Exploring Harlech Fort Wales – it’s rather more than only a fort!


My journey weblog from a stunning journey to Harlech, exploring the attractive Welsh city and, after all, visiting Harlech Fort!

‘Oh, you’re going to Harlech? Are you going to the fort?’

This was the response I had from just about everybody after I instructed them I used to be going to Harlech. The attractive city on the coast of north west Wales is perhaps greatest recognized for its fort however I found there’s a lot extra to Harlech.

It was a kind of excellent autumnal days as I drove alongside the winding nation lanes in the direction of Harlech Fort. It was the form of day that must be reserved for work or movie units, the place the autumnal tress made vibrant tunnels with their leafy branches of crimson and orange and yellow.


I used to be staying in an attractive stone cottage known as Bwthyn Nain with Menai Vacation Cottages and it was just about the definition of ‘quaint’.

It was wonky however excellent with chunky beams, thick slate ground tiles and excellent little doorways. Cosy furnishings was blended with fashionable and vibrant decor so it felt homey and trendy.

This was the form of place the place you can do nothing however snuggle beneath huge blankets with a stack of books, a pot of tea and a packet of Welsh Desserts.

The cherry on high of this attractive cottage was the views; excellent sea views and that recent, salty air that whipped up from the seaside.

Extra footage and information on the cottage beneath

As soon as I used to be settled into my cottage and I managed to tear myself away from the cosiness of all of it (and drag Louie away from the underfloor heating which seems to be pure luxurious for a canine), I headed out for a fast stroll. However a fast stroll quickly became a 6 hour stroll!

5 minutes from the cottage and I discovered a bit of footpath main right down to the seaside. I let Louie paved the way down a steep path, throughout a railway and to the gentle sands of Harlech Seashore. I’d walked alongside right here the earlier summer time when the seaside was vibrant and busy with blue skies and completely golden sands. Households and youngsters had been splashing within the sea, sunbathing and constructing sand castles and it appeared like a totally totally different place. The seaside had a distinct vibe on this wild and blustery autumnal morning, however I truly suppose it was much more lovely.



Louie chased the wind up onto the grassy sand dunes that rolled and peaked so far as I might see. The prickly marram grass blanketed the dramatic dunes however we waded by the vegetation to see this attractive, Nordic wanting cottage.

After about 20 minutes we got here to the city and had the spectacular website of Harlech Fort. Do you know that Harlech Fort was initially constructed on the shore, however the north west of Britain is steadily rising so, with an accumulation of sand, the shore is progressively creeping away.

We started the steep stroll into the centre of Harlech and we had been greeted by the cutest city you can think about. Wobbly stone cottages leant towards one another as they sloped down the hills, and fairly little retailers invited me inside. An quaint candy store, an ice cream store, a bakery promoting recent pies and a charity store crammed with previous treasures stored me entertained for the remainder of the morning. I used to be shocked by the variety of eating places across the city and I made a psychological be aware to return again in the summertime months after I’m certain they’re all full of guests!


I had lunch at Llew Glas, a fairly little café serving a feast of do-it-yourself goodies. Louie was spoiled rotten by all the eye as we sat outdoors for much longer than obligatory and slowly watched the world go by – it was a kind of form of locations!

Visiting Harlech Fort

We then made our method to the Harlech Fort, as a result of you’ll be able to’t go to Harlech with out visiting the fort. It was grand and spectacular and extremely properly preserved however castles aren’t actually my factor and Louie was lower than impressed so we made our approach again to our beautiful cottage.

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle


Harlech Castle

Views from Harlech Castle

Prison Tower - Harlech Castle


Extra about my cottage in Harlech

My cottage was booked by Menai Vacation Cottages and was known as Bwthyn Nain. It’s been just lately refurbished and you’ll actually inform. All the pieces inside is totally pristine and excellent and I couldn’t fault a single factor. Costs for Bwthyn Nain begin from £395 within the off-season for one week as much as £795 for every week within the excessive season. It comfortably sleeps 6 adults so I believe that’s a cut price! You may e-book a minimal of two nights too.

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