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Narrow Guage Steam Railways in Snowdonia, Ffestiniog Railway is just 20 minutes drive away

Narrow Gauge Steam Railways in Snowdonia

Our log cabin holiday accommodation is located close to many of the narrow gauge steam railways in Snowdonia. The trains offer a great day out for both families looking to do something different and enthusiasts that want to take in the beauty and history of the engines.

Ffestiniog Railway

 Ffestiniog Railway is about 20 mins by car from our holiday village. It runs between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog and if you prefer, you can travel just half way and walk around Llyn Mair or feed the ducks from the picnic area. The railway has various events throughout the year including Interactive days, Food on the move, Vintage days, Jazz Trains, Halloween and Santa Trains, and also offers Footplate rides.
Photo Credit: Bob Bloodworth.

Welsh Highland Railway

The Welsh Highland Railway now runs between Porthmadog and Caernarfon meaning passengers can now combine the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway journeys and travel from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Caernarfon - some 40 miles of narrow-gauge steam. If you are just taking this train, then from Porthmadog (20 minutes drive from our village) it crosses the Glaslyn Estuary flatlands to Pont Croesor, home to the RSPB's Glaslyn Osprey Project, then after passing Hafod y Llyn it goes through the famous Aberglaslyn Pass to Beddglert. From here you pass Pitts Head Summit and Rhydd Du before heading to Caernarfon Castle.

The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway is also in Porthmadog has various events throughout the year including Halloween and Santa Trains.

Fairbourne & Bala Lake Railways

Fairbourne Railway is just 30 minutes by car and runs along the coast from Fairbourne to the Barmouth Ferry station. It has Friendly Fairbourne Engine days for the kids, ride a lifeboat day, Darjeeling Himalayan Day and Santa Trains.

Bala Lake Railway is 35 minutes away and runs along the eastern shore of Bala Lake with a café at the Llanuwchllyn end. At Christmas Santa pays them a visit.

Talyllyn Railway

Talyllyn Railway runs from Tywyn to Nant Gwernol. From the holiday village it's best to pick up the train at Abergynolwyn (40 minutes by car) and ride down to the coast to spend the day on the beach at Tywyn. Events include a vintage Rally weekend, children's Duncan Days, Victorian days, Race the train day, a Murder Mystery Train, and various Christmas Trains. This BBC film from Weatherman Walking shows some of the trains & walks around Abergynolwyn.

Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway leaves from Llanberis (1 hour to drive) and takes you to the "Rooftop of Wales" with its recently opened Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre, Hafod Eryri. The centre has stunning views, refreshments and mountain interpretation. Pre-booking is highly recommended as it is very popular.

Also in Llanberis is the Llanberis Lake Railway, which runs along the shores of Lake Padarn and also has various events during the year including a teddy Bears Picnic and Santa trains.

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