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Perfectly located between the Glyder and Carneddau mountains, Idwal Cottage, Bangor, is great for strolls to the Cwm Idwal nature reserve and Devil’s Kitchen or for walking holidays on the Cambrian Way or the Welsh 3,000ft peaks.

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Rooms: 36 Beds:1x1, 1x2, 1x3, 2x4, 1x4 es,1x6 plus dormitory beds

Prices from £14.99 (Dorm beds - 6 Bed Room)

Meals: Self catering only
Open: Year Round
Address: Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda, Bangor, Wales, LL57 3LZ
Tel: +44 345 371 9744

Why we've chosen Idwal Cottage YHA:

A warm welcome is waiting for you at YHA’s oldest location in Wales. This eco-friendly hostel offers superb Snowdonia accommodation for activity breaks in the Ogwen Valley. Perfectly located between the Glyder and Carneddau mountains the hostel is great for strolls to the Cwm Idwal nature reserve and Devil’s Kitchen or for walking holidays on the Cambrian Way or the Welsh 3,000ft peaks. If you're looking for cheap family breaks with excellent self-catering facilities and a licensed bar, try YHA Idwal.  YHA Idwal is self-catering only, but our self catering kitchen is spacious and well equiped.

Walk around Llyn Idwal and discover stunning waterfalls, the famous Devils Kitchen and the magnificent Snowdonia hills - beautiful on any day of the year.  Popular with confident mountain bikers from all over the world, there's excellent mountain biking in the area, especilaly on the Marin Trail - but this is only suitable for serious mountain bikers and definitely not for the fainthearted!  The Lon Las route takes you from Portmadog to Bangor. You can either do the route in one day, or take time to explore the mountains and use the hostel as your base. There are numerous circular routes through Snowdonia, all with different breathtaking views along the way - perfect for a simple cycling holiday.  You will also find the best climbing in the whole world, well, so the hostel manager says! You'll find all varieties of rock and levels. Even beginners can get a grasp of the rock as instructor led courses and equipment hire is available nearby.  Llyn Ogwen is also very popular with fishermen. You might even catch a Gwyniad, a sub-species of European white fish, trapped in the lake after the Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

 There is also a campsite available on the site.  It is located in a beautiful pine wooded area. The campsite is ideal for people who want the comforts of 4 star hostel facilities combined with the adventure element of falling asleep under the stars with Ogwen waterfall providing the background soundtrack. An intimate setting, YHA Idwal can accommodate up to seven small tents on the campsite.  During their stay, campers have 24 hour access to the facilities in the Youth Hostel.  There is a BBQ area in front of the Youth Hostel.

Top Eco Features at Idwal Cottage YHA:

  • Bike store and drying room available

  • Recycling where possible

  • Self catering facilities on site



YHA Idwal Cottage, Bangor, Wales
Nearest train station: Betws-y-Coed

Directions from station:
Take Padarn bus towards Llanberis, walk to Capel Curig, Llugwy Terrace where you can catch the Padarn Bus towards Llanrwst.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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