Date 10/06/2019 - 14/06/2019
Welsh Highland Railway & Ffestiniog Railway
A wonderful tour based at the popular, friendly Lion Hotel in the unspoilt resort of Criccieth on the lovely Llyn Peninsula. The town faces due south and has two beaches which are divided by the headland where you find the historic 700 year old castle. You’ll receive a warm Welsh welcome at this family-owned hotel. This great value break includes train rides on the Ffestiniog Railway and the new and magnificent Welsh Highland Railway.
The Ffestiniog Railway is the Oldest Independent Railway Company in the World. You travel by steam through the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The Welsh Highland Railway is a new journey on a line through the mountains that closed in the 1930s. It starts at Caernarfon Castle, snaking around seemingly impossible bends, up
hard gradients and around the foothills of Snowdon to arrive at Rhyd Ddu, high up in the Snowdonian mountains. Trains climb to the summit at Pitts Head before they ‘zigzag’ down the steep hillside
to Beddgelert revealing new and unexpected views of the mountains at every turn. After Beddgelert it heads towards the Aberglaslyn Pass. Trains run beside, then above the fast flowing Afon Glaslyn before plunging dramatically into a tunnel through the hillside, through Pont Croesor and onto Porthmadog. The Welsh Highland Railway is probably the most exciting railway project in the country – providing access to some of the best scenery in the UK – it’s quite simply a must-see!
Monday: A morning departure for a scenic journey via Llandudno to Criccieth. Dinner in hotel.
Tuesday: After breakfast, ride on the famous Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog to Ffestiniog (included in price). Rejoin your coach for a ride to the pretty town of Betws-y-Coed with time at leisure before a scenic journey back. Dinner in hotel.
Wednesday: After breakfast, a morning jaunt in the Snowdonia National Park via Harlech and Barmouth and return through Coed-Y-Brenin Forest Park. Return to Criccieth for an afternoon at leisure. Dinner in hotel.
Thursday: After breakfast head to Porthmadog for a steam train ride on the Welsh Highland Railway, through the Aberglasyn Pass to medieval Caernarfon (with its famous castle). After time at leisure you return by coach through the Llanberis Pass, with magnificent views of Mount Snowdon to your hotel for dinner.
Friday: After breakfast a scenic journey home via Bala and Llangollen arriving at your agreed drop off point late afternoon / early evening.
LION HOTEL, CRICCIETH ***
This WTB 3 star hotel is situated on the village green in Criccieth with magnificent views across Cardigan Bay. All bedrooms are en-suite with radio, television, telephone, hairdryer and tea and coffee- making facilities. Garden, lounge bar, cocktail bar, entertainment area and restaurant. Lift.
NB please note that some rooms at this hotel are located in an adjacent annexe building.
ACCESS: The hotel has some bedrooms especially adapted for disabled guests. Please ask for further details
Supplements per person
No single supplement – limited number
Insurance Premium £35.50
Price is based on shared twin/double accommodation including breakfast, dinner, Ffestiniog Railway journey, Welsh Highland Railway journey, and coach travel.