The 5th Dragon Trail, September 4th – 10th will be based at Chateau Rhianfa.
The 5th Dragon Trail deviates from the pattern of previous ones by staying for the entire period in the same hotel and traveling out each day on a different route. This does not, however, mean missing out on attractions, which include a trip to the the top of Snowdon and a morning at an indoor go-kart track competing for the Dragon trophy!
Routes each day will vary dramatically and, as usual, take in spectacular scenery, including the road above, not previously covered on a Dragon Trail.
Our hotel for the six days is Chateau Rhianfa (www.chateaurhianfa.com), a fairytale castle on the edge of the Menai Straits on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, with stunning views across to the mountains.
Once more entries are restricted to just twenty cars, with early reservations having water view rooms, so to avoid disappointment it’s advisable to book quickly!
The itinerary is as follows:
Sunday, September 4th 2016. Arrivals at the luxury Chateau Rhianfa during the day and a chance to chill out on the terrace before dinner. The hotel, originally a private house and completed in 1851, has been granted 5 – star guest accommodation status by Visit Wales.
Monday, September 5th 2016. Anglesey East. We start the day by traveling the short distance to the picturesque town of Beaumaris, visiting the Old Gaol and Courthouse.
Leaving the town we hug the west coast and visit Red Wharf Bay (the prototype Land Rover was developed here) and Moelfre Life Boat Museum before stopping at Bull Bay Golf Club for lunch. Following lunch halts are Wylfa nuclear power station visitor centre, Cemaes Bay, Llynnon working windmill, and finally the Tunicliffe art gallery in Llangefni. Mileage for day – 60
Tuesday, September 6th 2016. Snowdon Summit Little driving today as we cross the Menai Straits and into the mountains to Llanberis where we board the famous rack railway to the top of Snowdon. On our return to the base station it’s a short distance to the amazing slate museum which contains the biggest water wheel on the UK mainland, second only to the Laxey Wheel in the Isle of Man. You now have plenty of time to explore locally, maybe take a drive to the top of the Llanberis Pass, or return to the hotel. Mileage for day – 30
Wednesday, September 7th 2016. Anglesey West. Leaving the hotel our route takes us via Anglesey Sea Zoo, a bespoke chocolate maker, the famous sea salt producer Halen Mon, and Tacla Taid Transport Museum to lunch at the White Eagle in Rhoscolyn, William & Kate’s local when they lived on Anglesey.
After lunch it’s yet more scenic lanes to South Stack lighthouse and then via Llanfair pwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobllllantysiliogogogoch to Plas Newydd, the home of the Marquis of Anglesey and location of the incredible Whistler mural. Mileage for day – 75
Thursday, September 8th 2016. Go-kart Trophy. Once more crossing to the mainland we meander through the lanes to Redline Karting. This will be a great fun and even if you’ve never driven a kart before you’ll soon get the hang of it. If you decide not to take part then seated in the viewing room armed with a coffee you can cheer on the racers. Lunch is in Snowdonia Pub and Micro Brewery, Waunfawr.
After lunch we meander through the lanes (see heading photo again) to the Real Car Company in Bethesda who have kindly allowed us to wander around their showroom of assorted Bentleys and Rolls Royces from the twenties onwards. You will probably have seen their adverts in assorted magazines over the years. Mileage for day – 51
Friday, September 9th 2016. Lleyn Penninsula. Once more scenery sensory overload as we follow the outline of the Lleyn Penninsula.
First stop is Caernarfon where you have a chance to explore the historic town and maybe visit the castle before traversing the coast via Caernarfon Airworld Museum, Nant Gwrtheyrn (a tiny village once only accessible by sea) to our lunch halt in the small seaside village of Aberdaron.
After lunch our route takes in the south side of the peninsula, passing through Abersoch, Pwllheli and Criccieth (stopping at the Lloyd George museum at Llanystumdwy) before heading back to Chateau Rhianfa. Mileage for day – 103
Saturday, September 10th 2016. Departure for home.
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