Snowdonia is a fine place to enjoy the rouged outdoors but did you know it’s also an area for outstanding micro breweries, who will be supplying this October 7th Real Ale trail event some very special Ales.  Octobers Snowdonia Ale Trail is a one-day bus based moving festival stopping off at carefully chosen pubs selected for their tasty assortment of Real Ales and their great attitude to good old Welsh hospitality.

Know as the most beautiful Trail in the region, people have travelled from as far as Birmingham, Manchester, Shrewsbury and Liverpool, helping to give the Gwynedd economy a major boost and putting Welsh Real Ale on the map.

There is never a worry about who’s going to be driving as this unique Real Ale Trail does it all for you, transport hundreds of Ale enthusiast all day long to 9 rural and seaside located pubs cross stunning Snowdonia.

There will be up to 50 real ales supplied by micro-breweries and not just from Snowdonia, so you’ll be sure to find a new favourite on the Trail.

The trail happens twice a year and the route never stays the same.  This year we’ve had two new addition to the route, The Australia Arms in Porthmadog and the Ring, Brondanw Arms, Llanfrothen.


A great new addition to the Trail this year is The Australia Arms in Porthmadog – bought in 2015 by Porthmadog based microbrewery, Purple Moose, which has given the Australia Arms a makeover – Purple Moose style.

Voted CAMRA Gwynedd Pub of the Year 2016, the recently refurbished Australia showcases Purple Moose’s award winning cask, keg and bottle ale alongside other independent brewers and distilleries in Wales.

Darren, Manager of the Australia Arms tell us “Here at the Australia we are passionate about supporting other drinks produced in Wales. Alongside our award-winning real ales we serve Mwsh, an ale only available in the Australia.”

Gary Gas from Bagillt Flintshire said. “I came with a few good friends and we had such a laugh. I never knew those pubs existed and I don’t think I’ve been on a bus since leaving school 25 years ago. I surprised myself, as I didn’t know just how much I enjoy a good sing- song on a bus, we just had a cracking time.’’

Donna Hughes said “Really had a great day and night can’t wait until the next time…thank you so much

Where the trail takes you.

Ale Trail buses take festival-goers from seaside location Criccieth through the stunning Snowdonia National Park right through to the slagheaps of Blaenau Ffestiniog, stopping at special and usually quirky pubs off the beaten track.

Real Ale Trail Director Shelly Barratt says… “People come from afar to join the locals on the Trail.  Since winning the Tourism Award for Magnificent Crowd Puller we’ve seen a lot more people from affair. We’ve taken online bookings from Devon, Ireland, event Germany would you believe. So it’s really great not only for the festival goers but the local economy as hotels certainly see an increase in over night stays. It’s a proper jolly event.


How it Works

Tickets are £15, you have to be 24 and over available to buy tickets at the 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.

Places to stay…

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