Coming to a large mountain in October, the Bus Based Real Ale Trail festival will take you through the stunning town and villages of Snowdonia National Park, travelling from mountains to coast. You will be taken on a journey to find quirky pubs off the beaten track in locations set in spectacular countryside.  It’s an Ale Trail rule that you bring along great friends to help you enjoy the day, as they will need to help you sample local ales and join in on the entertainment.  The Trail is all about sampling local hospitality with great friends.

You can start and finish anywhere on route at any time. The Real Ale Trail  Shuttle takes you to visit Blaenau’s finest watering hole all the way to Criccieth, stopping off in interesting places like Porthmadog, Ffestiniog, Maentwrog, Talsarnau, and Tremadog along the way.

Interested in joining us? You can buy your ticket in advance from any of the participating pubs and below with the Ticket line. We are very active on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and time tables.

See you on the 7th October….Bottoms up!

Real Ale Trail Tickets

Snowdonia Real Ale Trail

£12 per ticket in advance available from any participating pub or £15 on the day (no booking fee if you buy at pubs)


Snowdonia Ale Trail

The Ship Inn is a bustling pub; popular with locals and visitors and situated right in the heart of the harbour town of Porthmadog. The building is grade 2 listed and dates back to the 19th Century so you’ll find buckets of character to enjoy while supping the real ales that line the bar – or enjoying some of their lovely homemade food.

The Brondanaw Arms, known locally as ‘The Ring’, is a beautiful 17th Century once home to the famous Architect Clough Williams Ellis. The Brondanw Arms is a traditional Welsh pub with slate floors, roaring log fires and cask ales with an award-winning menu if you’re feeling a bit peckish.

The Grapes Hotel is one of the oldest and most famous coaching inns in Wales. The grade II listed inn dates back to the 17th Century. The bar boasts a selection of real ales including Purple Moose, Cwrw Llyn and a weekly rotation of local real ale brewers. The Grapes Hotel provides homemade to order meal made with fresh, local and seasonal produce.

The Union Inn is a friendly village pub situated in the historic and picturesque village of Tremadog – gateway to the Snowdonia National Park and the Llyn Peninsula. A freehold family run pub, the Union prides itself on excellent food as well as a fine range of locally brewed ales. You will love this pub whether you’re warming up in front of the roaring fire or enjoying the beer garden in the sun.

The Ship Aground is a family run business situated in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. The history of the pub dates back to the early 19th Century when it was the old Talsarnau farmhouse. The pub is an important part of community life here and there is always a warm welcome extended to everyone. As well as an ale, you can enjoy the views of Snowdon from their restaurant while enjoying locally sourced produce.

The Pengwern is an old drovers inn run by the community of Llan Ffestiniog. Situated in the village square and overlooking the Vale of Ffestiniog, it’s the perfect base for meeting locals and exploring North Wales. They serve a wide range of local real ales and have a great beer garden where you can enjoy your ale with views to die for.

The Manod Hotel reopened in December 2014 under new management and has been returned to its former glory as a traditional miners tavern on the outskirts of the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Stripped wooden beams and slate feature fireplaces all add to the cosy atmosphere, and a warm welcome is always guaranteed.

Another old Welsh building dating back to 18th Century and a surprising place to find great real ales, but these guys do it well.  Another family run business in the heart Criccieth serving great welsh hospitality.

Tickets are available for sale in any of the pubs above

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