Ogwen Cottage, Snowdonia

Ogwen Cottage

Located between the Carneddau and Glyderau mountain ranges and on the shore of Llyn Ogwen, Outward Bound Ogwen Cottage is the perfect place for an adventurous and memorable outdoor learning course.

The Outward Bound Trust
Ogwen Cottage
Nant Ffrancon
Gwynedd, LL57 3LZ
01654 767464

Watch this video of our Aberdovey centre for a flavour of what to expect when you come to Outward Bound. Facilities will vary across our centres.


The centre accommodates 36 young people and 4 members of staff in rooms of 1-8, all of which are functional yet comfortable. Toilet and shower facilities immediately adjacent.

Other facilities: The centre also benefits from 3 review rooms, a games room and direct access to Snowdonia National Park.

Dining: You'll be served freshly prepared food with plenty of variety on offer. We can meet any dietary requirements, provided you let us know in advance.

800x500 Ogwen strike a pose
400x250 Ogwen splash
400x500 Ogwen climb
Getting Here

Our postcode for directions is LL57 3LZ.

From the north
Exit the M6 south at junction 20a and join the M56 following signs for North Wales. The road becomes the A494, then keep straight to join the A55. Follow the A55 to junction 11, turning onto the A5 and then following signs for Bethesda. Drive through Bethesda and continue along the A5, now following signs to Betws y Coed. Ogwen Cottage is around 5 miles beyond Bethesda and is clearly sign-posted on the right hand side of the A5.

From the south
Exit the M6 north at junction 10a to join the M54. Follow the M54 until it becomes the A5, following signs for North Wales and then Bangor. Follow the A5 through Betws y Coed and then Capel Curig. Ogwen Cottage is on the left hand side of the A5 at the end of Llyn Ogwen.

By train
Bangor station is 10 miles away.

Digital Map

Ogwen Cottage started life as a toll house in 1815 on the old postal route from London to Holyhead. It has been a base for climbers since the 19th century and was turned into a mountaineering school in 1959. Birmingham Education Authority bought it in 1964 and used it as an activity centre to introduce inner-city schoolchildren to the outdoors. It was also home to Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team from 1964-1975.

In 2014 the National Trust bought it and we’ve been in partnership with them since 2015 to make sure Ogwen continues to be a centre for adventure in the mountains.

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Our Course

Each Outward Bound course is unique and gives young people the skills to become more confident and more capable at school, college and the workplace.

1600x800 Ogwen paddling group
Paddling on Llyn Ogwen