Ogwen Cottage, Snowdonia

Ogwen Cottage

Ogwen Cottage

Ogwen Cottage is situated on the shores of Lake Ogwen, nestled between Carneddau and Glyderau mountain ranges. With stunning views and endless expedition opportunities, Ogwen is the perfect location for challenging and highly adventurous outdoor learning courses.

Steeped in history, this iconic centre is now run by Outward Bound in partnership with the National Trust.

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

T: 01654 767464
F: 01654 767835

For an insight in to centre life and to help answer questions regarding bedrooms, food and what to do around the centre, view the video below.

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.

Getting There

Our venues are purposefully set in remote locations as the outdoor environment plays an essential role in every Outward Bound programme. We use the mountains, lakes and rivers on our doorstep to support our participants to build their confidence and achieve their goals. Using the outdoors in this way means that our programmes have real, transferable impact. Our clients tell us time and again that it's more than worth the journey.

For those driving from the North
Take the M6 south and exit at junction 20a to join the M56, following signs for North Wales. Follow the M56 onto the A494, and then join the A55 along the North Wales coast, following signs for Bangor. 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. The Ogwen Cottage Centre is around 5 miles beyond Bethesda, and is clearly sign-posted on the right hand side of the A5.

From the South
Take the M6 north and exit at junction 10a to join the M54. Follow the M54 to its end and then join the A5, following signs for North Wales and then Bangor. Follow the A5 through Betws y Coed and then Capel Curig, and the Ogwen Cottage Centre will then be found on the left hand side of the A5 at the end of Llyn Ogwen.

By rail
Bangor station is 10 miles away.

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