Make railway tracks into the heart of Snowdonia

When you’re driving it’s all too easy to miss beautiful scenery. Take a narrow gauge train and you can enjoy it all at a much lazier pace.
The Welsh Highland Railway lets you do just this. It runs 25 miles from Caernarfon to Porthmadog through the breathtaking scenery of Snowdonia. Whilst passing by the beautiful village of Beddgelert and through the Aberglaslyn Pass, passengers can sit back and relax and take in foaming rivers and falls, rocky peaks and buzzards circling high above moors.
Buy a return ticket to Rhyd Ddu to hike up to the summit of Snowdon (make sure you give yourself plenty of time!) or stop a while in Beddgelert to enjoy a gentle river walk and a bite to eat in one of the many hostelries this pretty village has to offer.
From Porthmadog Harbour station you can travel on another narrow gauge railway to Ffestiniog. 200 years of history makes a trip on the Ffestinog railway a unique experience. The world’s oldest narrow gauge railway travels 13 ½ miles between Porthmadog and the slate mine village of Ffestiniog and gives you the chance to experience the “golden age of railway travel” in one of the original carriages more than 150 years old.
These trains run from the coast along narrow tracks which climb up and cling to the sides of mountains 700ft above sea level. They travel through the unmistakeable Welsh landscape, passing by shimmering lakes, through fields and woodland toward Ffestiniog. Taking trip on either of these historic railways is a fantastic way to enjoy the diverse and dramatic scenery of North Wales – and won’t cost you a penny in fuel!
The latest fares and timetables can be found at the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railway website.

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