Groups 5 days from £399
Everyone loves Beddgelert and its enviable location in Snowdonia mountain scenery. The pretty stone built riverside village is one of many stop off points for the recently reopened Welsh Highland Railway. Llanberis is packed with enough attractions to keep visitors busy for weeks. It has a lakeside location at the foot of Snowdon and the starting point for two narrow gauge trains – Snowdon Mountain Railway and Llanberis Lake Railway. The National Slate Museum recalls the areas rich industrial heritage whilst Electric Mountain is an awesome high-tech underground power station. All around is stunning scenery, rushing rivers, ancient monuments, mighty castles and much more.
■ Dinner, bed & breakfast
■ Hotel accommodation
■ All rooms ensuite
■ Private coach travel
■ Services of an experienced tour driver throughout your stay
■ Excursions from your resort*
■ Free optional insurance
The Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway
Take a 13½ mile journey on the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway which runs between Porthmadog and the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it.
Opened in 1865, the Talyllyn Railway is the oldest preserved railway in the World. The Preservation Society took over the railway in 1951 after the death of the owner Sir Haydn Jones. The heritage steam engines transport passengers from Tywyn, the coastal town on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. The journey itself crosses more than seven miles of spectacular scenery within sight of Britain’s highest mountains, Cadair Idris. The journey takes 55 minutes up the line from Tywyn through ancient woodlands and meadows of the Fathew Valley. En route keep your eyes peeled for Red Kites, Cormorants, Barn Owl, Redstart, Peregrine Falcons, Wheatear, Linnet and Little Owl. The cosy covered and open carriages provide the best of comfort and views as you travel up the line. On arrival there is the Quarryman’s Caban serving homemade treats and a gift shop.
The Welsh Highland Railway
A 25 mile journey between Porthmadog and Caernarfon on the United Kingdom’s longest heritage railway. Enjoy the scenery from the comfortable carriages as the train “chuffs” through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass towards Beddgelert and then past the foot of Snowdon.
Set on the edge of the picturesque village of Beddgelert. A family run hotel with personal, attentive service with an informal environment in a charming setting. The Grill Bar is available for daytime meals. A varied programme of entertainment is provided most evenings. The traditional en-suite bedrooms have TV, radio clock, telephone, trouser press, hairdryer, newspaper and hospitality tray.
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