Porthmadog, known locally as "Port" is a bustling coastal town, with plenty of shops and places to eat.
It has a strong cultural heritage, being the home of the Ffestiniog Railway, and with the fantasy Italianate village of Portmeirion, where The Prisoner was filmed, lying close by.
If you like your Golf then this area offers a fantastic variety of options, with some of Wales’ most renowned golf courses lying close by, including Royal St. David. Porthmadog course is also well worth playing and trips out to the peninsula (to play Pwllheli, Nefyn and Abersoch) offer the fantastic combination of great golf with stunning scenery.
Borth y Gest situated on the edge of the River Glaslyn, just over a mile south of Porthmadog. The village retains much of its Victorian charm with its neat rows of Victorian houses leading down to the sheltered sandy bay, featuring a horseshoe shaped promenade of brightly coloured houses.
Situated on the hillside above Borth y Gest is Parc y Borth Nature Reserve. Roughly 15 hectares in size, it features both oak woodland and wildflower meadows. Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Tawny owls and Pied Flycatchers (summer visitor) can be seen here. The reserve has a network of paths leading to the top of the hill, with views across the Glaslyn and Dwyryd estuaries and also round south to west past Harlech and Criccieth castles, and to the Llŷn Peninsula beyond.
Porthmadog Circular Walk
- Moorings Bistro: Ivy Terrace, Borth-y-Gest, LL49 9TS. 01766 513500.
Mooring's Bistro is a MUST VISIT. Set in the beautiful Borth-y-Gest overlooking the bay. From 'Roasted Duck' to 'Moules Marinière' to 'Rib-eye Welsh Black Beef''; whatever you choose you are in for a treat. It is no wonder they constantly achieve 5 Star rating. They are closed on Wednesdays.
- Thai Harbwr: Madoc Yacht Club, Porthmadog LL49 9AT. 01766 515230
Tasty Thai food.
- The Grapevine Bistro: 152 High St, Porthmadog LL49 9NU. 01766 514230
Restaurant bistro. Can get very busy in August