• Anthony Oldfield

Holyhead Cruise Excursion - North Wales Day Tour

Bespoke Tours of North Wales collected Jeff, Karen, Sam and Jonathan from a rather damp Holyhead Port yesterday. Although it was raining, it didn't dampen our spirits at all and everyone was looking forward to experiencing the highlights of North Wales.

Our first stop was the quaint village of Beaumaris where we viewed the famous Beaumaris Castle and learnt about it's colourful past. A quick walk along the jetty to take in the stunning views of the Menai Strait and we were off to the historic town of Conwy. Along the way we stopped to admire the famous Menai Suspension Bridge which connects the island of Anglesey to the mainland of Wales.

The dominating sight of Conwy Castle soon came into view as we drove into this historic walled town. After a talk about it's important features we strolled through the town and picked up some Bara Brith and made our way to view the Smallest House in Great Britain - mind our head as you go in! Next came a walk around the well-preserved walls and everyone was treated to the most spectacular view of the castle, the town and the surrounding area. Then it was back to the Land Rover to continue with our tour.

Jeff, Karen, Sam and Jonathan enjoying Conwy Castle

Our next stop was the Bodnant Food Centre located next to the River Conwy. There were many wonderful Welsh delights available and some delicious looking Welsh Cakes were purchased for later!

One scenic drive along the Conwy Valley later and we arrived in the popular Betws-y-Coed - lunchtime! Everyone opted for the local Fish and Chip shop and they were not disappointed; the food was tasty and good value for money as usual. Due to the heavy rainfall over the previous 24 hours the Pont-y-Pair Falls were in full flow; what would Swallow Falls be like? We would soon find out!

We quickly arrived at Swallow Falls and were met with the spectacular sight of this popular waterfall; the noise was thunderous and the spray was all around us - awesome! Next we were off to the quaint village of Beddgelert.

Really loud, spray everywhere - nature in full flow at Swallow Falls yesterday.

Arrived in Beddgelert and after a quick 'rest stop' it was onwards to learn about the legend of Gelert. The River Glaslyn was full and had spilled over on to the path with some wet feet as a result 'all part of the fun and the experience' remarked Karen! Next it was off to the historic town of Caernarfon.

Never seen the River Glaslyn so full; wet feet all-round!

Arrived in Caernarfon and after viewing the castle we made our way to Bar Bach, the smallest bar in Wales; it was time to get out the Welsh Cakes! So with a refreshing cup of tea the Welsh Cakes were eaten with relish; they tasted as good as they looked! Then it was time to head to our final destination of the day, the village with the longest name in Europe.

Arrived in the village and everyone was amazed at firstly how long the name is and secondly it's long English translation! It was now time to head back to Holyhead and ready for the ship's departure.

Arrived back in Holyhead wet, tired but having had the most wonderful and memorable day. We said our farewells and Jeff, Karen, Sam and Jonathan returned to their ship to prepare themselves for their next adventure!

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