Awarding-winning bus based Real Ale Trail event to returns to the Vale of Glamorgan in April 2019!

A specialist Real Ale Festival for people who like visiting small independent country pubs to try great local ales with good friends….. but really don’t fancy the hassle of driving.

After proving a big hit up in the hills in North Wales, the Real Ale Trail arrives in the Vale of Glamorgan for its second event. So grab your buddies together, get yourself some tickets online or at the pubs and raise a glass to the bus that will take you around the wonderful countryside of South Wales and its finest watering holes.


On the trail of a good day out…we’ll raise a glass to it!

Glamorgan in South Wales is full to the brim with some of the best pubs a real ale drinker could wish for, with its own breweries and a huge array of villages to visit and drink in.

Sampling those pubs – and most importantly, that ale – presents your average real ale fan with one major problem (well until now): who’s going to do the driving and which pubs to visit?

The Real Ale Trail gives drinkers the opportunity to sample up to 9 fantastic pubs in one day without having to worry who’s going to ferry them between hostelries – and we are thrilled to confirm the Vale of Glamorgan trail after proving a huge hit in 2018 our next Trail will be in April 2019.

Beers aside, the Trail gives drinkers the opportunity to sample some of the fantastic scenery with friends, visit wonderful villages you’ve probably not been to in years. The Vale has much to offer an ale lover.

Great  Pubs and Great Real Ale…

Each of the pubs has a unique atmosphere, a wide selection of ales and if you’re staying for the whole day – and why wouldn’t you? – finding something to eat won’t be a problem either as many pubs on route cook delicious homemade food.

On the Trail of unique Ales

We love microbreweries! Wales recently has seen the number of microbreweries increase to over 100 small batch brewers popping up all over the country, which means an there’s more unique ales to try. Our hand-selected pubs are proud to serve locally brewed Real Ale from across the Vale and South Wales breweries.

Enjoying a pint and a chat with friends at the Six Bells, Penmark.

Vale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail

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Ale Trail Shuttle Bus

Hop on board!

Real Ale Trail buses pick up and drop off at each of the pubs on the trail every half an hour from 12 noon to 10 pm, so dads looking for a fun day out with their friends after a busy week at work can enjoy a pint or two without worrying about driving home.

Tickets Please!

You can start from any pub on the route at any time. All you need to do is buy a ticket sold at the participating pubs or online. (Please do not buy tickets from other vendors as they won’t be accepted on the Trail. )

Frequently asked questions

How much are tickets online? £15.75 pp

What time does it start & finish? 12noon to 10pm.

Where do I buy a  ticket from? Here or at your local pub.

When do I need to catch the bus? Whenever you want between 12 noon and 10pm. A timetable will be available, but usually every 30 to 45 minutes a bus will appear at a pub. If you want to miss it and get the next one, you can do. Just leave enough time to get to all the pubs you want to visit.

Where do I catch the bus? From all participating pubs.

What do I do when I want to go home? No problem. Jump on the bus to take you back to where you started.

Can I drink on the bus too? Nope. The bus is just for transport and singing not for drinking.

Can I go back the way I came? Err no. The bus travels in one direction only.

What happens if a bus doesn’t come? There is always lots of buses on route, there is never not a bus. One will always turn up.

Is there a timetable? Yes on facebook and at each venue 1 week before the trail.

Can my dog come too? Umm its not a great place for pooches, they are best left at home due to the amount of people on the events, it can be a tad overwhelming for them.

Can my child come on the trail. No!

The trail is designed for the more mature person who is wanting a jolly day with friends, we don’t advise trying to reach every pub on the trail, that’s rather a full day on the bus, but rather selecting a few pubs that take your fancy.

Have a different question? Email us [email protected]



What do I do next?

First, buy a ticket online 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 Vale Real Ale Trail 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. Next Trail will be 6th April 2019.

Fontygary Inn • Rhoose

Fontygary Inn, Fonmon Road, Rhoose, United Kingdom

1 Town Hall Square • Cowbridge

1 Town Hall Square, Town Hall Square, Cowbridge CF71 7DD, United Kingdom

6 Bells • Penmark

Penmark, Rhoose, Barry CF62 3BP, United Kingdom

Hare & Hounds • Aberthin

Aberthin, Cowbridge CF71 7LG, United Kingdom

3 Horseshoes • Moulton

Three Horseshoes, Barry, UK

Blacksmiths Arms • Llanmaes

Blacksmiths Arms, Llanmaes, Llantwit Major, UK

Coach Inn • Bridgend

Coach inn bridgend

Bang On Brewery • Bridgend

Bang On Brewery, George Street, Bridgend, UK

Fox and Hounds • Llanharry

Fox & Hounds, Llanharry, Pontyclun, UK

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