At Rola you get the best of Wales, there is something for everyone. Whatever you want to do, you will be spoilt for choice. From Rola you will be able to access the multitude of interesting landmarks, and areas of natural beauty, Rola and the surrounding area has plenty to offer couples, families with children of all ages, pet owners, and activity/thrill seekers.
We have collected some information to help you enjoy your stay at Rola, covering:-
- Discovering and enjoying the wildlife
- Local beaches
- Places of interest
- Bird Watching
- Train spotting
- Miscellaneous activities and information
- Eating out
If you are after peace and tranquillity, or romantic walks, this is the place for you.
Rola over looks the sea and the beach, there is a lovely walk along the beach to the local village of Llwyngwril which takes about 1hour (be careful of the tides).
It is a magical experience to collect driftwood off the beach as the sun goes down, make a pebble circle to protect from the wind and build a small fire to sit by. Marshmallows are a must!
Rola beach is a locally renowned spot for lobsters and prawns. You might be lucky enough to be offered a lobster if you are around when the pots are raised. An easier way to obtain live lobsters or prawns is from the “Lobster Pot” in Barmouth harbour.
There is an abundance of walks, from gentle scenic strolls to the more challenging. All with breathtaking views, and scenery to help you enjoy your time out.
Old Railway walk between Barmouth and Dolgellau http://www.mawddachtrail.co.uk/
Birds Rock in the Dysynni valley. Combine a walk here with a visit to Castell y Bere.
Llwyngwril, along the old road to Dolgellau, to Morfa Mawddach then to Barmouth across railway bridge, return by train. A full day but with hugely varying scenery combines a visit to Barmouth. If you make it to Barmouth, be sure to walk up the hill by the church to see the view across the bay and mingle amongst the houses of “old Barmouth”.
Dysynni estuary at Tonfanau. Walk along the riverbank and catch a glimpse of the abundant wildlife here.
The range of wild life is vast, with Atlantic grey seals are often swimming off shore, particularly off the headland by Llangelynin church. Dolphins and Porpoises can be seen frequently off the coast.
There is also Mawddach Nature Reserve, 2 Reserves in the Mawddach Valley which have beautiful walks through woods and shrub land, there are many different varieties of birds including Pied Flycatchers, Wood Warblers, Buzzards are also there throughout the seasons. Opening times: Information centre open during Easter and from Whitsun to September, 11am to 5pm. Site open at all times. Location: Abergwynant Lodge, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1YF.
Majestic mainline steam trains pass the cottages (summer only) and can be boarded at Tywyn or Barmouth.
Get your cameras ready and smell the history passing!
Narrow gauge steam railways at Tywyn http://www.talyllyn.co.uk and nine other locations in North Wales.
Travel the Fairbourne Light Railway along the beautiful coast and join the ferry across to Barmouth http://www.fairbournerailway.com