where we are
Dolgellau is situated in the southern area of the Snowdonia National Park. It is at the foot of
Cader Idris, the most majestic mountain in Southern Snowdonia, and looks down the magnificent Mawddach estuary. It is only 2 hours from Birmingham or Manchester by car and is accessible by national rail and bus links.
The journey time from London is about 4.5 hours and only 3 hours if travelling from Cardiff.
From the South
Travelling from South Wales or South-West England the A470 from Cardiff provides a stunning route through the Wye Valley all the way to Dolgellau. As an alternative, you could turn off at Llanidloes and take the
B4518 past Llyn Clywedog to Machynlleth and then on to Dolgellau. This route takes you over the Cambrian Mountains and allows fantastic, panoramic views of Snowdonia.
From the North
Travelling from Liverpool, Manchester or further north the A494 through the Vale of Clwyd and on to Bala takes you from lush river valleys to the rocky mountains of Gwynedd.
From the East and South-East
Leave the motorway at Shrewsbury and sit back and enjoy the ride. The last 1.5 hours of your journey on the A458 will take you through Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion to join the A470 at Mallwyd. Stop at the
viewpoint at "The Bwlch"
for a stunning view of the Cader Idris mountain range - or a glimpse of jets from RAF Valley flying below you.
By rail – The railway route from Shrewsbury cuts through the hills then hugs the coast – a great – and very green - introduction to Wales. Dolgellau does not have its own train station but a bus service connects Fairbourne (7 miles away) and Dolgellau, or it’s a scenic 6 mile cycle ride along the Mawddach Trail from Morfa Mawddach station. Alternatively leave the train at Machynlleth (Mack-hunt-leth) and take the lovely bus ride to Dolgellau over the Tal-y-Llyn pass.
Which ever way you decide to travel why not use the RAC Route Planner to help plan your journey.