by Katy Barley
Wales is packed full of beauty, with so many incredible places that you just have to see. Current restrictions might mean that travel is restricted to this picturesque part of the UK, so we thought we’d bring our favourite Welsh scenery to you.
From the rugged peaks and idyllic lakes of Snowdonia National Park to the golden sandy beaches and picture-perfect islands of Anglesey, Wales is full of magical beauty and stunning scenes, waiting to be admired when it is safe to do so.
Keep reading and immerse yourself in stunning Welsh scenery and our top most beautiful places in Wales…
A list of the most beautiful places in Wales wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the mighty Mount Snowdon. Wales’ highest mountain dominates the North Wales skyline. Located between Llanberis and Beddgelert, its magnificent peak rises high above the surrounding valleys.
The scenery from the summit is second to none, with breathtaking views of Glaslyn and Llydaw (pictured above). If the weather is kind to you, you’ll be able to see out to Ireland and even the Isle of Man. If you’re thinking of climbing to the summit of Snowdon, or another spectacular Welsh peak, check out our best walks in Snowdonia.
Located on the Isle of Anglesey, Llanddwyn Island is a magical place filled with rolling dunes, quaint buildings and a romantic lighthouse. Llanddwyn means ‘The Church of St. Dwynwen’, the Welsh patron saint of lovers and the island has been home to many proposals and declarations of love over the years.
Llanddwyn Island is one of the best-hidden gems of Wales and can be enjoyed by strolling along Newborough Beach, with views of the Snowdonia mountains in the background. Don’t forget to check out the Llanddwyn Island tide times, to make sure you don’t end up being stranded on this charming island. For more picture-perfect islands in Wales, take a look at the best islands to visit in North Wales.
If you’re looking for dramatic Welsh mountain scenes, without a strenuous hike, then Llyn Ogwen is for you. Located in Snowdonia, the lake is said to be the resting place of Excalibur, the famous sword of King Arthur and is definitely one of the best views in Wales.
Surrounded by the peaks of Tryfan and Glyderau, Llyn Ogwen provides the perfect combination of idyllic lake views and dramatic mountain scenery. The Llyn Ogwen circular walk is a short, but picturesque walk around the lake’s shore that can be enjoyed by all the family.
Swallow Falls, located near Betws-y-Coed, is a spectacular waterfall with a picture-perfect backdrop of magical woodlands. This area of outstanding natural beauty has been featured in many films including Wonder Woman 1984, due to be released at the end of 2020.
You can easily view the falls on the A5 from the Swallow Falls Hotel. But where’s the fun in that? We recommend taking in the surrounding scenery, with an easy stroll from Betws-y-Coed. The walk to Snowdonia’s must-see falls takes you along the riverside, through Gwydr Forest and to the striking Swallow Falls.
One Welsh scene that has become increasingly popular over the years is The Lone Tree, standing on the edge of Llyn Padarn in Llanberis. This view is well known for being a photographic hot-spot and even has its own Facebook appreciation group!
If you’re looking for that ultimate shot of The Lone Tree, head to the West side of Llyn Padarn during Autumn and Winter, when the tree is baron and the stillness of the lake acts as a mirror to its dramatic background.
Hidden in a secluded gorge along the River Conwy, Fairy Glen is a favourite amongst photographers and artists alike. The atmospheric glen is a protected wildlife site, with a large population of rare ferns and lichens, early purple orchids and even an otter or two has been reported enjoying this tranquil spot.
With stunning views, a range of scenic strolls and its neo-Gothic water tower, it’s not hard to see why Lake Vyrnwy made it to our list of the most beautiful places in Wales.
Take in the lake’s remarkable views by cycling the 12 miles all the way around the lake. Or enjoy one of the 6 woodland walks, through mysterious forests and ancient woodlands.
If you would like to discover one of these incredible Welsh views, why not book a holiday in one of our hand-picked cottages in North Wales.
We have a fantastic range of cottages across Snowdonia, the Llŷn Peninsula, Anglesey and Conwy.
Image Credits: Phil Champion (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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