Bala & Penllyn is situated in the Snowdonia National Park, in an area known as the Welsh Lake District. The area has dramatic scenery with mountains almost touching 3,000 ft high, deep valleys, fast flowing streams, rivers, waterfalls, forests and many lakes. With so much to offer in the local area, visitors can enjoy the Bala & Penllyn area in its entirety or simply use it as an excellent base to explore both Mid-Wales and North-Wales, including Snowdonia.
Bala is a small, historic, market town providing all the essential services for visitors including banks, a post office, supermarkets and shops selling local produce including two traditional butchers and delis offering both traditional Welsh and international products. Both butchers have won many awards, including the 'Best Butcher in Wales'. There are, of course, cafes, restaurants, pubs and Inns all catering for a range of tastes, either in Bala or nearby.
Penllyn is the area around Bala with many small towns and villages each with their own character and history. Officially, Penllyn comprises Bala and the parishes of Llanuwchllyn, Llanycil, Llandderfel and Llangower.
There are many other market towns and villages and hamlets in the area, including Llanfor, Cefnddwysarn, Sarnau, Glanrafon, Llangwm, Cynwyd, Llandrillo, Corwen, Frongoch, Rhyduchaf and Parc. Penllyn is a mountainous, rural area with strong traditions based on the Welsh language and culture.