Location and Directions


Smugglers Cove is situated in the Snowdonia Nation Park on its southernmost boundary, the north shore of the Dyfi Estuary.

The cottage address & post code is Frongoch Boatyard, Aberdyfi, Gwynned LL35 0RG

The cottage is located 7 miles south west of Machynlleth, & 3 miles east of Aberdyfi on the A493.

The distances from other major cities are:
Aberystwyth 25 miles
Birmingham 104 miles
Welshpool 43 miles
Cardiff 107 miles
Liverpool 87 miles
Bristol 124 miles
Manchester 107 miles
London 208 miles


By Road: Drive to Machynlleth. At the clock tower in the centre, take the A487 towards the train station& drive for ¾ of a mile passing under the railway bridge & over the river bridge. Immediately after passing over the river bridge turn sharp left onto the A493 signposted to Aberdyfi. Drive for 6 ¼ miles passing through the villages of Pennal & Cwrt. As the road starts to get close to the estuary, it turns sharply to the right, then to the left as it descends quite quickly to sea level. As you descend you will see a white walled building on the right hand side. This is Quarry Cottage. Carry on about a 100 yards. On the left hand side of the road you will see a wide opening into a gravelled parking area with a large wooden building with an angled roof, & parked cars, trailers & boats. This is Frongoch Boatyard. Immediately on entering, turn sharp left passing the wooden building on your right hand side. Just past this building on your left there is a pedestrian tunnel entrance under the road with parking places reserved for guests. There is room for 3 to 4 cars to park here. Walk through the tunnel to Smugglers Cove cottages.
PLEASE NOTE: If using a sat nav to find us, due to an anomaly with Post Codes, it will take you to a location approx ½ mile from us off the main road. When nearing Smugglers Cove, say about a mile away, ignore any sat nav directions to turn off the main road. Smugglers Cove is right alongside the main road.

By Train: There is a direct train service from Birmingham New Street to Machynlleth & onwards to either Aberystwyth or Pwllheli, via Barmouth & Portmadog which during the day runs every 2 hours & takes approximately 2 ½ hours. This service can also be picked up at Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Welshpool & Newtown train stations. There is a taxi rank at Machynlleth Station The town Centre is 1/3 rd of a mile from the station & reasonably walkable.

By Bus: A local bus service, the No X29 operates approximately two hourly between Machynlleth, Aberdyfi & Tywyn with a request stop at Frongoch Boatyard. The service is operated by Lloyds coaches with pick up/drop off stops in Machynlleth at the Rail Station & the clock tower. There is an onward connecting bus service, the X28, between Machynlleth & Aberystwyth .

Airports: Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham & Cardiff are all approximately the same distance away at around 100 miles.

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