Idris Pop-Up Yurt

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Graig Wen

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Pet Friendly

  • Bed Linen Not Included
This yurt pops up in the winter months providing a great place to hunker down after a day out exploring Snowdonia National Park.

  • Cosy winter glamping with a wood-burning stove, sheepskins and Welsh tapestry blankets
  • Simple outdoor covered camp kitchen with cooking equipment provided
  • Mountain biking and walking are on the yurt-step with zip wires close by

The Owner Says

Idris is one of our two pop-up glamping yurts in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. Idris sleeps up to 4 people and is the pop-up yurt to book if you fancy some wild glamping or winter glamping.

Winter glamping

From the start of October until the end of April Idris is sited close to the hot showers, loos and conveniences of the top site along with a few camper vans and caravans.  You can park by the yurt in its winter location and check in time is flexible. Idris has additional insulation and a new wooden front door to help keep in the warmth from the woodburner and radiator. Winter glampers benefit from electricity to boil a kettle and for additional heating and lighting. Whether it’s cold and crisp or wet and wild outside, come properly prepared and you’ll be warm and cosy by the woodburner after some walking, biking, zip- lining or star-gazing.

What’s a Pop-up yurt?

Our pop-up yurts are so called because they move to different locations around the site depending on the season. Unlike our more traditional hand-crafted yurts, the pop-up yurts are made of modern materials which are easy to move but still robust and fully waterproof.

Idris is named after the giant said to be so large that his throne is the summit of one of Wales’ most iconic mountains – Cader Idris (meaning the throne of Idris), which overlooks Dolgellau.

What’s in the yurt?

Idris comes kitted out with a proper double bed with a quality extra thick mattress and two single sofa beds.  Stay cosy inside by the wood burning stove or star-gaze outside around a fire-pit. The yurt is on a beautiful wooden base made by local craftsman Dan and there is bespoke furniture, floor rugs, and warm Welsh tapestry blankets and sheep skins on the beds.

In the summer months, a simple covered camp kitchen right outside the yurt provides a 2 ring camping gas stove and all the cooking equipment, plates, cutlery etc you will need. In the winter location, cooking facilities are inside the yurt. You can also BBQ on the fire-bowl – we recommend trying Sausage Sue’s burgers and bangers available from our small shop! Relax over a local craft ale at the picnic bench lit by twinkling fairy lights.  From May until October, Idris is off grid, so there is simple solar lighting and we provide you with a lantern – we are in Snowdonia National Park Dark Skies Reserve so you’ll need it to find your way to the loo at night! We are happy to recharge phones etc for you in reception, and there is also a wifi point for those who don’t want to switch off completely!

Just bring your own double bedding or sleeping bags, towels and food and enjoy a very special corner of Snowdonia National Park…

Wild glamping

From May 2019 Idris pops-up in a wild corner of our lower tent camping fields until late September. In the wild location you camp in a secret, private area with your own camp fire, huge old oak trees and views up the valley. You will truly experience deep peace and tranquility here with birdsong your only soundtrack.

There is a clean and airy eco-loo a few steps away. Please be aware that this pitch is secluded and the camp site showers are a fairly steep 5 – 10 minute walk from the yurt. For this reason we recommend wild glamping in Idris is suitable for adults and older children seeking an active, wild adventure. Dogs on leads are welcome too. If you prefer a little more luxury closer to the washing facilities then Glamping in the Glade might suit you better.

Guests booking wild glamping are given a lift from the car parking area with their kit to the pitch if they arrive between 2 and 4pm. Outside of these times wheelbarrows are provided to take your stuff across the meadows. PLEASE NOTE LAST CHECK IN FOR SUMMER GLAMPING IS 6.45PM due to the remote and wild location of Idris. We will not accept any arrivals for Idris after dusk – please plan accordingly or you will be asked to arrive the next morning.

Travelling light

The pop-up yurt is perfect if you fancy travelling light and trying a car-free holiday. It’s easy to get to Graig Wen and get around on public transport. Bike hire is available on site or locally and we can arrange to collect you from the local train station at Morfa Mawddach. You can pre-order a breakfast hamper or freshly baked croissants.

Features & Facilities

Test your animal-spotting skills – owls, nightjars, glow-worms, badgers and kingfishers are all in residence here. There are a couple of ropeswings, plenty of trees to climb, occasional wildlife walks and bikes to hire. In the car-free lower field you must park a few hundred meters away. Drop off service available 2 - 4pm and on morning of check out. Wheelbarrows provided to move your kit. 2 new unisex showers on lower tent camping fields plus more on the upper touring van site and one just for glampers. Electric hook-ups (£3.50 per night). Campfires allowed on lower fields and communal camp fire for touring site (bag of logs £5). Hire cruiser bikes on site (£20) or at Dolgellau Cycles (0044 1341 423332) call for prices.

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Activities

Cadair Idris (892 metres) - clambering up the mountain is a great local option and the Pony Path makes is family friendly.  Alternatively walk straight off the camp site along the stunning (and flat) waterside Mawddach Trail to the seaside treats of Barmouth. Go crabbing or visit Knickerbockers ice-cream parlour. As well as the cycle track along the estuary to the Fairbounre beach, there’s mountain-bike routes for all abilities, at nearby Coed-y-Brenin (01341 440747), around 5 miles north of Dolgellau. Head north to Llechwedd Slate Caverns where Zip World (01248 601444) is hugely popular. Over 8km of wires are strung throughout the mountains providing a truly unique areal experience. Slightly more theme park-like, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, on the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth (01654 761584) is an attraction themed around ancient myths and legends. Every third Sunday of the month Dolgellau holds a Farmer's Market.

Food & Drink

The owners sell eggs, ice cream, marshmallows and breakfast hampers in high season (local bacon, sausages, bread, juice) for £30. Stock up on local produce and tasty treats at the Country Market on Thursday mornings, or the Farmer’s Market on the third Sunday of every month, both in Dolgellau. Down at Fairbourne, the unassuming Indiana Cuisine (01341250891) is a pleasant surprise. South Indian specialities are created with colour and flourish from fresh ingredients and traditional home recipes. Plenty of non-spicy options available. Good pub grub at The George III Hotel (01341 422525) 5 minutes drive or an hour's delightful walk along the estuary cycle trail. Locally produced lamb, beef and fish can be enjoyed outside in view of the estuary.
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Getting There

Turn off the A470 Dolgellau bypass onto the A493 signposted Tywyn/ Fairbourne. The campsite is exactly 4.5 miles from this point so set your tripometer! As you near it the road narrows and the site is on the brow of a slight hill on the right hand side. If approaching from Fairbourne direction on A493, drive through Arthog, past the quarry and look for a sign saying "Concealed entrance" on the left - that's Graig Wen. Sat nav works with postcode LL39 1YP. Morfa Mawddach railway station about 2 miles from site, accessible by foot/cycle path or bus. Sarah and John encourage public transport and can arrange pick-up from station for £10. Buses run between Aberystwyth/ Machynlleth and Dolgellau. Ask the driver to drop you off at Graig-Wen between Penmaenpool and Arthog. Buses and trains: Traveline Cymru 0871 200 2233.