Recently voted number four on Lonely Planet’s list of the top ten regions in the world, North Wales has lots on offer to suit everyone! Bala and the surrounding area provides a superb choice of days out whether you want action, relaxation, culture or history. There’s breathtaking lake and mountain scenary, the awesome Mount Snowdon to conquer, local castles to explore, traditional crafting to try or challenging water sports to thrill you. If you fancy the ultimate adrenalin rush, you could ride the fastest zip line in the world at Zip World near Bethesda, or visit Mach Loop and experience RAF fighter jets flying around 250 ft above you. Here in the heart of Wales you’ve certainly come to the right place for fun, adventure and lasting memories.
Here are just a few of the attractions in and around Bala:
- King Arthur’s Labyrinth; an underground storytelling adventure
- Portmeirion; the amazing village set on an esturay with stunning gardens made famous in the television show The Prisoner
- Electric Mountain; a power station built inside a mountain
- Llechwedd Slate Cavern; experience a minor’s environment
- Erddig Country House; the second most popular historic house in the UK (National Trust) is a 1200 acre country park
- Conwy Valley Railway Museum
- Conwy, Chirk and Harlech Castles
- The Glass Blobbery; hand made glass sculptures
- Corris Craft Centre
- Bodnant Garden
- Surf Snowdonia; a world-first inland surf lagoon and the only guaranteed surf break in the UK
As well as these attractions, there are lots of towns and villages to visit including Barmouth, Wrexham, Dolgellau, Betws-y-Coed, Llangollen, Ruthin, Conwy and Llandudno.
The website Visit Bala has lots more tourist information: www.visitbala.org.uk
If you are interested military aviation and low flying aircraft, you are only a short distance away from Mach Loop. This training area (LFA 7) is located between Dolgellau in the north, and Machynlleth in the south and provides some low level flying over Pen-y-Garth via Bala lake on the way into the loop . To experience the full spender and opportunity of what it is like to be up close and personal with a fighter jet you are best taking visiting one of the viewpoints such as CAD east, CAD west or Corris corner.
To ensure you know when low level training is planned the Royal Air Force publicise their timetable for the area.
Check out the video below to see what you are missing!