Welsh Highland Railway

Welsh Highland RailwayWe are fortunate in having no less than seven steam railways within an hours drive of Gwrach Ynys. The newest of these is the Welsh Highland Railway, opened by Pete Waterman in April this year. It runs from the Ffestiniog Railway terminus in Porthmadog all the way to Caernarfon, skirting the foot of Snowdon, and taking in the villages of Beddgelert, Rhyd Ddu and Waunfawr. A spectacular journey.


Ffestiniog Railway, fifteen minutes away, was the first to reopen to the public in the 50's. An army of volunteers spent ten years grafting during their holidays and weekends to lay the track from Porthmadog to the slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Talyllyn Railway, is also testament to our mining past, as is the Rheidol Railway, further south.




Welsh Highland RailwayProbably the most famous narrow gauge railway in the world is the Snowdon Railway which takes an hour to transport you to a different world, from the valley bottom to the highest summit in England and Wales. http://www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk


We are fortunate in still retaining our rail link with the main line. You could arrive by train at Harlech station, and if we are not available to pick you up, a taxi could bring you to Gwrach Ynys. The coast run to Aberdovey is especially scenic. Arriva Train Wales will have the timetables. During the peak summer months there is a Steam Train service from Machynlleth to Pwllheli once a day.