One for the Road,

the Bused Based Festival

Comes Back to Snowdonia!


The highly-anticipated bus based festival Snowdonia Real Ale Trail is back June 10th and reveals two new rural pubs changing it’s route. The Snowdonia Ale Trail is made up of specially selected pubs chosen for their ales and great hospitality.

There is never a need to drive to the pub as The Real Ale Trail one-day festival will transport you and hundreds of other good natured Ale Lovers by bus to 8 great Real Ale pubs in Snowdonia – all chosen for their selection of tasty and local ales (usually) along with their attitude to good old hospitality.

Here’s a video to show you how we spend the day!

A great new addition to the Trail this year is The Brondanw Arms AKA the Ring in Llanfrothen – their first time on the Ale Trail.

Bused Based Festival Comes Back to Snowdonia

New Pub in Llanfrothen.

Also, there are new faces behind the bar at the Ship Aground, Talsarnau with a new management teams. Other good news is the Grapes Hotel in Maentwrog are back open again with a load of rather tasty own brewed ales.

People travel from all over North Wales to be part of the Snowdonia Ale Trail.

Gary Gas came from Bagillt and experienced the trail last year with friends. He said “We had such a blast. I never knew those pubs existed and I don’t think I’ve been on a bus for a good few years. We had a great time experiencing the pubs, the scenery and the ales – most I’d not tried before.’’

Ale Trail shuttle buses take festival goers from seaside location Criccieth right through the stunning countryside to the slagheaps of Blaenau Ffestiniog, stopping at quirky pubs chosen for their ales and great hospitality.

We’re all very excited to be on the Trail as we’ll be serving four Real Ales on tap on the day including Double hop, Wizard, Ditsy Blond and a special surprise ale for the day.” Sue Griffiths, Manager of Brondanw Arms.

Local cheese maker Caernarfon Creameries from Pwllheli are joining the trail at the Lion Hotel offering free samples of different cheeses especially chosen for each Real Ale available at The Lion Hotel in Criccieth.

Ale Trail Director Shelly Barratt says… “People come from afar to join the locals on the Trail. The event helps jobs too as more bar staff are needed, people stay in accommodation, breweries need to supply more ale, transport is needed, plus the pubs are often revisited by people under their own steam another time. Apart from it being a great event, it has a wider economic benefit to the area too.”

How it Works

Tickets are £12 in advance, £15 on the day, available from all participating pubs or online. Tickets allow you to start at any pub on the Trail and hop on and off the buses as many times as you like between 11am and 11pm, with buses aiming to arrive at each pub every 45 minutes.

Einir Thomas from Blaenau Ffestiniog said “Really enjoyed last year, can’t wait till June 10th

Bused Based Festival Comes Back to Snowdonia

We will be visiting….

The Lion Hotel ● Criccieth, Ship Inn ● Porthmadog, Union Inn ● Tremadog, Brondanw Arms ● Llanfrothen, Grapes Hotel ● Maentwrog, Ship Aground ● Tralsarnau, Y Pengwern ● Llan Ffestiniog, Y Manod ● Bleanau Ffestiniog