One of the undeniable perks of owning Isfryn is needing to try out all the local visitor attractions so that we can recommend things to our guests. We’ve had some great outings lately, so here’s our verdict on what we’ve tried…
We had a very leisurely trip on the Corris Railway on a glorious afternoon. It’s a very tiny affair, lovingly run by volunteers. Aside from operating the line, they build the beautifully-made carriages and restore the engines.
At the moment, there’s just a kilometre of track, so as well as the gentle trip down the line in the very pretty valley, the tour is supplemented by a guided trip around the engine sheds and the telling of some stories about the history of the line. Our trip cost just £6 per head. It’s a great way to pass a relaxed hour, and you can top off your trip with some delicious food and drink at Andy & Adam’s cafe just across the road, or a drop of something stronger at the Slater’s Arms just a little further up the street.
Next on the menu: Caernarvon Castle. It’s an impressive structure, dominating the estuary and the small town. It’s a warren of stairways, corners and wall walks inside. At the time we visited, it was £8.95 for an adult entry ticket.
Once you’ve exhausted your enthusiasm for military architecture and history, there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the town. The area closest to the castle is by far the nicest part of Caernarvon; the further from the castle you go, the more run-down the town gets, which is a shame. Still, there are plenty of options around the castle to keep most people happy and it was a very nice place to wander around in the sun. The home made ice creams on offer are definitely recommended!
On the way home, we took in the Roman remains at Segontium. Entrance to the site is free, and there is an interpretation board inside to explain some of what you are looking at. All that’s to be seen are the foundations of what was once a barracks for over 1,000 soldiers. (There’s a little more across the road from the entrance to the main site if you look over the stone wall. ) You have to stretch the imagination somewhat to conjure up the life that was once happening there, but if you’re interested in Roman history, it’s still fascinating to imagine them in this place.
Next, we took a trip to Newquay in Cardigan Bay for a sunset sailing to watch the dolphins. we actually chose a grey evening when there wasn’t much sunset in evidence and the sea was excitingly choppy, much to the delight of the little kids who were on board the open boat with us! To be honest, we loved it too. We saw several dolphins, a couple of whom gave us an apparently quite unusual show of being tail-down and sticking their heads above the surface of the sea. It was lovely to get to see heads as well as arching backs and tails.
There are several companies in Newquay running dolphin watching sailings, and they go out several times a day. Our trip cost £17 for one and a half hours. You can also sometimes see dolphins when you’re just standing on the quay, as we did on this evening. Newquay was new to us, and it looks like a nice little place. We’ll be going back for a better look, so watch this space for more!