonia is ideally located away from the main tourist hubs, and is famed for it's tranquility and dark skies. Where so many people flock to Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon, Southern Snowdonia is Wales' best kept secret! And the South has some of the most spectacular driving roads.

Whilst you are researching your 2023 driving holiday, why not consider putting South Snowdonia and Mid Wales on your list. You certainly won't leave disappointed. South Eryri/Snowdonia will stay in your heart long after you leave.

You can look for availability at The Old Vicarage in Corris here and get an additional discount for booking direct.

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