The Mach Loop

Welcome to Dolgellau, a picturesque town nestled in the heart of Eryri National Park, surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, rivers, and forests.

The Mach Loop is a spectacular attraction near Dolgellau

One of the most spectacular attractions in this area is the Mach Loop, a low-level military training area located just a short distance away from Penybryn Cottage, your ideal self-catering accommodation for an unforgettable experience.

The Mach Loop is a famous military training area used by various air forces around the world, including the Royal Air Force, the United States Air Force, and other NATO allies. It is a series of valleys and mountains that provide a challenging terrain for pilots to train their low-level flying skills, in particular for fighter aircraft. As such, it is one of the best places to witness the sheer power and agility of military aircraft up close. Penybryn offers self-catering accommodation and is within walking distance of the very best places to view these aircraft.

The Mach Loop
Aircraft through the Mach Loop with Penybryn cottage in the background

Accommodation near The Mach Loop

If you are looking for self-catering accommodation near the Mach Loop, Penybryn Cottage is private and detached and has easy access to one of the best viewing spots for the Mach Loop – the Cad West viewing area.

From the Cad West viewpoint you can witness the aircraft as they fly past at breakneck speeds, weaving their way through the valleys and mountains with precision and skill. The noise of the aircraft is deafening, and the sight of them flying so close to the ground is awe-inspiring. Don’t forget to bring a picnic with you as there are no shops close to the viewing points.

The Mach Loop is an experience you’ll never forget

The Mach Loop is not just a sight to behold; it is also an experience you will never forget. The adrenaline rush from seeing the aircraft fly past at such close range is truly unforgettable. You can even bring your own binoculars and cameras to capture the moment and take home memories that will last a lifetime. Gwerfyl and Mark are the owners of Penybryn and will provide you with all the information you need, including how to walk there.

Places to stay near the Mach Loop
Penybryn is detached and private and we now also have a cabin for two.

6 reasons to stay at Penybryn when visiting the Mach Loop

  • Self-catering near Mach Loop
  • Mach Loop viewing points
  • Low-level flying in Eryri / Snowdonia
  • Mach Loop aircraft spotting
  • “Cad West viewing area
  • Military aircraft in Wales
  • Large and mature garden to watch the jets fly past

The best self-catering near the Mach Loop

After a day of watching the aircraft fly past, Penybryn Cottage offers the perfect place to relax and unwind. Our self-catering accommodation is fully equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable bedrooms, inglenook fireplace and a spacious garden room perfect for jet-watching. You can enjoy a home-cooked meal in the comfort of the cottage or walk to the nearest pub at Cross Foxes, or even down into town which is less than 3 miles, and get a taxi back. We’d be happy to recommend places to eat and drink based on your preferences.

You can find us at Penybryn Cottage, Hafod y Meirch, Tabor, Dolgellau, LL402RD. For bookings and enquiries on-line, please visit our contact page.

Not just the Mach Loop but lots of adventures on our doorstep

In addition to the Mach Loop, Dolgellau is home to a wide range of outdoor activities, from hiking and mountain biking to water sports and fishing. Eryri National Park is one of the most beautiful areas of natural beauty in the UK, with stunning landscapes and breathtaking scenery that you won’t find anywhere else.

Our accommodation is not only right on the Mach Loop flight path but is also adjacent to a Sustrans cycle route. The route takes you right past the Mach Loop on very quiet back roads. For those seeking a longer ride, the cycle route can loop around through Tywyn and back down the Mawddach Trail to Dolgellau.

So if you are looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, the Mach Loop is a must-visit attraction, and Penybryn Self Catering Cottage is the perfect place to stay. Our self-catering accommodation provides the perfect base for exploring the area and witnessing the sheer power and agility of military aircraft up close. Book your stay now and experience the best that Eryri National Park has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you to an unforgettable experience!

Here’s a list of aircraft that regularly use the Mach Loop for low-level flight training

  • Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon
  • RAF Tornado GR4
  • RAF Hawk T1 and T2
  • RAF Chinook
  • United States Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagle
  • USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II
  • USAF C-130 Hercules
  • NATO E-3A Sentry
  • Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Tornado
  • French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) Mirage 2000
  • Spanish Air Force F-18 Hornet

It’s important to note that this list is not exhaustive and we can’t be held responsible for inaccuracies or changes in use. Other aircraft may also use the Mach Loop for training. The exact types and frequency of aircraft that use the area can vary depending on various factors such as military exercises, operational requirements, and weather conditions.