Some ideas on things to do close to our holiday cottages near Huelgoat
Here are a few ideas on things to do that are are within a half an hour drive from our cottages. Some are even on our doorstep - you can't ask for more than that!
Relax in the garden or go for a stroll
The cottages are south facing and get the sun all day. The terrace is a real sun-trap but don't worry, we have parasols and there are some large trees to provide shade if you get too hot!
If you fancy a shorter stroll, it only takes a few minutes to walk down to the river. On a summers day it is great to cool down in the shallow water or just take in the view from bridge keeping an eye out for kingfishers or the odd coypu.
We have complimentary mountain bikes available for our guests to use. One of our more energetic guests road the Circuit des Passerelles trail. If you are thinking of going a little further afield via a bike be warned, some of our local hills are steeper than the seem from a car! Another guest road to Plouye, only 2 km away but at the top of one of our bigger hills. They earned their drink at our local bar that day!
Hang around Huelgoat
The main square is surrounded by a good choice of cafes, creperies, bars and restaurants. There is a friendly tourist information office where English is spoken. A small market is held here Thursday mornings.
There is a cinema, Artus Ciné,. If a film is marked VO it means that it is in the original language with French sub-titles which is handy to know
Don't miss the beautiful gardens at Les arbes du monde au Huelgoat at the top of the town. For local produce visit the Miellerie de Huelgoat just next to the Chaos (of rocks) by the bridge for anything to do with honey and also Les 4 Saisons for jam from the Monts d'Arrée, plus lots other goodies from Brittany.
Track down some Roman history in Carhaix
Oh, and there is a great hand-made chocolate shop just the down the road from the Office de Tourisme!.
The trail heads east from the central market square in Carhaix towards Mael-Carhaix. It is signposted and you will find numbered panels at each stop which explain the history in French and usefully English.
It can be a bit of a challenge to follow it but surely getting lost is half of the fun isn't it? One part of the canal at Le Moustoir still carries water - they built things to last in those days!
Explore the Parc D'Armorique and the Monts d'Arree
The 30 minute drive crosses the dramatic heather clad moors of the Monts d'Arree at the heart of the Parc d'Amorique. A car park lies three quarters of the way up the "mountain". There is a steep challenging footpath which takes you directly to the chapel from this point, or a little further back from the car park, an easier path that slowly inclines to the same point. You can see for miles on a clear day, over towards Morlaix on the north coast and, in the other direction the Reservoir St Michel which supplies water to the surrounding area.
Make sure you stop at the Ferme des Artisans at the foot of the Mont St-Michel on the D785, the road to Brasparts, to pick up some local art or produce. You can even park there and walk up the hill to the chapel if you are feeling energetic or down to the bog or Yeun Elez.
There are lots of marked trails if you fancy going for a hike. The landscape is so open on the moors it is difficult to get lost, unless of course it is foggy.
Marvel at Megaliths
Allée couverte de Ti ar Boudiged or the 'House of the Fairies' is actually in the small town of Brennilis. It is one of the few remaining alley graves that is still covered by earth, as they all originally were. As you can see from the photo you can get inside and appreciate the amazing architecture up close, a real privilege and treat.
In Brennnilis you will also find the Maison de la Reserve Naturelle et des Castors. This houses an exhibition on the Venec peat bog, the only place in Brittany where wild beavers can be found.
It is also worth popping into Commana itself to have a wander around the impressive Parish Close. There is a cafe and patisserie if you fancy a spot of lunch.
I hope this has given you some ideas on ways to spend a relaxing holiday at Ty Hir. The simplest pleasure for us though is pottering around doing some gardening in the sunshine but we don't expect our guests to do that - a bit of watering of the container plants in summer is not unappreciated though!