Whilst staying in one of our lovely self-catering cottages, you are in the perfect location to explore Aberdovey and the surrounding areas. Here are a few ideas of what our local area has to offer our guests.

Cors Dyfi, Dyfi Osprey Project 

– 30 mins from Hillside Village

Cors Dyfi is a charming nature reserve that is teeming with wildlife – the reserve is a healthy mixture of bog, swamp, wet woodland and scrub which supports a host of plants and animals. Including the majestic Osprey; which can typically been spotted here between April and September. During the Spring and Summer, other commonly spotted wildlife include; Common Lizards, Nightjars, Reed & Sedge Warblers and Four-spotted Chasers. 

The facilities located here include Dyfi 360 Observatory, two bird hides, visitor centre with a small shop and basic refreshments. 

Explore Castell y Bere

– 30 mins from Hillside Village

Castell y Bere is located deep in the mountains in the heart of Mid Wales. The highly picturesque ruins stand in a fairly isolated spot in the Dysynni valley which is near Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, 10 miles south-west of Dolgellau. 

The ruins, perched on the dramatic rocky outcrop, in the shadow of the impressive Cader Idris – originally built to guard an important pass into North Wales, today it makes for a rather peaceful and romantic spot for a picnic.

Ride Talyllyn Railway

– 25 mins from Hillside Village

This historic narrow gauge railway is set in the beautiful countryside of Mid Wales. Running from nearby Tywyn, to Dolgoch Falls along its beautiful mountain track; and then onto Abergrynolwyn and finally to Nant Gwernol where there are a few excellent forest walks. 

Dolgoch Falls are a must visit for those who like waterfalls, situated in southern Snowdonia National Park, only 4 miles from Tywyn. A great place for walking and perhaps even a picnic – definitely worth a visit after a heavy downpour when the waterfalls are particularly spectacular. 

Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT)

– 30 mins from Hillside Village

CAT was built in an old slate quarry, located in the foothills of Snowdonia, Llwyngwern Quarry Panperthog near Machynlleth. The ample visitors centre boasts 7 acres of interactive displays, organic gardens, shop, cafe and an adventure playground! It is an interesting day out for the family, we’d recommend wearing sturdy footwear as it can get a bit muddy.

Climb Cader Idris

– 35 mins from Hillside Village

Cader Idris is located at the southern end of Snowdonia National Park, near the town of Dolgellau. It is the second most popular mountain in Wales (after the highest, Snowdon). Reaching the summit of this mountain will give you superb panoramic views of the mountains – on a clear day it is possible to see the Rhinog mountain range as well as the Llyn Peninsula and the rolling hills of Shropshire. 

There are several paths to choose from when making your ascent, but be aware that the mountain is notorious for low cloud, so do proceed with due care. 

Visit King Arthur’s Labyrinth

-30 mins from Hillside Village

Found deep underground, beneath the mountains of Snowdonia, this fun filled adventure for the whole family isn’t one to miss! Taking you by boat, through the magical veil of an underground waterfall, into a mythical and exciting world of giants, dragons, fearsome battles and the legendary King Arthur! Learn about the ancient legends of Wales as you’re guided through the Labyrinth by a hooded Dark Age Boatman!

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