Snowdonia Real Ale Trail's!

Travelling around a large mountain in June, the Bus Based Real Ale Trail festival will take you through the stunning towns and villages of Snowdonia National Park, travelling from mountains to coast.


Join us on a Real Ale Festival, specially made for people who like to make new friends for a day of big laughter, beer and food. You see we are big supporters of the local pub and the folk who make this wonderful stuff we call Ale. We know where they are, but like many rural locations many are inaccessible by public transport. So we thought we need to take you to them. Fancy a Pint..?



Two night stay at The Barns Hotel

Your own room no single supplement.

Daily Breakfast & 1 Evening meal

Half a pint of Ale in selected pubs

Lunch selection


Singles Horizon host on arrival & icebreaker get together.

Making memories with new friends.

Free parking available



As ever, we promise a minimum of three real ales in each pub (with at least 50 ales on the whole Trail). Each pub on the Trail is hand selected for their selection of Real Ale and hospitality plus micro breweries creating speciality Ales just for the day as well as small batch ales, never to be experienced again. 
If ale isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other drinks available and lots of atmosphere to soak up as well!
The idea of the trail is not to get drunk but to enjoy ale and food responsibly. Pubs will not serve you if you have a few too many, so do remember to eat and drink water between stops.

The Real Ale Trail is a story about making friendship, and how a pint of ale can bring friends together to share in a good old belly laughter whilst exploring pubs and ales you’ve never tried before……. without the worry of organising the driving. 

A bus chauffeurs you all day through spectacular countryside to rural pubs. Every half an hour or so, a bus will appear at each pub on the trail to ferry you to the next pub. You can visit as many or as few pubs as you want and stay at each one for as long as you want. It’s that simple.


Travelling through the stunning towns and villages of Snowdonia National Park, Bussing Real Ale lovers from Llan Ffestiniog to Criccieth, stopping off in villages such as Llanfrothen, Tremadog and Talsanrau nestled in Snowdonia mountains. If you’re a fan of a good day out with new friends, locally brewed ales or smashing pubs bursting with character then this one day moving beer festival will be right up your street. You will be taken on a journey to find quirky pubs off the beaten track in locations set in spectacular Snowdonia countryside, giving you the opportunity to sample local ales and join in the entertainment and the fantastic Snowdonia hospitality.

All of our bedrooms are en-suite and offer tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV with free view, iron and ironing board and in room digital safe.  High-speed wireless internet access is also included for all guests. 

The Wine Glass Restaurant features rustic wooden beams and a charming library area. A beautiful river facing restaurant that offers a warm and friendly service, delicious comfort food and an extensive wine list for you to enjoy. If you’re looking for a charming and relaxing Christmas escape, you will love The Barns Hotel!

The Barns Hotel
Cardington Road
Bedford, Bedfordshire
MK44 3SA


By road from A1 (J13)  follow A421 for approx 10 miles until A603 Sandy/Bedford exit. Proceed towards Bedford, The Hotel is on the right at the second roundabout.

Please contact us at the time of making your reservation if you have any questions about our parking facilities.

You can start and finish anywhere on the route at any time.


Buses arrive every 45 minutes or so at each pub from 12pm to 11pm. The Real Ale trail shuttle takes you to visit Porthmadog’s finest watering hole all the way to Criccieth, stopping off in interesting places like Ffestiniog, Talsarnau, and Tremadog along the way.

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