Local Attractions

Vanner Cottages are located right next to the remains of Cymer Abbey, founded in 1198 by Maredudd ap Cynan for the Cistercian order.

Cymer Abbey Cymer Abbey

The Welsh Cycle Route runs through the farm and leads directly to the internationally renowned mountain bike centre at Coed y Brenin, a distance of five miles. The north end of the Mawddach trail which runs from Dolgellau to Barmouth is only a mile away.

There are many and varied activities & attractions in and around the Dolgellau area in Snowdonia. Below is a small selection of what is on offer to you during your stay at Vanner Cottages.

Steam & Minature Railways

Talyllyn Railway - Website

The Talyllyn Railway is a historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.

Corris Railway - Website

The Corris Railway is a narrow gauge (2' 3") railway whose origins date back to the 1850's.

Fairbourne Minature Railway - Website

The Railway has run from Fairbourne village to Penrhyn Point since 1895.

Golf Courses

Aberdovey Golf Club - Website

Set amongst the outstandingly beautiful scenery of Snowdonia National Park, situated between the coastal dunes of Aberdovey beach and the Cambrian Mountains, this 6,454 yard challenge is a hidden gem of a traditional seaside links course.

Machynlleth Golf Club

They say good things come in small packages and that could never be truer when it comes to short but sturdy, nine-hole golf courses. Machynlleth is every inch your quintessential short course; enjoyable, entertaining and with superb views to match.

Dolgellau Golf Club - Website

This par 66, 9 hole course starts with three well designed holes in an atmosphere of peaceful tranquillity. It then offers six more against a background of spectacular, panoramic views of Cader Idris and the Mawddach estuary.


There are many great places to fish in the area with sea and estuary fishing, freshwater lakes and rivers.

Cregennan Lakes - Website

Cregennan Lakes are owned by the National Trust, and are situated on the northern slopes of Cader ldris, some 800 ft. above sea level, overlooking the beautiful Mawddach Estuary, with car park and toilets, just 5 miles from Dolgellau.


Talyllyn is a natural 220-acre, shallow, Brown Trout Lake nestling in the southwest corner of the Snowdonia National Park and below the peak of Cader Idris. It forms the headwater of the river Dysynni that flows westwards for 10 miles before entering Cardigan Bay just north of Tywyn.

Other Attractions

Centre for Alternative Technology - Website

Europes leading Eco-Centre. Offering solutions to some of the most serious challenges facing our planet and the human race, such as climate change, pollution and the waste of precious resources.

Corris Craft Center - Website

Our workshops welcome all visitors whether to watch us at our crafts, join in, or supporting our little businesses through buying our wares. There is something here for everyone.

King Arthur's Labyrinth - Website

Sail along an underground river, through the great waterfall, and into King Arthur's Labyrinth, a world of mystery, legends and storytelling.

Dyfi Discoveries - Website

We are a small, family-run business based in Aberdyfi on the coast of Mid-Wales and our aim is to provide heritage and wildlife boat trips for the sight-seer and enthusiast alike.

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