North Wales has been named as one of the top 10 regions in the world to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Panet’s annual Best in Travel list.
Placed fourth on the list, North Wales is the only UK destination to be featured in the rankings, which are compiled by a panel of senior travel publisher’s writers.
The area is praised for its new adventure attractions, such as Surf Snowdonia in Dolgarrog in the Conwy Valley, an inland surfing lake described as ‘the most headline stealing example of the region’s reinvention’.
Other attractions that drew Lonely Planet’s attention were Zip World which has attractions at three locations in North Wales, including the world’s fastest and longest zip line, and Bounce Below, a network of giant trampolines in the caverns below Blaenau Ffestiniog.
North Wales is ranked on the list ahead of regions including South Australia, Perak in Malaysia and Aysen, Chile.
Activities near the Magic Mountain Cottage:
|Blaenau Ffestiniog||LLECHWEDD SLATE CAVERNS & MINES
Two unique tours available from 10.15 to 5.15 pm March to October and from 4.15 pm October to February. (01766 830306) Website
|Fairbourne (2 miles SW of Arthog)||THE FAIRBOURNE RAILWAY
The Fairbourne Railway has been running from Fairbourne village to the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, connecting with the ferry to Barmouth, for over 100 years.
Tel: 01341 250362 http://www.fairbournerailway.com
|Dolgellau to Barmouth||THE MAWDDACH TRAIL
Cycle or walk the old railway track path alongside the Barmouth Estuary – 9.5 miles in all – park at the George III Inn at and walk alongside the estuary.
|Fairbourne (2 miles SW of Arthog)||INDIANA CUISINE
Fine Indian dining in Fairbourne at 3 Beach Road,
|Blaenau Ffestiniog||ZIP WORLD
The adventures at Llechwedd Slate Caverns include an experience for almost everyone, from the first 4 person zip line in Europe to the unique, all weather underground adventures that are Bounce Below, Junior Bounce and Zip World Caverns. Website