Things to do on holiday from our Gites in Brittany
Kergudon and our gites in Brittany are a tranquil and peaceful place to enjoy a relaxing holiday in Brittany however, being in the centre of beautiful Bretton countryside, it is also possible to enjoy a more physical and active break. In fact, whatever activity you enjoy we are likely to be able to cater.
A full range of activities can be found on this page including:
- Mountain Biking & Cycling
- Horse Riding
- Fitness & Personal Training
- and many more
LAC DU DRENNEC
One of the most tranquil and beautiful places in the whole of Finistère; the Lac Du Drennec is a fresh water reservoir which was built in 1980. Only 2Km from Kergudon Gîtes, Lac Du Drennec offers a wide range of activities. A 7.5Km foot path around the lake is well maintained and easy under foot with several car parks and picnic spots. Dogs can swim in the Lac Du Drennec everywhere except from the two white sand beaches. The Larger of the two beaches at Stamandec is idyllic with outdoor table tennis, children’s playground and a wonderful grassy bank from which to take in the stunning views. The Bistro ‘Au Lac’ serves excellent food and refreshments bur requires reservations for dinner (please check opening times).
Located in the heart of Brittany’s 425,000 acre Armorique National Park, established in 1969 as the second park in France and still the only one in Brittany. Kergudon is surrounded by natural beauty and ideal territory for walking, hiking and rambling holidays in Brittany.
The park includes four distinct areas of differing ecologies. Kergudon Gîtes & Chambres d’Hôtes is located in the Monts d’Arrée region which includes the highest point of Brittany at Roc’h Ruz. Nearby, the 5 meter lower, Montagne St-Michel gives a fantastic view of the Monts d’Arrée and the Black Mountains to the south. While forested around the gîtes, the area becomes barren heathland pierced by rocky scarps as you gain height.
St. Cadou is at the center of a number of walks that can be started from your French country cottage and we can provide routes ranging from a few miles to a full day making it a great location for your walking holiday in Brittany. Organised walks and activities are also provided by Addes in Botmeur.
Other regions within the natural park can be reached quickly by car which opens up walks in different surroundings. The Crozon peninsular to the west affords cliff top or coastal walks with interesting coves and inlets to explore.
Additional circular routes can be recommended a short distance from the Kergudon gîtes including the fascinating rock formations, forest, river and lake of Huelgoat.
The Boot Room at Kergudon offers guests the facility to borrow welly boots, dry and store wet clothes and store boots overnight.
France is a cycle-mad nation focused on the annual Tour De France. While this doesn’t pass through Brittany every year, the annual Paris – Brest – Paris race in August passes through our closest market town of Sizun (8 mins drive away, varies by bike) on the final stage before arriving in Brest and again the first stage departing from the city.
If you want to follow in the professionals tyre tracks, or simply travel away from the gîtes but have not brought a bike, Kergudon has a number of cycles available for guests to borrow free of charge so that you can still enjoy a cycling holiday in Brittany. (Kergudon does not supply cycle helmets)
More details about mountain biking (VTT) in the Mons d’Arrée can be found Mountain Biking on holiday in Brittay.
Anyone travelling out can take advantage of the picnics that we offer, either in a wicker basket for the drivers or a back pack for the cyclists.
Lac du Drennec has been listed as a premier classification for trout fishing as is the river in Huelgoat whose lake is known especially for carp and perch. Whether your preference is for fly, coarse, salmon or sea fishing there is something available for you nearby and we would be delighted to advise and arrange. We partner with Philippe Dolivet (Brittany Fly Fishing) who is a renowned fishing guide and instructor who can arrange lakeside, boat based or off-shore fishing for novices or the more experienced.
There are over 850Km of sign posted bridle paths in Finistère covering the varied landscapes and areas.
There is a wide choice of horse riding and trekking centres within a short drive of the gîtes depending on your experience and the region you would like to ride through.
Ferme Equestre Randoloisirs, Kerinizan, 29450 Sizun Tel: 02 98 68 89 98
Centre Equestre d’Arrée, Garzuel, 29190 Brasparts Tel: 02 98 81 47 34
Personal fitness is available at Kergudon gîtes. Click Fitness and Personal Training in Finistere for more information.
Driving itself becomes a pleasure again on Finistère well maintained and near-deserted roads. Anyone looking for a beautiful driving holiday in Brittany need look no further than Finistère. There are many great driving routes for classic car and sports car enthusiasts alike who can be recommended taking in stunning rural or coastal views – or both – for a few hours or a full day. Kergudon Gîtes & Chambres d’Hôtes is an excellent base for your driving holiday in Brittany and we have ample off street parking for classic cars and our gîtes are suited perfectly for a group booking so that you can all tour in convoy!
GASTRONOMY – EATING OUT FROM OUR GITES IN BRITTANY
While Kergudon offers all the facilities you would expect in a high quality self-catering cottage, as well as a number of other options where we can cater for you, there are many traditional Breton crêperies and restaurants that offer a wide choice of dining options.
- Restaurant Au Lac – Just off the beach on the Lac Du Drennec, the lake restaurant offers stunning sunset views and has wonderful food.
- Auberge Du Menez – In the next village of St Rivoal, this restaurant serves excellent local and traditional Breton cuisine with a modern twis and is thoroughly recommended.
In Sizun (8 mins drive) there are a number of eateries to choose from including the traditional and excellent Restaurant Les Voyageurs, Milin Kerroc’h Restaurant, and Restaurant Crêperie de l’Argoat.
Only a short 20 minute drive away you will find a wonderful selection of restaurants in the beautiful towns of Landerneau and Morlaix.
Slightly further south in the beautiful town of Ile Tudy is the excellent L’Estran, for something fun and different Brest offers the quirky Crabe Marteau and for a local gastronomic experience the Hostelerie Des Enclos is simply excellent. Finistere boasts several Michelin Star establishments in Quimper, Roscoff, Brest and Saint Pol De Leon. For more information check out the Michelin Guide Finistère Brittany.
We were always delighted to make some recommendations and reservations for you.
There are many wonderful towns and villages to go shopping in Finistère. Strolling up and down the beautiful streets of Landerneau and the historic streets of Morlaix, you will find special treats. For larger shopping towns you can take the family to Brest or Quimper, both within easy driving distance from Kergudon Gîtes.
Hunting is hugely popular in Brittany and is available for tourists. Details of permit requirements can be found here: Hunting Permit Details in Brittany The forests of the Monts d’Arrée and immediately around Saint-Cadou are excellent hunting grounds for deer, pigeon, grouse and the prized wild boar.
FRENCH MARKETS AND LOCAL BRITTANY PRODUCTS
Kergudon is ideally located in the centre of a circle that takes 20 minutes to reach several local markets. The Sunday morning market at Daoulas is excellent for all fresh produce. Chateaulin on the Nantes Brest canal every Thursday morning and many more.
A full list of Finistère markets can be found here: French markets in Brittany.
Sizun has a small market in the town square every Wednesday morning just 7 minutes away by car.
BEACHES EASILY REACHED FROM OUR GITES IN BRITTANY
Finistère has approximately 300 miles of coastline which varies from fabulous golden sand beaches to rocky inlets and outcrops between the English Channel to the north and the Atlantic coast to the west and south.
Kergudon gîtes are close to a number of beaches, the closest of which, within 35 minutes, are the golden sand beaches on the Crozon peninsular such as our favourite, Plage de l’Aber, or those in the town of Crozon itself including Plage de Morgat. To the north are the fabulous beaches of Les Brignogan-Plages or Plage les Amiets while south are the resorts of Bénodet and Beg Meil, all within an hour. A number of these have activities for children and adults alike including sailboat and windsurf hire, toilet and shower facilities and restaurants or bars to grab a snack. A holiday to Brittany wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the stunning coastline one day!
For those who prefer exploring rocky inlets and rockpools the area around Daoulas (20 mins) offers a variety of walks and sites to explore in the large sheltered waters of the Rade de Brest. Or, a little further to the north are the fabulous Les Abers which brings the Atlantic into the north of Finistère.
Much closer to home, approximately a 2 minute drive away, is the beautiful man-made fresh water Lac du Drennec with 2 artificial golden sand beaches. These afford safe lake swimming without the risk of currents, tides or a mouthful of salty water!
DOG FRIENDLY BEACHES IN BRITTANY
During the summer months Dogs are not permitted on beaches throughout France. Luckily in Finistère we have several dog friendly beaches so guests on holiday can enjoy a day at the beach in Brittany. We can always give you advice on where to go with your dogs in Brittany. Details of dog friendly beaches in Finistère are Dog Friendly beaches in Finistere Brittany France. We have two dog friendly holiday cottages at Kergudon, for more details have a look at our accommodation details here: Brittany Holiday Cottages
Remember that when travelling with your dog on holiday, there are certain requirements. Check what you need to travel with your dog here: Taking Dogs on Holiday to Brittany France
In Finistère, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to water fun and leisure parks with nine different places to choose from especially around Brest (40 minutes) and Quimper (40 Minutes). We all know that travelling with kids can be stressful at times, but toddlers and older children will have equal fun at the Oceanopolis Aquarium Brest aquarium and sea life centre in Brest. If your kids are prepared to explore and push the boundaries, take them to Les Pars d’Aventure ‘Forêt Adrénaline’, inland near Carhaix, where they will learn to jump between trees among other activities. If the weather gets bad with rainy patches, you can always visit some of the famous biscuiteries Brittany in Quimper or Bénodet in south Finistère usually with a tour and a tasting!
For more family and children’s activities, you can find more information here: Family things to do on holiday in Brittany.
Centre Nautique de l’Aree is located on the shores of the Lac Du Drennec only 2km from Kergudon Gîtes. The nautical centre offers canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding and much more. Visit the Nautical Centre Finistere for more information, prices and opening times.
Jet skiing and other water sports are available in Brest which is 40 minutes’ drive from Kergudon. Locamarine Watersports offer a wide choice of activities and you can find further details Jet Ski in Brittany.
SAILING IN MORLAIX
There are several companies that offer private sailing and sailing lessons from Morlaix which is 30 minutes by car from Kergudon Gîtes. Sailing lessons and excursions can be booked directly by visiting the Morlaix Tourism office of using the contact details Sailing in Morlaix Brittany
GARDENS AND CHATEAUX
Brittany is filled with beautiful gardens and properties to explore. On the north coast just outside Roscoff (40 minutes) are the excellent Jardin Exotique & Botanique. Details of other gardens and Chateaux including the splendid Abbey Daoulas and Chateau Kerjean can be found here: Chateau Kerjean Brittany. Further south in Pont l’Abbey (45 minutes) you’ll find the stunning Parc Botanique Cornouaille. There are many other gardens and historic places to visit so we are always happy to make suggestions and recommendations to make your holiday in Finistère as wonderful as possible.
Closer to home in Saint-Cadou is the 3 acre garden at Guidellou Open Gardens with beautiful views over the village and Lac Du Drennec, the owners are extremely knowledgeable.
We know that, for those with golf as their hobby, even when on holiday in Brittany it is difficult not to seek out the nearest course and sometimes something gets left out of the car to make sure the clubs fit …
If this applies to you there are a number of courses where you can satisfy your need within a short drive of the gîtes, both 9 hole and full 18 hole courses as well as driving ranges including Golfs d’Armorique only a 15 minute drive away.
We would be happy to advice.
If all you want is a stroll around one of the many interesting towns of Finistère the following are just a few of those we would recommend and are all within easy reach (driving times are given in brackets). Additional information, as well as other destinations, can be provided to guests.
Sizun (8 mins) – small market town with all usual facilities including an excellent tabac/cafe (Cafe Du Centre), restaurants, supermarché, boulangeries and an attractive church
Huelgoat (15 mins) –beautiful market town famous for its fishing lake and walks among forests and granite boulders accessible directly from the town
Landivisiau and Landerneau (20 mins) – interesting and bustling towns with large hypermarkets and extensive shopping facilities
Morlaix (20-25 mins) – ancient and attractive market town of cobbled streets and half-timbered houses. Very popular with visitors for its boutique shopping and craft shops it also has a range of banks and supermarchés. Famed for its impressive viaduct passing over the town it is the gateway to the “pink granite” coast
Brest (35 mins) – the regional center of Western Brittany is home to the French Navy’s Atlantic fleet but also has extensive shopping, bowling, an ice rink and Oceanopolis, Europe’s largest aquarium. Almost completely rebuilt after the destruction of the Second World war the city hosts an international Maritime Festival every 4 years in July (the next being this year), and in August is the mid-point of the 1200km cycle endurance event Paris – Brest – Paris (which passes through the center of Sizun on stages 7 (to Brest) and 8 (from Brest)
Chateaulin (20 mins) – situated on the banks of the River Aulne, a beautiful town much loved by visitors and famous for its salmon and trout fishing
Chateauneuf du Faou (30 mins) – sited on the banks of Nantes-Brest Canal on the outskirts of the Montagnes Noires, the stunningly pretty town is known for its salmon fishing and has a wide variety of restaurants and shops
Crozon Peninsula (40 mins) – home to stunning beaches and delightful seaside settlements such as Camaret and Morgat
Quimper (45 mins) – the capital of Finistère has a very Breton feel. Roman in its origins it is sited where the rivers Odet and Steir meet and therefore has a number of bridges joining the sides of the town. Excellent shopping, wonderful bars, cafes and restaurants, a medieval cathedral and much more make this city an excellent day out. The medieval town of Locronan is nearby
Concarneau (45 mins) – much loved tourist center and famous fishing port. The fortified town (Ville Close) is a lovely place to wander and take in the sights of the medieval narrow streets