Daffyd the welsh dragon from criccieth castle

Meet Daffyd the Friendly Welsh Dragon


Meet Dafydd!!! He is a very friendly and very cheeky Welsh Dragon!

We took pity on Daffydd when he roared at the cottage door one day.

He didn’t want to live at Criccieth Castle anymore. He had been living there to protect it since 1230’s- nearly 800 years. He has been lonely since it was attacked and burnt down in 1404.

Visitors at Criccieth Castle are scared of Dafydd and run away, all he wants is some fun and company! He has been lonely for far too long.

Can you help Daffydd the Welsh Dragon to have some fun?


He would love to share your days out, take a photo of him on your day trips, walks, beach trips and other adventures and tag us on facebook and Instagram. We would like to compile a photo album of Dafydd’s adventures!

If you need inspiration there is lots of information in the guest folder!

For each time we are tagged you will receive one entry into our quarterly prize draw!

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Here’s a brief overview of the origins of the Welsh dragon:

  1. Mythological Origins: The red dragon has deep roots in Welsh mythology. It is often associated with the ancient tales of the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh legends and myths. In one of these stories, the red dragon symbolizes the native people of Wales, while the white dragon represents the invading Saxons. The dragons engage in a fierce battle, and the red dragon eventually prevails, symbolizing the triumph of the Welsh over their enemies.

  2. Historical Origins: The red dragon was later adopted as a symbol of Wales and its people. One of the earliest recorded uses of the Welsh dragon as a national emblem dates back to the 9th century. It appeared on the battle standard of King Cadwaladr ap Cadfan, a historic Welsh king.

  3. Incorporation into the National Flag: The Welsh dragon became more widely recognized when it was incorporated into the national flag of Wales, known as the “Red Dragon Flag” or “Y Ddraig Goch.” The exact timing of this incorporation is not well-documented, but it is believed to have become more prominent during the Tudor period in the 15th and 16th centuries.

  4. Modern Symbolism: Today, the Welsh dragon is a prominent symbol of Welsh identity and pride. It can be seen on the Welsh national flag, sports team logos, and various other emblems representing Wales. The dragon continues to hold cultural and historical significance for the people of Wales.

      The Welsh dragon is a powerful and enduring symbol that reflects the rich history, mythology, and national identity of Wales, and it remains an iconic          emblem of Welsh heritage to this day

There is a walk that you can complete jut outside of Beddlegert that refers to the history of the red welsh dragon.

See the link below to the National Trust website.



welsh dragon legend

The Legend of Dinas Emrys:

In ancient times, the area now known as Dinas Emrys in Gwynedd, Wales, was the setting for a legendary tale. The story centers around the struggle of King Vortigern, a historical figure who lived during the early medieval period in Britain.

The Unstable Castle:

King Vortigern sought to build a mighty fortress at Dinas Emrys to protect his kingdom. However, every time his workers tried to construct the castle walls, they mysteriously collapsed overnight. This perplexing problem frustrated the king, and he sought the counsel of his advisors and magicians, hoping to find a solution.

The Boy with No Father:

The advisors informed King Vortigern that the only way to resolve the issue was to find a young boy who had no natural father and sacrifice him. They believed that the blood of such a boy would magically stabilize the foundations of the castle. Vortigern’s men were dispatched to find such a child.

Myrddin Emrys (Merlin) and the Dragons:

After an exhaustive search, Vortigern’s men found a young boy named Myrddin Emrys (who would later become known as Merlin). Myrddin revealed that the problem with the castle was not due to his blood but rather to a deeper, supernatural cause. He explained that beneath Dinas Emrys lay a pool with two hidden dragons, one red and one white, engaged in a continuous and destructive battle.

The Symbolic Battle:

Myrddin explained the symbolism of the two dragons. The red dragon represented the native Welsh people, while the white dragon symbolized the invading Saxons. Their struggle beneath the hill was causing the disturbances that prevented the construction of the castle.

The Triumph of the Red Dragon:

Myrddin predicted that the red dragon would eventually defeat the white dragon, symbolizing the eventual victory of the Welsh over the Saxons. He urged King Vortigern to abandon his plans for the castle at Dinas Emrys and to honor the natural forces at work there.

The Legacy:

The story of Dinas Emrys and the two battling dragons became a powerful symbol of Welsh identity. It is said that Myrddin Emrys’s prophecy came true, as the red dragon, representing the Welsh, ultimately triumphed over the white dragon. This legend is believed to be one of the inspirations for the red dragon’s inclusion on the national flag of Wales, where it proudly symbolizes the resilience and heritage of the Welsh people.

For more information on Criccieth Castle 



In Criccieth( North West Wales )
🏡 beautiful grade ll listed cottage
🏰 view
🏖2 minutes from the beach (one in each direction)
🐶🐾 friendly-2 free of charge
🚗 EV charger
✅ Wifi
🛌 sleeps 8 plus cot in 4 bedrooms (1 king downstairs)
Sleeps 10 if hired with studio
🛁 2 bathrooms (1 downstairs)
⛲ enclosed garden
🅿 private parking
🏔 easy access to snowdonia
🍽🍕🥪🛒 short walk to high street with shops , pubs and takeaways

We also have a self contained studio with its own outdoor area which sleep 2.