Idris Pop-Up Yurt

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth Graig Wen

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • 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.

Wild glamping

From May 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 private clean and airy compost loo and outdoor"jungle" shower a few steps away. You can also use the hot showers a few hundred meters away which are shared with other campers. Please be aware that this pitch is secluded and involves a bit of walking across sloping meadows to your car etc. 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 3 and 5pm. 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.

Please check out the web page on Graig Wen's own web site for more photos and details.

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.  We are happy to recharge battery packs (but not phones)  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…

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 locally and the local train station is at Morfa Mawddach a couple of miles away. You can pre-order freshly baked croissants for breakfast.


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  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance due 30 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
  • This guarantee supersedes any other policies

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Features & Facilities

Test your animal-spotting skills – owls, nightjars, egrets, badgers and kingfishers are all in residence here. There are plenty of trees to climb, dens to build and streams to potter in . 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 (£4 per night). Campfires allowed on lower fields and communal camp fire for touring site (bag of logs £5). Hire bikes 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. Castell y Bere is an atmospheric ruined castle which is great for exploring. Graig Wen is in one of the darkest parts of the Snowdonia Dark Skies Reserve so the star gazing can be awesome. Walk from the site to Arthog waterfalls and up to the stunning Cregennan Lakes.

Food & Drink

Good pub grub at The George III Hotel (01341 422525) 5 minutes drive or an hour' and half's delightful walk along the estuary cycle trail. Locally produced lamb, beef and fish can be enjoyed outside in view of the estuary. 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 and vegan options available.  Mawddach Neapolitan Pizzas are now serving up the best pizzas this side of Naples to enjoy over fabulous views of Cader Idris. Head to the Celtic Cabin on Barmouth Prom for the most amazing street food. Graig Wen's new guest app gives oyu the inside track on the latest pop-up places to eat and drink as well as locals' favourites.

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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.