Dreamy North Wales Road Trip

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Some of the best scenery Mother Nature has put together for the eager road-tripper to enjoy doesn’t have to have you jumping on a plane and jetting off to the likes of the Gold Coast in Australia or someplace like the volcanic island of Hawaii. In terms of picturesque road trip scenery, Mother Nature did some of her best work a mere stone’s throw away, with the Welsh coast boasting a lot of natural beauty to soak in as you make your way along the winding roads.

For those travellers who have a keen adventurer’s spirit as well, some surfing may perhaps be in the offing along the way or you can just relax on one of many great beaches.

Four major points of interest come into focus as recommended signposts to include in the quintessential North Wales road trip itinerary, namely Snowdonia, Portmeirion, Llyn Peninsula and Conwy.


Snowdonia National Park makes for a great starting point to kick-start your North Wales road trip, with a drive through this stunning location sets the scene for a road-trip terrace headed towards Conwy as the final destination. There are lots of little walking detours to explore along what is an already stunning roadway, such as Swallow Falls and Llyn Elsi, otherwise for those adventurer traveller’s previously mentioned, pack in some mountain bikes and head on over to Blaenau Ffestiniog mountain biking centre.


Portmeirion Village as the next stop will make for a great way to complement the outdoor activity encouraged along the route which commenced at Snowdonia and you can also explore some of the UK’s most unique towns and perhaps even extend your stay to catch sight of one of the best sunsets you’ll ever see in your lifetime. An overnight stay in a holiday cottage will make for the perfect base to retire to and fuel up before kicking off the next phase of the road trip, signalling the second half of your North Wales road adventure.

The Llyn Peninsula

After getting a good night’s rest and filling up on a traditional cottage breakfast, the eager road-tripper will perhaps want to get out and about again and you’ll be spoilt for choice by way of beautiful beaches, a breathtaking coastline and something which appears to be the preserve of inquisitive road-trippers; secluded coves which are awaiting discovery for all of 100 miles along the coastline.

Water sports enthusiasts will absolutely love Abersoch, while those who harbour an interest in some culture will find a home at the historic Caernarfon waiting to be discovered along the way.


Something which always but always seems to happen to any road-tripper who has caught sight of the historic Caernarfon is a growing desire to explore more of the local architecture, in which case Conwy has a walled medieval town which will go a long way to satisfy that desire, if not completely.

Now, we’ve not mentioned absolutely everything on offer along this road-trip itinerary, quite simply because there is just so much waiting for you to uncover yourself and these are just great suggestions by way of some points along the way to connect you with so much more to see and do.

We stayed at a few places along the way, but I really loved all the cottages we managed to blag a room in.

For the most part, we booked through a site called iKnow UK. They had loads of great choices. Sod’s law has it, they made a complete guide to Wales after we got back! Have a read of it here:


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