Award-winning bus based Real Ale festival returns to Caernarfon in April 2020!

Spend the day visiting hand selected pubs serving locally brewed Real Ale, without worrying who’s driving. We organise the transport between pubs, so you can enjoy the day with friends experiencing new ales in rural pubs set in the beautiful Gwynedd countryside, where the mountains meet the sea. For those of you that will travel from outside Wales, Croeso i Gymru – Welcome to Wales.

Enjoy a great day out…

This unique festival will take you and your friends on a journey to find quirky pubs off the beaten track in locations set in spectacular Gwynedd countryside. We will take you along the coast of the Menai Straits and down towards rugged and beautiful countryside of Northern Gwynedd stopping off at great pubs along the way.

The Arfon Real Ale Trail takes place in April 2020.

 Hop on Board!

We organise the transport between pubs so there’s no need for a designated driver to enjoy rural pubs. The Real Ale Trail shuttle buses aim to arrive at each venue every 45 minutes from 11am to 10pm.

Remember you can hop off and on all day, and start and finish at any time at any venue on the route, so all you need to worry about is where your meeting your friends.


Tickets are £15 in advance and £18 on the day. Available to buy from all participating pubs from March and online now.

Tickets allow you to have unlimited travel between 11am and 10pm.

“Fantastic day with a lovely atmosphere In each venue. All the buses arrived on time and overall seemed to be very well organised. Will be attending again!”

Donna Griffiths

Arfon Real Ale Trail

Friends enjoying the selection of Real Ale on the Trail.

What do I do next? 

First, buy a ticket here or at any of the participating pubs on the trail. Grab some friends who are great company and make you laugh, board the bus with your ticket (singing is not compulsory but we encourage it) and prepare to enjoy a day of quaffing local ales, sampling the food and entertainment and joining in with the singing on the bus, discussing the merits of fine ale and going home happy. Don’t forget to take some pictures too! 

A ticket gets you unlimited travel all day long, and if you are brave you can go around the route as many times as you like. From experience, we might add that this is unlikely! 

Iechyd Da!

See the map below for more info on the


The Real Ale Trail returns to Caernarfon in April 2020 and follows the same principles as all the other trails. Start where you like, when you like, but make sure you do it with great friends. Below are pubs that have previously been stops on the Trail. Aprils’ pubs will be announced soon!

Tafran Y Fic • Y Felinheli

Tafarn Y Fic, Bangor Street, Y Felinheli, UK

Tafarn Y Fic is a traditional Welsh pub overlooking the Menai Straights, known for its good pub grub as well as local ales!

Anglesey Arms • Caernarfon

Harbour Front, Caernarfon, uk LL55 1SG

Located on Caernarfon’s harbour with stunning views of the Menai Straits and Caernarfon’s iconic Castle.

Newborough Arms • Bontnewydd

The Newborough Arms, Caernarfon, UK

A friendly locals pub, serving 3 Real Ales, a mild is always available along with a Purple Moose beer. It also boasts a large beer garden, perfect for enjoy a pint or two when the sun is shining!

The Stables • Bontnewydd

5 A499, Caernarfon LL54 5SD, UK

Snowdonia Parc Pub • Waunfawr

Snowdonia Parc Pub & Campsite, United Kingdom

CAMRA Gwynedd & Mon Pub of the Year 2012-2015. Snowdonia Parc has it’s own microbrewery, brewing up to 10 Real Ales only available at the pub.

Glyntwrog • Llanrug

Y Glyntwrog Inn, Llanrug, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4AN, United Kingdom

A village pub, popular with locals and visitors alike.

Y Glyntwrog has a great beer garden to make the most of the Spring sunshine (finger’s crossed!)

The Fictoria • Bethesda

Bethesda, Bangor, United Kingdom

Cwrw Ogwen is a fantastic microbrewery, set up by 10 volunteers in Bethesda – bringing back brewing to the town for the first time in more than a 100 hundred years.

Y Sior (George) • Carneddi

35-37 Carneddi Rd, Carneddi, Bangor LL57 3SE, United Kingdom

The George a.k.a Y Sior known for having great locally produced Real Ale on offer.


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