The Welsh market town of Dolgellau in Snowdonia National Park is perhaps not as well known as other Snowdonia holiday destinations such as Barmouth. But so many guests who visit our Snowdonia accommodation tell us how delighted they are to discover our little town of Dolgellau.

With its handsome historic stone buildings and unique independent shops, pubs and cafes, Dolgellau is traditional, friendly and much quieter than local seaside resorts like Barmouth and Aberdyfi. Overlooked by Cader Idris mountain, the scenery and hiking is really something special. Dolgellau is a fabulous base if you’re looking for a walking holiday while enjoying some fine food and drink.


Places to visit on your Dolgellau holiday

Cader Idris rises above the winding streets of Dolgellau, and the Mawddach Trail leads from the centre of town along the unspoilt Mawddach Estuary to the seaside. You can hire bikes in Dolgellau to cycle the 9-mile flat Mawddach Trail to Barmouth, one of the most scenic cycle rides in the country. Stock up with picnic food at one of the excellent bakeries – Popty’r Dref make their own honey buns which are a Dolgellau speciality. TH Roberts is the must-go cafe to sample one of the super-sized puddings served up by Meg Queen of Cakes!

For your Dolgellau holiday treats go to Diana’s deli for Spanish cheeses, bread and cooked meats from the Basque country. The folk behind the deli also run Tafarn y Gader, an excellent tapas restaurant in town. Just around the corner, you can pick up a great value bottle of wine or award-winning Welsh gin from Gwin Dylanwad – a very popular boutique wine store.

Cosy pubs you won’t want to miss on your Dolgellau holiday include The Stag Inn which serves super tasty wood-fired pizzas, a great range of Welsh craft beers and a lovely beer garden. Both people and dogs are made to feel extremely welcome! Our favourite pub for a pint and Sunday roast is The Torrent Walk Hotel – book early!

If you’re planning on hiking Cader Idris, Cader Outdoors will set you up with maps and kit. You’ll find quirky shops such as Celf Aran which showcases talented local crafts makers, Medi is a little gem of an interiors shop and there’s a good book shop.



Our new Dolgellau holiday cottage is in a quiet courtyard in the heart of town – it’s just a couple of minutes walk to enjoy all the local places to eat and drink. The stone-built Victorian cottage sleeps 3. It’s full of character and stylish touches with a sparkling modern bathroom and kitchen. If you’d like to experience some authentic Welsh culture in a typical Snowdonia holiday cottage, our Dolgellau holiday cottage is a great choice!

“Isfryn cottage was so comfortable, well-equipped and stylish and the perfect base to explore the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. Dolgellau itself had lots to offer including the delightful honey buns from Popty’r Dref. Also Gwin Dylanwad for a wide selection of wines, Diana’s Deli for a taste of Spain and Sandspout Bookstore to stock up on holiday reading.”

Annie from London, 2022

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