A Snowdonia Road Trip

McCabe David / February 23, 2021

Snowdonia is just enough time to fill up the tank and go for one epic Snowdonia road trip! This travel guide is designed to help you maximize your time in Wales’ most beautiful national park, and to provide some photo inspiration for your visit. With so many amazing hikes, waterfalls, lakes, towns, and landscapes to take in, careful planning is essential to ensure you are able to see it all!
With that in mind, many of the destinations covered in this Snowdonia road trip guide are technically outside of the national park boundaries. However, all of them are only a short drive away, and are definitely worth visiting during your 3 days in Snowdonia! Snowdonia National Park is a massive region (823 square miles to be exact), occupying the majority of North Wales. There are no hotels within the park itself, nor many alternatives for other types of accommodation.
However, you will find plenty of options that fit all budgets just outside the park. I recommend beginning your search near Bangor, or taking my word for it and renting out the Ysgubor Farm House. Prior to our visit, we found a traditional Welsh farm cottage on AirBnB that looked amazing and decided to rent it out. The Ysgubor cottage is located in Tregarth, which we felt was the absolute perfect place to make our home base.
From here, we were only 15 minutes or less from each of the sunrise locations we had scouted out. The unit was a traditional Welsh farmhouse that we had all to ourselves, with our host in an entirely separate house. I cannot recommend this place enough, and I have every intention of staying there every time I visit Snowdonia. The home was incredibly spacious while still feeling cosy, well furnished, and had all the amenities you would hope for. The owner, Rhys, was a lovely host with a dog who stole my heart (a surprise to no one). When we visited in November, the rates were also very reasonable for our 3 days in Snowdonia.
Choosing the right time to spend 3 days in Snowdonia will depend entirely on your interests, but there is no bad time for a road trip! Each season provides a different compelling reason to take a long weekend and go for a drive!
The drive time from Tregarth to the carpark for the Lonely Tree of Wales is only 15-20 minutes, with no further hike required. Finding the carpark is easy enough, but finding the tree can be a little tricky. Using the map below, the yellow star indicates where to park, while the red pin indicates where you will find the tree.