Mount Snowdon Steam Railway Holiday
We are so pleased to have once again secured a summer date for our annual foray into North Wales as we can be certain of getting to the top of the world when we visit the Snowdon Mountain Railway. But, whilst a literal one, that is only one of so many highlight attractions in our itinerary. The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are both world famous and the Great Orme Tramway takes us to another summit. Amid the finest scenery in the land throughout you can be assured of a memorable and rewarding holiday – don’t miss out!
We meet at Llandudno Junction and the holiday commences with a Victorian tram ride up the Great Orme for far reaching views – the Isle of Man if it’s very clear! We then catch a train along the beautiful Conwy Valley through to the slate covered backdrop that is Blaenau Ffestiniog. We now continue down to Porthmadog by road for our first evening at the Royal Sportsman.
We’ve a relaxed local day in and around Porthmadog to enjoy. Steam, on the Ffestiniog and a visit to the Welsh Highland (Porthmadog) Railway are two elements dovetailed into an itinerary that offers a degree of flexibility. We’ll take in picturesque Portmeirion and enjoy a scenic seaside rail journey out to Pwllheli and back – super scenery throughout.
The Welsh Highland Railway runs through the Snowdonian National Park from Caernarfon to Beddgelert and down the Aberglaslyn Pass to Porthmadog and is the most stunning railway route in Britain. Our special arrangements add to a first-class experience with outstanding photographic opportunities on offer as well. Blessed with nice weather it would be difficult to imagine a more scenic, dramatic or enjoyable day out – you are guaranteed a day to remember.
Llanberis is at the heart of Snowdonia and it is here we head as part of a splendid scenic, circular tour. We travel on the mountain roads via Beddgelert and the stunning Llanberis Pass. With clear skies above there are views of Snowdon all day and our holiday would not be complete without ascending to the summit on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. There’s steam along the lakeside, heritage at the National Slate Museum – a stunning day out.
Our last day and we’ve saved a super finale for you. We leave Porthmadog by steam train aboard the Ffestiniog Railway for the full-length, exceptionally lovely, journey up to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Back up the Conwy Valley now as far as Betws-y-Coed and a fun visit to the local railway museum precedes a transfer to Llandudno Junction for homeward bound trains.
The Royal Sportsman, Porthmadog
Located in the middle of Porthmadog, a small town in Snowdonia boasting 3 railway stations and 5 railway routes, The Royal Sportsman is ideally positioned for our comprehensive itinerary. The hotel is small, family run, friendly and great fun because it is so different from anywhere else we stay – don’t expect “posh” but do expect quality. No lift incidentally, but there are a number of ground floor rooms.