01690 720214

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Whether you are a newcomer to the outdoors or a seasoned professional, there are many reasons why the National Mountain Sports Centre is the right choice for you and your adventures.

We've listed a few of those reasons for you here, just click on any of the headings below to find out more.

Unique Location

The view from Plas y Brenin's garden

Our unique position in the heart of the mountains yet a short drive from the rugged coastline of Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsula, allows us tremendous flexibility. Our location at the heart of North Wales is world renowned for walking, climbing, mountain biking, road cycling, kayaking and sea kayaking. Wherever you turn there are great adventures to be had, breathtaking views to be seen, and amazing wildlife to be observed.

What's more, because our guides, instructors and coaches know the area so well, they are tuned in to using each distinctive activity venue to make sure you get the most from your stay with us. They are used to reacting to individual aspirations and expectations, ability, experience, weather conditions, and the forecast to choose the perfect venue every time.

The view from Plas y Brenin's bar

There are climbing venues with over 12 different rock types within a few minutes drive of Plas y Brenin. Allowing us to ensure you enjoy an amazing variety of climbing.

Plas y Brenin is only 2 hours by road from Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Just an hour from Holyhead ferry terminal and only 40 minutes drive from Llandudno Junction railway station which is well connected with all major rail routes across the UK.

Unrivalled Coaches & Leaders

Unrivalled coaches in every department

Our coaches work as consultants to a wide range of National Governing Bodies helping to develop their leadership and coaching qualification schemes and their safety procedures. As well as in the UK, recently their work has taken them as far afield as Austria, Iran, Cyprus, Kenya and Chile.

Our coaching and instructional team includes many of the most experienced and accomplished outdoor athletes in the UK. But sporting achievement alone doesn't guarantee a place on our staff line-up. We insist that our coaches understand people. We look for coaches who know how to tailor every experience to make sure our guests feel confident and safe - yet challenged. Coaches who know how to make you feel inspired to learn new skills and explore new adventures.

Unrivalled coaches in every department

As a result, you'll find the coaching experience at The National Mountain Sports Centre uniquely refreshing. Our team are finely tuned to help you achieve your goals. Whether your goal is to improve your skills - or simply to discover and enjoy the beauty of the local mountain scenery, they'll help you do just that. So come and join us and enjoy some time in the outdoors with us - in your own way.

Excellent Sporting Facilities

First class sporting facilities including a heated indoor rolling pool

As one of Sport England's three National Sports Centres, our sporting facilities are truly world class. For climbers we have two indoor climbing walls, complete with an 11m leading tower and auto belay system. For mountain bikers, we offer a purpose built skills course, a pump track, bike-repair workstations, secure storage and bike-wash facilities.

Paddlers can enjoy a huge selection of the latest kayaks, sea kayaks and canoes to try out from our paddlesport demo fleet and an indoor heated rolling pool with video analysis facilities. On top of all that we have a number of orienteering courses, a purpose built abseil tower and a challenging low ropes course, which makes a superb activity for developing team understanding and leadership. We also have a fully equipped gym and an artificial ski slope on site.

Our equipment stores

Underpinning all of our activities is our equipment stores, which is piled high with all the latest equipment, all of which is free for you to use on your course or holiday.

Whatever holiday or course you come on, you are welcome to use any of our sporting facilities free of charge in the evenings.

Outstanding Home Comforts

Comfortable en-suite accommodation at Plas y Brenin

Our accommodation and hospitality are unrivalled in the outdoor industry. Hotel standard, en-suite bedrooms complete with comfy bed, flat screen TV, and desk means you'll feel completely at home on your stay with us. We have classrooms and meeting rooms to suit every size of group and a well-stocked bar with a view that's on every photographer's tick list. What's more, we make sure you'll never go hungry. Our catering team are passionate and talented - and as outdoor enthusiasts , they know how important it is to be fuelled for adventure. Everything we cook, pour, serve or sell is locally sourced - to make sure you enjoy the very best in Welsh mountain hospitality.

Amongst a wide range of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, our bar stocks our own range of locally brewed real ales. Specially brewed to sooth tired and aching limbs, Brenin Ales make the ideal end to a perfect day in the outdoors.

Excellent facilities including a well stocked, lively bar

Every day when our guests come down from the hill, back from the crag or in off the water, we serve up freshly baked home-made cakes and hot tea or coffee. Just the thing to keep you going until dinner.

The bar and dining room are is equipped with free wifi, so you can stay in touch, posting photos and comments that will make your friends green with envy.

Run By Outdoor Enthusiasts For Outdoor Enthusiasts

Excellent facilities including a well stocked, lively bar

Plas y Brenin has a unique management structure. Since 1997 the Mountain Training Trust (MTT) has been managed by Plas y Brenin on behalf of Sport England.

The MTT was set up as a registered charity in 1997 by the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Training England and Mountain Training UK with one aim - to provide the best possible outdoor opportunities at the most cost effective price.

These opportunities extend to all mountain enthusiasts hillwalkers, climbers, mountaineers, mountain bikers and paddlers alike. As a visitor to Plas y Brenin you can benefit from the MTT's commitment in many ways. You can enjoy excellent training and assessment courses at the lowest rate possible, use the facilities or hire equipment, hold club meetings, annual dinners or conferences, or attend evening lectures and international symposiums.

You can find out more about the Mountain Training Trust here


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

Latest News


Environment Symposium For Mountain LeadersThe 2017 Plas y Brenin Environment Symposium for Mountain Leaders and Mountaineering Instructors wil....


New Autumn Fast Track Instructor Scheme Option AddedWe've added another option to our Fast Track Instructor Scheme. Until now, the course has always run....


Fast Track Instructor Scheme<br/>Open DaysJoin us for a free information day on May 1st and find out how the Fast Track Instructor Scheme can ....


New Mountain Bike Courses LaunchedCheck out our new range of mountain bike courses designed to help you improve your skills fast.....


Equipment HireOur equipment stores is packed with carefully chosen, well maintained technical gear. Provided we ....

What's On In Our bar?

Our friendly and lively bar is open to the public. From talks and lectures to film nights and live music, there's always something going on. Find out what's coming up next here

Adventure Sport
Summer Camps (Age 12-17)

Summmer Camps For Young People Aged 12-17Young climbers, mountaineers, paddlers and mtb riders aged 12-17. Develop your outdoor skills with our top coaches on one of our residential summer camps.

Enhanced Learning Credits

Enhanced Learning CreditsThe Enhanced Learning Credit Administration Service offers funding for armed forces personnel. Plas y Brenin is able to accept ELCAS funding for a few specific non residential courses.

Weather Forecast, Tides and Surf Conditions

Find out what the weather's doing in North Wales over the next five days.

Review your holiday or course here

Review Your Course
Help us by reviewing your holiday or course here

Adventure Map

Working alongside UCLan
to educate
outdoor professionals

University Of Central LancashireFind out how we are working with one of the country's top universities to develop lasting careers in the outdoors.