It’s safe to say without fear of any exaggeration that North Wales is one of the most stunning areas in the whole of the UK. As you would expect of somewhere worthy of such an accolade, there are almost too many beauty spots to count. From endless sandy beaches to snow capped mountain peaks, towering waterfalls to deep underground caves, there is plenty to keep you enthralled. We’ve chosen just 8 of our favourites to give you a few ideas.
1. Llanddwyn Island
Situated at the tip of Anglesey’s famed Newborough beach, this picture-perfect tiny island comes complete with lighthouse and is home to St. Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers. Not a true island, this little outcrop is attached to the main beach at all but the highest tides, meaning you should have no problem rambling over there for a romantic picnic!
Thinking of visiting? Try this property near Newborough.
2. Aber Falls
Located near the town of Abergwyngregyn in Gwynedd, this stunning waterfall is impressive all year round, but even more so when seasonal winter and spring rains have swollen the torrent. At 120ft high, staring up at the thundering waters of the Afon Goch as they plunge over the rocky outcrop is exhilarating! Recent improvements to the parking and footpaths mean the waterfall is easily accessible.
Planning a trip? See our handy house close to Aber Falls.
This unspoilt little village in Snowdonia is simply beautiful with its traditional stone cottages and breathtaking mountain backdrop. In the summer, the residents go to town with rainbow flower displays above shop windows and lamp posts. Most magical of all is the legend of faithful dog Gelert, whose grave complete with tear jerking epitaph is a must-visit.
Stay close to Beddgelert in this property.
4. Yr Eifl
This mountain on the Lleyn Peninsula’s north coast has three summits, all offering staggering views across Snowdonia. We know the view from the summit of Snowdon itself is magnificent, but this vantage-point gives an entirely new perspective on the famous mountain range. Garn Ganol, the central summit, is the highest point on the Lleyn at 564m. The summit of Tre’r Ceiri on the south-eastern side is the location of an Iron Age hill fort.
For the ideal house near Yr Eifl, try this one.
5. Llyn Gwynant
There are so many lovely lakes in North Wales that it was difficult to choose one. We like this one in the Nant Gwynant valley as it is easy to get to and provides perfect conditions for kayaking. All along the lake’s edge – which runs along the A498 – are stopping points with access to little stony coves, making the perfect spots for launching your kayak and enjoying a private picnic!
Here is a good base for a kayaking holiday.
6. Church Bay
Sheltered by sheer cliffs, this secluded, pebbled bay is a treasure on Anglesey’s coast. The path down to the Blue Flag beach is steep but worth it once you are down there, with a wide sweep of sand at low tide. Nearby is the acclaimed Lobster Pot restaurant, serving up a range of delicious seafood and of course fresh, locally caught lobsters.
Click here if you fancy staying in a holiday cottage near Church Bay.
Designed in the style of an Italian village and home of the cult TV series The Prisoner, this unique tourist town was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. The colourful buildings and seaside location make this a fairytale spot for the whole family to visit. In September, the entire town becomes home to one of the UK’s coolest new festivals, Festival No.6.
For fabulous views of Portmeirion, try this house.
The walled town of Conwy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s easy to see why once you catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring medieval castle within. Built by Edward I in the 13th Century to subdue the Welsh, it’s no accident that the sight of the sheer stone walls growing straight up from their rocky foundation is intimidating. These days, the battlements and castle walls provide the perfect outlook for surveying the Conwy estuary.
Stay within the walls of Conwy in this cottage.
So there you have it; our picks of the best beauty spots in North Wales. Where will you visit next?
By Ben Griffin