view from Beaumaris

My name is Martin Davies:


I am a local historian and experienced tour guide of many years and I have in depth knowledge of the area. I am able to offer individual or group guided tours. I have gained an in-depth understanding into local tourism.

I have created Ardal with an aim to promote our local heritage and places of historical interest, covering parts of Snowdonia & Anglesey and to bring you closer to my part of Wales.

I feel it is necessary to enable visitors to learn of our history when visiting our area. In order to achieve this, it is very important to safeguard and protect what we have, and at the same time hope that visitors have a wonderful and memorable experience.

I have lived here all my life and feel extremely lucky to be living in this beautiful area, surrounded by the mountains and sea with a vast history in its midst.


Tour guiding is in my blood, as my ancestor Moses Williams, acted as a guide to Snowdon for many years. He was one of the first guides who used to take visitors up the mountain on horseback in 19th century. He kept the Halfway house for 28 years, a well-known refreshment house on the road to the summit of Snowdon.

My interest in historical walks started many years ago when I worked as a support worker in the community. I helped people with mental health issues to re gain their confidence by introducing them to outdoor activities and other groups. The outdoor activities included local guided walks. When I was younger, I was also a patrol leader for a local scout group. We often roamed the local countryside and mountains.

I have worked for Anglesey Council as a museum’s assistant, as a historian / tour guide at the old Victorian Gaol & Court in Beaumaris, also worked for Gwynedd Council at the Tourist Information Centre, and as tour guide at the Electric Mountain hydro electric power station in Llanberis. I often work as a tour guide for the National Trust, mainly at Penrhyn Castle. I also support other various history groups and local projects.

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I am also a member of Treftadaeth GWYDION Heritage, a local history group based in the Caernarfon area. We started as a new group in September 2008, based on the old Gwydion group of 2000. My main duties within the group include research, working as a tour guide and providing metal detecting services. You will notice that I have created a link and a page for this history group on this website.