Thursday, 26 January 2017

Choosing Hotels in Snowdonia, North Wales

Hotels in Snowdonia offer complete tranquillity, in an area which is famed for its natural beauty. If you’re looking to take a short break away from the stresses of your typical daily routine, North Wales is one of the best regions to do so.

Whether you’d prefer to take a peaceful stroll along some of the coastal paths, or challenge yourself to a tough hike up one of mountains in the Snowdonia range – North Wales offers inspiring walks and views throughout.

When it comes to selecting a hotel within the region, those within the Snowdonia National Park offer some of the best room views in the UK. Expect yourself to be looking out from our room onto rolling welsh hills and dramatic mountainous landscapes.

The Bryn Tyrch Inn is situated right in the heart of the national park, close to the popular village of Betws-y-Coed. Each of the eleven rooms have been aptly named after the lakes, valleys and mountains within Snowdonia.

Holidays should be all about treating yourself, especially through great food. A hot and cold breakfast buffet is included within the price of the rooms, which offers a range of choices that suit all dietary requirements and tastes.

Enjoy a choice of toasts and fresh bread with a selection of marmalades and jams, as well as fresh fruit and assorted cereals before having either a full Welsh or vegetarian breakfast.

If you feel like indulging a little further, the evening menu at the Bryn Tyrch Inn offers a range of freshly prepared and locally sourced dishes to choose from, which once again cater to a variety of diets.

If you’ll be out exploring the national park during your stay, the Bryn Tyrch Inn also prepares a variety of packed lunches and picnic hampers.

With rooms facing onto spectacular views of the Llugwy River, Snowdon Horseshoe and the lush green valleys of Snowdonia, it would be difficult to anywhere more peaceful to spend your well-earned break at than the Bryn Tyrch Inn.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Visiting North Wales and the Snowdonia National Park

Everyone needs a good holiday from time to time. It’s a chance to relax, unwind and leave any worries you may have at home. For those who have found a favourite holiday location along the way their travels, a holiday home can be the perfect investment.

Caravan parks in Snowdonia are the ideal location for those looking for a tranquil and picturesque area to have their holiday home. If you haven’t visited the area before, you’re in for a treat.

Snowdonia is full of fantastic natural wonders – mountains, valleys, beaches and woodlands are just a few of its varied and beautiful environments waiting to be discovered by guests of the national park.

Snowdonia alone sees over 6 million visitors a year, a number which is steadily increasing. It’s also home to Wales’ tallest mountain. Snowdon, which stands at 1,085m tall. It’s known for being a mountain that can be completed by a range of fitness levels, thanks to its well-defined trails which have varying difficulty levels.

The whole area is popular with those seeking walking or adventure holidays, but there are plenty of areas within Snowdonia to relax and enjoy the tranquillity if your holiday time is dedicated exclusively to some well needed rest and recuperation.

However, if you will be looking to get outside and try some activities whilst you’re in the national park, you won’t have to look far. Whether you fancy trying zip lining, boat rides, surfing or horse riding, you can find all of these and more - all within a fairly short distance of each other.

North Wales is also a region that’s very proud of its culture and heritage. You’ll find that a number of events occur throughout the year here; including days such as the Victorian extravaganza, regular local produce markets and jam-packed food & drink festivals.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Las Vegas Doesn’t Use As Much Electricity As You’d Think

When most of us think of massive amounts of power and wastage, Las Vegas in Nevada springs to mind. The region is famous for its miles upon miles of absolutely sprawling casinos, each of them lit up to the eyeballs with all manner of lights and bulbs, and as such, it’s pretty apparent that there should be a few spinning meters, right? In fact, Las Vegas is lit up enough that it really should be seen from space.

While indeed, most likely you should be able to see Las Vegas from space, it’s not even half of the energy hog it once was. The state has changed from wasteful, inefficient neon strips to LED strip lighting, and while just as flashy as the older neon (if not more so, actually!) there’s a completely staggering 83.75% power saving on the newer LED Strip Lighting than the older, wasteful neon.
That, and LED lighting is much, much safer. That 83.75% on neon lighting is pure wastage – coming out in heat and some seriously harmful C02 emissions that are one, a fire hazard, and two, a very real hazard to the planet itself. Casino displays are designed to draw the eye – though we’re certain that most casino owners don’t feel like drawing the eye by the virtue of a gigantic fire.

LED Strip Lighting and LED Rope Lighting are also far more favourable than neon lighting because quite simply, they don’t break. Compared to neon lighting, LED lighting lasts 20,000 to 50,000 operational hours longer – meaning that the casino owner’s time and money has been spared by ensuring that constant work to repair and replace bulbs simply doesn’t happen. Essentially, LED Bulbs, strips and rope lights last for years upon years upon years.

With the advances made within recent years, LED lighting means that the days of spending £20 to £50 on a single bulb are over. Nowadays, you can find LED bulbs for the same price as older, wasteful CFL lighting. If huge companies such as Las Vegas casinos are making the switch, why can’t you?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Driving Around Snowdonia in a Campervan

The Snowdonia National Park is a fantastic place to visit throughout the year. If you don’t fancy wild camping, yet also aren’t looking to spend a fortune on hotels during your stay – a campervan hire might just be the answer to your accommodation troubles.

It also means that you can visit all of the major landmarks within the National Park in a shorter space of time than if you were to walk or use public transport.

It’s understandable that you might be thinking about the space constraints of sleeping in a campervan, but they typically sleep up to four people – which is plenty enough room if there’s only two of you.

Camper vans also come with all the basic essentials you need – cooking equipment, cutlery, gas cooking hobs, and even a television at times! It’s likely you’ll need to bring your own bedding or sleeping bags, but the rest is taken care of for you.

So where do you begin once you’ve started your journey around Snowdonia?


The first landmark that springs to mind for many is Snowdon. This famed mountain is the highest in Wales, and thousands of tourists reach its peak every year.

 If you don’t fancy the climb, you can reach the summit via the Snowdon railway service. There’s a car park at the Pen-Y-Pass route for Snowdon, however this can fill up very quickly, especially in high tourist seasons.

Aber Falls

For a slightly easier trail, Aber Falls is a beautiful waterfall found in the north of the Snowdonia National Park. There are two car parks where you can begin your walk from, and it typically takes around an hour to reach the waterfall.

Along the way you’ll discover beautiful Welsh woodland and mountain scenery, as well as a number of wildlife species which are resident to the area. If you’re looking for a taste of true welsh scenery, the Aber Falls path is a great place to start.


Betws-y-Coed is another place that is certainly worth a stop whilst you’re driving through. This village is popular with avid walkers, and features a number of trekking shops where you might be able to grab a bargain, as well as a number of cafes for a hot drink on those cooler days.

Fairy Glen

The Fairy Glen (or Faerie Glen) is a beautiful natural attraction which is a short five minute drive from Betws-y-Coed. The path down to the river can be quite slippy if you don’t take extra precaution, but the peacefulness once you’ve made the descent makes it all worth it. It’s just another example of the natural beauty that North Wales offers.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Year of Legends 2017 to Boost Welsh Tourism

Wales has had a huge boost from the recent Visit Wales initiative; ‘Wales Year of Adventure’ campaign 2016 that has seen recognition for all things Wales, with particular focus on the opportunities for adventure.

2016 saw new big name adventure attractions enjoy success, with the likes of Surf Snowdonia, Zip World and Bounce Below gaining momentum in their operations. Famously and traditionally known for its range of natural landscapes, Wales – and particularly North Wales has enjoyed increased visitors, attention and recognition.

2017 will see a brand new campaign, further pushing Wales’ offerings, though this time with a more historical theme, celebrating the special legends of the country.
Officially named the ‘Year of Legends’, the campaign will set out to educate those visiting the area about the rich Welsh history and intriguing folklore that has embedded itself in welsh culture and tradition.

Businesses within Wales are expected to embrace this campaign and as such, we may well see some special legend themed events, products and services come about very soon!

Not only historical figures and legends will be included, but more modern Welsh heroes, individuals and groups will be featured throughout the campaign, showcasing some of the most historical and finest examples of welsh representation.

Wales has a plentiful array of folklore tales, many of which will indeed inspire you, with the likes of Merlin, Gelert and the giant known as Cadair Idris.

October 2016 was a particularly successful month for North Wales, as it featured in Lonely Plant’s Top 4 Regions in the entire world! An incredible achievement that will only add further excitement and interest to the country!

The projected increase in tourism is wonderful news for the area, as it would as expected, lead to an increase in job opportunities to meet the raised demands for services. The general infrastructure and publicly available

The increase in tourism will mean an increase in jobs as a whole supporting the local area further. With aim to cement Wales’ reputation further onto the grand stage, this period is very much one that benefits almost all of the participants.

Visit Wales are embarking on a road show that will promote the ‘Year of Legends’ Campaign, and will be hosting such events at towns including Colwyn Bay, Caerphilly and Aberystwyth. Taking place from May 2017 onwards, it offers the chance to learn more about the campaign and how to become involved.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Experience Snowdonia in a Cosy Cottage

self-catering snowdonia
If you’re looking for a tranquil retreat to spend some much-needed relaxation time, Snowdonia is the perfect location. Throughout your stay you’ll be surrounded by lush natural Welsh countryside and wild mountain ranges. If this sounds like a location you could relax in, it’s only right you should select an equally as tranquil hotel or self-catering Snowdonia cottage to stay at during your visit.

The Oakeley Arms 4 Star Hotel in Snowdonia is situated within the heart of Snowdonia. This beautiful hotel is bordered by deep woodland, yet is close enough to the local amenities. Located in the historic mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities and exciting activities to try during your visit.

The Oakeley Arms also have six very cosy self-catering Snowdonia cottages available to stay in. Named after the local mountains and rivers, these cottages have everything you need for a truly relaxing week away.

These once derelict stables have been expertly renovated into cottages which appear traditional yet possess all the modern features you’d see in a home. As a little added bonus, you’ll be greeted with a bottle of wine and chocolates upon your arrival.
Each cottage has a spacious kitchen with modern facilities, including a dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer. The cosy living areas of the cottages also benefit from traditional wood-burning stoves and flat screen televisions with surround sound.

These cottages are also in the perfect location if you’re looking to do some sightseeing or take part in Wales’ unique attractions. They’re a short drive away from the beautiful Italianesque town of Portmeirion, as well as being a short drive from Zip World. If you fancy trampolining deep down in a mining cave on huge trampolines or zip lining at speeds of over 100mph, Zip World offers the perfect activity days out for you.

Of course, you’re free to spend the weekend simply relaxing in the cottage. There’s a shared patio area and barbeque, should the Welsh weather manage to hold up!

Monday, 28 November 2016

The Lands End to John O’Groats Cycle Challenge!

The Lands End to John O’Groats cycle challenge should be attempted at least once by every avid cyclist. This 1000 mile journey takes 12 days to complete, making it a rather tough challenge! Some days of the journey you’ll be cycling an average of around 100 miles, so it’s best to intensely prepare yourself beforehand for this one.

Along the way you’ll be rewarded with fantastic countryside scenery along the British Isles, including spectacular views in the Highlands and the Lake District. Cycling from one end of the UK to the other definitely earns you bragging rights – it’s no mean feat.

At the start of the journey, you’ll be right in the heart of Cornwall. That means one very tasty (and essential) thing – pasties. Stock up on traditional and authentic Cornish pasties for the first part of your journey. Those pasties are certain to give you enough energy to reach the next county. That is if you’ve not over-indulged on them!

Pasties aside, the Cornish hills will have your legs working their very hardest. You might have even forgotten what flat land looks like as you near the end of those hills!

It’s essential you pack some waterproofs, since we are talking about British weather. The sun might be gloriously shining at 10am, only to be hidden by thick rain clouds by 12pm. It’s great to be optimistic, but even better to be prepared for our incredibly temperamental weather. Despite this warning, it’s probably best to pack some sunscreen with you, as cycling all day in the sun is a sure-fire way to get some very itchy sunburn.

Punctures are almost inevitable during a 1000 mile journey. Make sure you’re fully prepared with the right equipment should you feel a dreaded puncture beginning to deflate your tire! Doing the challenge with Adventurous Ewe means you’ll be accompanied by a bike mechanic the whole way through.

Crossing the Severn Bridge can be slightly vertigo-inducing for many. This 1,600 meter bridge will take you from England into Wales. You won’t have much time to look around Wales – you’ll be into Shrewsbury by the next afternoon.

From Shrewsbury, you’ll travel to past the hills of the Lake District and Shap Fell. This 100 ft climb sounds quite intimidating, but the overall gradient is rather gradual. After this, you’ll have a fantastic descent to Penrith. Before this day is over, you’ll eventually reach Carlisle.

After Carlisle, you’ll have a 101 mile journey into Kilmarnock, Scotland. This ride is a fairly pleasant one, as you will be surrounded by lush green hills and countryside throughout the duration of the journey.

Travelling from Kilmarnock to the Scottish Highlands will present you with fantastic coastal views of the Firth of Clyde and the Isles of Arran and Bute.

The Highlands, with their rocky spires and rugged mountains are really something to be seen, and so are Scottish breakfasts. If you love a good hearty fry up – you won’t be left disappointed.

Once you’ve conquered this incredible challenge, the best way to travel back to where you started from is via train. If you plan and book in advance, you may be able to bag yourself a very cheap fare (which you’ll likely spend the entirety sleeping on!).