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Welcome To Plas y Brenin - The National Mountain Sports Centre

Nestled deep in the heart of Snowdonia our location is unrivalled as a destination for adventure activities of all kinds. For almost 60 years Plas y Brenin has been running courses and holidays in outdoor activities, introducing newcomers to the outdoors, helping outdoor enthusiasts improve their outdoor skills and training outdoor instructors.
We run a huge range of holidays, courses and expeditions in a wide range of activities including hill walking, rock climbing, mountaineering, scrambling, mountain biking, road cycling, white water kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing and first aid.
With comfortable en-suite bedrooms sleeping 80 people to make our individual guests feel at home and three additional self catering cottages designed to make larger groups welcome, we have everything the outdoor enthusiast could hope for.
Add to that the highest standards of instruction, equipment, facilities, and catering and you have the perfect recipe for learning in and enjoying the mountains.
Plas y Brenin is owned by Sport England and managed by The Mountain Training Trust (MTT), a non-profit making charity, set up by Mountain Training and The British Mountaineering Council, specifically to run The National Mountain Centre. MTT is committed to providing first class outdoor training at the most affordable price.

Take a Look At Our Range of Holidays, Courses & Expeditions

Hillwalking & Navigation

Hillwalking & Navigation

From simply walking in good company, learning to read a map to bagging all of Snowdonia's 3000 ft peaks.

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Whether you've never climbed before or you're on-sighting E5's, we've got just the course for you.

Scrambling & Mountaineering

Scrambling & Mountaineering

Looking to take your hillwalking to the next level? From going further off the beaten track to scrambling some classic rocky ridges.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Everything from easy trail riding holidays to technical skills courses, we have something for you.

Kayaking

Kayaking

If you want to try kayaking for the first time or to develop your white water technique, we've got the right course for you.

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

Whether you want to explore sea kayaking for the first time, develop your skills or go on an expedition, there's a course for you.

Canoeing

Canoeing

If you want to try canoeing for the first time or you'd like to develop your solo skills on white water, our coaches make it all possible.

White Water Safety & Rescue

White Water Safety & Rescue

If you're looking for some safety and rescue training check out our BCU and Rescue 3 courses

Mountain Qualifications

Mountain Qualifications

Whether your just starting out on the qualifications ladder or almost at the top, we run a full range of training and assessment courses.

Paddle Sport Qualifications

Paddle Sport Qualifications

We offer an extensive range of BCU-UKCC course from personal performance award to coaching certificates.

Holidays for Young People

Holidays for Young People

For two weeks each summer we dedicate our centre to courses for young people (12-17), everything from paddling to rock climbing.

Family Activity Holidays

Family Activity Holidays

Make your next family holiday an adventure, a great way to get into the outdoors together.

Mountain Bike Qualifications

Mountain Bike Qualifications

For all those mountain bikers looking to take out groups, check out our range of qualification courses

Road Cycling

Road Cycling

Why not explore the wonderful mountains of Snowdonia as part of a guided road cycling tour.

Rapid Development

Rapid Development

If a week just isn't enough, then you can dedicate 4 weeks with our Rapid Development Clinics to developing your skills.

Fast Track Instructor Scheme

Fast Track Instructor Scheme

If your looking to for a career in the outdoors then look no further, whether you're just starting out, re-training or on a career break.

Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you fancy trying adventurous sports but aren't sure where to start, then our multi-activity courses are a perfect way to try them out.

Activity Taster Days

Activity Taster Days

Try some outdoor adventure activity with the kids. Or leave them to enjoy the climbing, canoeing and skiing on their own on an outdoor activity Taster Day

Alpine Mountaineering

Alpine Mountaineering

From an Alpine trek to something more adventurous our range of Alpine courses has it all.

First Aid Training

First Aid Training

Our REC courses offer highly practical, hands on training in first aid and fulfil the first aid element of most outdoor qualifications.

Schools

Schools

Our residential activity breaks offer a wide range of activities delivered by world class coaches with hotel standard food and accommodation.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Specials

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Specials

A range of courses at subsidised rates for Duke of Edinburgh Award Volunteers plus Gold expeditions and residentials.

Last Minute Special Offers

Last Minute Special Offers

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Off Piste Skiing

Off Piste Skiing

Our off piste ski holidays in the Austrian Alps take you far from the lifts and crowded pistes.

Scottish Winter

Scottish Winter

If you're wanting to head out walking in the snow for the first time or to refine your winter climbing skills check out our Scottish programme.

Welsh Winter

Welsh Winter

Our Welsh Winter programme is great way to take your hillwalking or mountaineering into the winter months.

Instructor / Coach Hire

Instructor / Coach Hire

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides by the day . Allowing you to enjoy one to one coaching or to split the cost between a group of you, depending on the activity,

Conference Venue

Conference Venue

Perfect for small or large conferences our flexible packages and fabulous location make Plas y Brenin an ideal venue for your event.

 



Last Minute Discounts

Our Packed and Ready Discounts page always has some incredibe deals on offer. But you'll need act fast to take advantage of these bargains.

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Web-Only Offers

Holidays and Courses that are only available online.

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British Mountaineering Council Deals

Check out the latest rock climbing and hillwalking deals from our partner organisation The BMC.
Now includes a range of subsidised winter skills courses!!!!

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Got A Date Available - Need An Adventure To Match?

Find out what's going on at the National Mountain Sports Centre between any date range on this handy new search page

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Events & Talks In Our Bar

liev music, talks, lectures and presentationsWe welcome non-residents in our bar and there's always something going on from live music and events to guest lectures and slideshows. Check out what's coming up next here

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BCU STUDENT SAFETY SEMINAR 18-19 OCT

BCU Student Safety Seminar 18-19 OctTwo days of information packed workshops, all you need to know to get your uni club out paddling.

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD SUBSIDISED COURSES

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Subsidised CoursesCheck out the latest subsidised courses for DofE volunteers

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THE BIG CHRISTMAS WALK

The Big Christmas WalkAfter last years sell out success we've got another Big Christmas Walk planned for the 13-14 Dec.

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ACCOMMODATION FOR CLUBS AND GROUPS IN SNOWDONIA

Accommodation For Clubs and Groups In SnowdoniaClimbing Clubs, Cycling Clubs, Canoe Clubs DofE groups or even just a gang of mates? Our handy self catering accommodation units make an ideal base for your adventures.

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THE BIG ACOUSTIC WALK 1-2 NOV 2014

The Big Acoustic Walk 1-2 Nov 2014Join us for another fabulous weekend of walking and live acoustic music.

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FREE OUTDOOR TRAINING

Free Outdoor TrainingWe need people to act as 'mock students' for our qualification courses. Find out more here.

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SUMMER TIME WHITE WATER?

Summer Time White Water?Check out these great summer time paddling venues in North Wales

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GET FIT FOR THE ALPS

Get Fit For The AlpsPlanning an alpine ascent this year? Learn how to get fit for the physical challenge of Alpine mountaineering.

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TOP TIPS ON LOWERING OFF A BOLTED ROUTE

Top Tips on Lowering off a Bolted RouteBen Lawes gives you his top tips on how to get down from the top of a bolted route.

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SAFETY TIPS FOR NOVICE CLIMBERS

Safety Tips For Novice ClimbersIn our Top Tips section Instructor Louise Thomas highlights some vital safety considerations for novice climbers

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PLAS Y BRENIN CENTRE ASSISTANT SCHEME

Plas y Brenin Centre Assistant SchemeFind out what's its like to be a Plas y Brenin Centre Assistant.

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HOW TO GET YOUR OPEN BOAT GOING

How to Get Your Open Boat GoingA few simple tips to help you get a canoe off the bloack neatly

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JOIN US MOUNTAINEERING IN THE FRENCH ALPS

Join us Mountaineering in the French AlpsOur Alpine Mountaineering season is booking up now. Why not join us for the holiday of a lifetime?

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READY TO FACE THE MONSTER?

Ready to face The Monster?The Monster, our flagship Road Cycling weekend makes an ideal training platform for a sportif or etape.

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LOOK AFTER YOUR BOOTS

Look After Your BootsOur boots take a hammering so we asked the experts what we could do to look after them

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Up to 75% Funding For Outoor Training

Volunteer leaders can save up to 75% on training and assessment courses with our Future Leaders Fund. Ideal for Scout Leaders, Girlguiding volunteers, DofE leaders, youth workers and university club volunteers.

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Snowdonia Expedition Assessment Service

Plas y Brenin administers the Expedition Assesment Service for Cadair Idris, Rhinogs, Snowdon, Glyderau, Carneddau, Moelwyns and the Berwyns on behalf of DofE Wales.

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Weather Forecast, Tides and Surf Conditions

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