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Best things to do in Aberdovey 

Aberdovey or (Aberdyfi in Welsh) has a thriving harbour and is popular for those looking for Wales holiday cottages by the sea and to enjoy Aberdovey's miles of sandy beach and dunes, however there is a lot more to explore and enjoy read on to find out.

There is plenty to entertain young children and avid walkers alike, and dogs love the miles of sandy beach, when staying in one of our Aberdovey holiday cottages! Check out out our Aberdovey Walking Maps Aberdovey Map, Aberdovey Circular Walking Routes Map of beach, woodland, hills and mountains.  


Aberdovey is a popular sailing destination as well as for windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding.  Aberdovey's location at the southern tip of the Snowdonia National Park is the perfect central base from which to explore the delights of the Cardigan Bay coast and the mountains of Snowdonia by road or rail, as well as the rural beauty of Mid Wales. 

View of Aberdovey from across the dovey estuary

Aberdovey from across the estuary

Short video introducing the delights of Aberdovey

Aberdovey Holiday Cottages at Aberdovey Hillside Village for rest, relaxation and soaking in our peaceful atmosphere and amazing ever-changing sea views, however there is much more on offer!   Aberdovey Holiday Cottages at Aberdovey Hillside Village, as well as the place to go for family group holidays and toddler friendly holidays. 


Toddlers and children up to 8, will love the soft play zone, the large games room and the outside children's play area; older children including teenagers will find the xbox interactive, air hockey, pool and table tennis are great facilities to complement what is available in Aberdovey and the area around, creating the perfect destination for those looking for Wales holiday cottages by the sea for their family holiday.

Go to our HOME page to get and an overview of our Aberdovey holiday cottages and what a holiday at Hillside Village is like; Check out OUR FACILITIES page for our indoor and outdoor facilities. Those with dogs will enjoy exploring our DOGS page, our four legged guests get a special welcome.  Do not forget to visit our WEBCAM page to see live 24/7 our amazing every-changing sea views that our guests enjoy. 


The above view of Aberdovey from across estuary illustrates in combination with map below Aberdovey Hillside Village is just a short walk to Aberdovey beaches shops pubs restaurants rail station etc

Where Aberdovey Hillside Village is in Aberdovey

Map showing where Aberdovey Hillside Village is in Aberdovey / Aberdyfi

Aberdovey Circular Walking Routes

Aberdovey has wonderful local scenic walks with amazing views, with contrasts of beach, woodland, hills and mountains. The three Maps below provide you with a variety of options to enjoy and explore during your stay with us, from Aberdovey Hillside Village (AHV) without using your car.  The length of the walks vary an approximate guide to their length is given for each walk from 3 to 15 miles.

AHV WALKING MAP-01 ABERDOVEY - is of Aberdovey itself and identifies the key places and the commencement and end of all the circular routes shown on the following maps.  The Map also specifically identifies where Shops, Restaurants (R), Public Houses (PH) and Takeaways (T), Post Office (PO) are located as well as other key places of interest. 

AHV WALKING MAP-02 ABERDOVEY CIRCULAR ROUTES -  shows our favourite circular walking routes from and returning to Aberdovey Hillside Village (AHV). There are numerous alternatives or variations. Our favourite routes all follow public footpaths and other public footpaths are shown as well, do not hesitate to discuss with us the route you are thinking of taking.

AHV WALKING MAP-03 DOLGOCH FALLS & NANT GWERNOL - shows the remainder of two of our favourite walks that take you from AHV beyond the above maps to Dolgoch and Nant Gwernol Talyllyn Rail Staitions for you to complete your circular walk by train. These options take you up over 600m on to The Tarrens.

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Just click on a map to go to a high resolution version

We will progressively add additional walking maps to the website, in particular a Key Map which will also identify the locations of places to visit around Aberdovey by using the Cambrian Coast Railway, the narrow gauge railways and your car. 

We are delighted that guests are increasing coming to stay with us by train, in particular from London, Euston is only 4 1/2 hours from Aberdovey with just one change of trains.  Other guests are just pleased to be able to park up in their dedicated parking space(s) at Aberdovey Hillside Village and get around by foot or by public transport.

Enjoy running through below the photos and our top tips of things to do in Aberdovey.  Further down the page there are our top tips of things to do around Aberdovey. 

Hillside Village Aberdovey - View East from Jetty

aberdovey from jetty

Our top tips of best things to do in Aberdovey

On the Water!
Sailing, Sailboarding, Kitesurfing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddleboarding on the estuary, 
enjoy the waves off the length of the beach which is open to Cardigan Bay - surfing, body boarding, kitesurfing etc, watch out for the dolphins there too, as they follow fish in close to the shore. Chartered Fishing Trips. Crabbing off the Jetty a must for kids during their stay. Fish the river Dovey (Dyfi) and enjoy some of the best sea trout fishing in the uk

On Land!
Golf at Aberdovey Golf Club - PGA Lessons, Caddies, buggies and trolley hire
Aberdovey Lawn Bowls Club is open to visitors, it has in addition to a fine Lawn Bowling Green, Tennis Courts, Croquet and Putting course.

​Take to your road or mountain bike and enjoy the variety of terrain with magnificent views. 

Neuadd Dyfi - holds a variety of events throughout the year, including Art exhibitions, theatre and musical productions both local and those on tour, and every January the Aberdovey Panto (see a pic of one of the productions above!).

Aberdovey's Shops, Restaurants, Pubs etc
Enjoy browsing Aberdovey's stylish boutiques and other specialty shops, an art gallery where local artist exhibit; there is pharmacy and two small supermarkets one incorporating a Post Office; there’s an award-winning butcher (Welsh lamb is a speciality, of course!) and you can buy freshly-caught seafood from the harbour pier (Dai's Shed). Aberdovey ice-cream parlours, cafes, restaurants, pubs and of course is a fish and chip shop, and other takeaways some of the restaurants offer a take away service too. Check out options on our links page.

Best things to do around Aberdovey 

There are plenty of other things to do, just a short drive or train journey along the Cambrian Coast Railway. Enjoy running through the slides below of examples places to visit and things to activities to enjoy.

Hillside Village Aberdovey Wales Talyllyn Railway Tywyn Station

talyllyn wharf railway station at tywyn

can you see Thomas?!

Our top tips of best things to do around Aberdovey

There are plenty of other things to do, just a short drive or train journey along the Cambrian Coast Railway.  
Tywyn (4 miles) Cinema; Leisure Centre - indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room; Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway Wharf Station, Monday Markets.

Machynlleth (10 miles) MOMA and the Tabernacle, First Welsh Parliament building, Wednesday Markets, its Leisure Centre - indoor swimming pool with slides etc
RSPB Yynshir, the Osprey & Dyfi wildlife Centre
Corris and King Arthur's Labyrith and Mine Explorers
Mountain Bike trails at Dyfi Bike Park and at Coed y Brenin
Castell y Bere, Bird Rock, Cregennen Lakes, Cadair idris, 

Dolgoch Falls, Nant Gwernol - Bryn Eglwys Quarry rapids and falls

Fairbourne - narrow gauge railway, ferry to Barmouth
Harlech town & Castle

Criccieth town & Castle

Dyfi Donkeys - Commins Coch (all year round)
Bwlchgwyn Farm - Arthog - Pony trekking 
Zip World Llechwedd > Underground Golf - Titan - Bounce Below - Caverns - Deep Mine Tour

 Zip World Bets-y-Coed > Fforest Coaster - Tree Hoppers - Zip Safaris and more
Newquay & Aberaeron - boat trips to see the Cardigan bay dolphins
as can be see from above there are lots of places to visit and things to do  - go to our Links page to find out more! 

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