Local Activities

Adventure North WalesWelcome to Bala Cottage Breaks Activity Holidays

Bala Cottage Breaks offer a hand-picked selection of immaculate 4 and 5 Star properties making the perfect base for any kind of holiday.

North Wales is an adventure playground for adults and kids - Bala is a perfect base to access the range of activities available for a family week holiday or short weekend break with friends.

White Water Rafting

Bala is home to the Canolfan Tryweryn, the National White Water Rafting centre and Bala Lake which offers a great variety of watersports.

Explore the beautiful countryside from a mountain bike, quad bike or the saddle, all activity centres are within a 45 minute drive. No previous experience required.

Book a single activity or one of our packages and make the most of your stay with us.



Quad Biking


All activity equipment is supplied and all activities are undertaken by qualified instructors. We supply a Travel Pack with itinerary, drive directions and list of recommended clothing, so all you do is book and come and enjoy the fun!




RaftingWhite Water Rafting

If you’ve never experienced the sheer thrill of white water, now’s your chance! We kit you out in a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet then run through the basic manoeuvres on dry land before launching onto the river. The course runs a kilometre and a half, through swift rapids. This trip kicks your average theme park white knuckle rides straight into touch.


Duration: Allow 3 hours
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Minimum Number: One
Cost: £55.00 includes wetsuit hire
Distance from Bala: 10 minutes drive


Once you have experienced the River TrYweryn in 7 man rafts, why not progress to the 2 man craft with you in control? If you are seeking thrills this will not disappoint.


Duration: Full day incl. rafting session
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Minimum Number: Two
Cost: £105.00 includes wetsuit hire
Distance from Bala: 10 minutes drive

Pony TrekkingPony Trekking

Explore the wonderful North Wales countryside from the saddle on one of our Welsh Cobs known for their mild manor, perfect for novices and children.

Each trip is led by a local guide who will lead you along the trails of beautiful Glyn Ceiriog near Llangollen.

Duration: 2 Hours riding
Minimum Age: 8 years old
Cost: £45.00 per person includes hard hat
Distance from Bala: 45 minutes drive

Quad BikingQuad Bike Trek

Get to grips with the chunky 4 wheel off road bike, favoured by local farmers for their “go anywhere” capabilities. Our taster sessions include briefing, instruction and practise before giving you the freedom to ride over the 6 acre course complete with inclines, muddy areas and open area.


Duration: 1 Hour
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Cost: £45.00 per person includes overalls
Distance from Bala: 45 minutes drive

4x4 Off-Road Driving4x4 Off-Road Driving

A great opportunity to drive a high performance 4x4 Off Road vehicle, normally seen in the supermarket car park, the infamous Chelsea Tractor is capable of amazing manoevres. Enjoy the exhilaration of driving a 4x4 in one of the most challenging UK courses, used by many of the leading 4x4 manufactures for product launches. The venue has steep inclines, challenging cambers and water features to test your driving skills all under the guidance of our qualified instructor.


Duration: 3 Hours
Minimum Age: 17 years old
Cost: £149.00 per person includes vehicle
Distance from Bala: 45 minutes drive 


The adrenalin activity of the moment and one of the most exciting.  We disappear into a land that time forgot..... a Jurassic park playground for big kids. Kitted up in wetsuits, helmets and buoyancy aids we descend into the gorge for a day of sliding down rock slabs, jumping into rock pools, boulder hopping, abseiling a waterfall and for the finale the 'Big Air' - a 50-foot leap into a rock pool which is very deep (you'll be glad to hear). It's a fantastic day you won't forget in a hurry.

Duration: 3 Hours
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Cost: £60.00 per person includes wetsuits, helmets
Distance from Bala: 40 minutes drive

Climbing & AbseilingRock Climbing & Abseiling

One of the fasting growing activities climbing is a personal challenge and you can experience a taste of what rock climbing is all about with one of our taster sessions with a qualified instructor.

Learn the basic skills and enjoy the sensation and achievement of reaching the top – then relax and take the quick route to the bottom by abseiling!


Duration: 3 Hours
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Cost: £55.00 per person includes harnesses & safety equipment       
Distance from Bala: 40 minutes drive

Clay Pigeon ShootingClay Pigeon Shooting

The thrill of watching a clay shatter in flight is so overwhelming, you’ll probably miss the next one! Under the watchful eye and expert guidance of our instructor, hopefully you’ll soon be hitting far more than you miss! Using single bore guns your instructor will guide you through the basics of clay shooting. Be warned this activity is addictive.


Duration: Dependent upon number of people
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Cost: £45.00 per person includes ear defenders and equipment
Distance from Bala: 40 minutes drive

Spend a day learning some of the skills necessary for survival in the bushBushcraft

Back to the days before computers and gameboys dominated our time, when we built camps, made real fires and learned how to create stuff from odds and sods. Learn about the countryside and what it has to offer for a great group or family bonding session.



Duration: 3 hours
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Cost: £45.00 per person
Distance from Bala: 10 minutes drive

High Adventure
Enjoy this excellent and very safe 2 hour high ropes adventure journey through the trees.
You are safety harnessed and never have to unbuckle during the session.
There are 28 different elements on the course, the first of which starts close to the ground and gains in height as you continue.

Duration: 2 hours
Minimum Age: Above 1.3 metres in height and less than 120kg weight
Cost: £25.00 per person includes harnesses
Distance from Bala: 35 minutes drive

KartingGo Karting

North Wales is full of surprises, and none more than finding a top karting Championship course only 20 minutes from Bala in the backwaters of North Wales. Junior karts are available from 9 years of age and Pro Karts for adults. The fantastic 1600 metre outdoor circuit will not leave you disappointed.


Duration: From 10 minute sessions
Minimum Age: 9 years old
Cost: £16 for 10 minutes / Group Sprint Event £45
Distance from Bala: 20 minutes drive


Adventure Packages
If you are looking for a combination of activities we have listed some of our most popular packages, which can either been done on one day (expect a 9.00 am start in some cases) or split over a couple of days. Please be aware that some travel may be required between activities. However, if you wish to arrange an alternative combination or add more activities to your stay, please contact us to discuss your preferences.

White Water Rafting & Quad Bikes
Negotiate fast running water in our 7 man rafts and then take the opportunity to ride chunky 4 wheeled off road bikes over challenging terrain.
Cost: £98.00pp

Canyoning & White Water Rafting
A real adrenalin combo with rapid running white water rafting half day and rock slides, big jumps into water below during canyoning activity.
Cost: £108.00pp

Bushcraft & White Water Rafting
Build a camp, light a fire from twigs, find edible food from the forest and learn hunting skills.
Then take the ride of your life dressed in neoprene with a large rubber inflatable!
Cost: £118.50pp

Pony Trekking & White Water Rafting
Take a refreshing pony trek session over the North Wales hills on our friendly Welsh Cob ponies, then up the tempo aboard a 7 man raft ride grade 2 and 3 rapids. Ride “em” cowboy
Cost: £98.00pp

Canadian Canoeing & Pony Trekking
A very relaxed and refreshing activity combination in 2 man canoes then riding the wonderful Welsh Cob ponies.
Cost: £98.00pp

Go Karting & White Water Rafting
A fast and furious combination of pure quality activities at great venues.
Cost: £90 pp
Includes: 20 minutes of karting and white water rafting, all specialised kit and instruction.
Cost: £98.00pp

Select from single activities or a programme of activities during your stay. Minimum numbers may apply to some activities, please see individual descriptions for further information.

It is advisable to pre-book activities when you book your cottage for maximum choice.

Please contact Babs Watkinson on 01678 540443 or email info@balacottagebreaks.co.uk with your chosen dates, number of participants and activities. Our Activities Department will then make all the necessary arrangements and provide you with a full itinerary and travel pack.

We also have some lovely pampering services available at our cottages, which are:
Courtesy Umbrellas in each cottage
At Your Cottage Aromatherapy Massage – Hazel Baker 01678 520169
Beauty Therapy Treatments – At Your Cottage
Breakfast & Barbecue Hamper Service  Delivery from our local award-winning Welsh Butchers R. J. Roberts. Tel 01678 520471 or see our services page on www.cyffdy.com
Baby Sitting Service
Cottage Holiday Gift Vouchers, Flowers, Champagne, celebration cakes etc can also be arranged in advance.  Celebration Event Management.
Taxi ServiceGlobal Taxis Tel Leslie on 07850 370232  Biscuit Travel Tel Marie on 07969 334923
Plas yn Dre Restaurant, free transport home to your cottage. Lovely home cooked food, good hospitality 01678 521256.
Tuesday evenings: Guided local walks with Gwyn Williams, man of the  mountains, (fee –a bottle of red wine)  From the top of our nearest mountain Arenig, you can see the coast of Ireland, the tip of Snowdon and 10 lakes!
Gro-Cycles, Sarnau, Bala. Cycle hire delivered to your cottage, www.gro-cycles.co.uk
New for 2007: Helicopter Pleasure Flights www.heliadventure.co.uk   

Fly Fishing Coach & Ghillie – John Davies Rivers, 01938 561687 Available on Rivers, Stillwaters & Reservoirs for Individual or Groups. John is highly skilled and recommended.

   Bala Cottage Breaks
+44 (0)1678 540443
   Cyffdy, Parc, Bala, Gwynedd North Wales LL23 7YU

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