A wide range of trips for groups, and a wide range of reasons for travelling...
With a rail system that links Caernarfon, Beddgelert, Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways can offer a wide range of trips for groups, and a wide range of reasons for travelling.
For coach parties and tours:
Most groups do a one way trip along part of the line, making it an ideal excursion to add into a tour of Snowdonia. For instance, passengers join the train at Caernarfon and enjoy a two hour ride through the national park to our new £1.3 million pound station in Porthmadog while the coach travels along the main road and there is time for a break before collecting the group. Trips from Blaenau to Porthmadog and vice versa are also popular. The scenery on both lines is stunning and changes all the way along as the train twists and turns through the landscape. Light refreshments are served on board and pre-booked catering is available. Spooners' award winning café & bar at Harbour Station also welcomes groups and makes an ideal coffee or lunch stop.
For schools & colleges:
The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the World, founded by an Act of Parliament in May 1823. It was built as a gravity line to bring slate from the quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog down to the newly created harbour town of Porthmadog. There is heritage and history all around, and for those interested in following the story of 'slates to the sea' a joint visit with Llechwedd Slate Caverns is recommended.
Passing through the classic glaciated valley of the Vale of Ffestiniog and across the reclaimed Glaslyn estuary, the area is rich in geography. And in more recent years, the tourist traffic has made a significant impact on the social aspects of the area, bringing in money and creating jobs.
The Welsh Highland Railway has been a huge engineering project rebuilding the line through some of the most sensitive areas of Snowdonia. Working with wildlife agencies such as the Countryside Council for Wales and the RSPB as well as local landowners and government bodies has been an interesting challenge, but now the area is starting to see the financial benefit as tourists use the railway to access the national park.
For Special Interest Groups:
Walking Groups are often glad of a ride home after a day in the countryside, and a cup of coffee, of course! There are many linear walks using the railways and there are many books to help.
Bird Watchers will spot many different species as the train passes through different habitats and a visit to Glaslyn Wildlife next to Pont Croesor station will complete the visit.
Many people book a trip to celebrate a special birthday, anniversary or even their wedding. Tan y Bwlch station café is licensed for civil services and receptions can be arranged too. All such visits have specific requirements and a bespoke service is available.
For very large or special groups, it may be possible to have a charter train of their own. Due to the intensity of our services, this option is not always available and must be organised well in advance. Prices start at around £2000.
For more details and information on fares and how to book, please phone our group travel office on 01766 516024 to obtain more information or download our Group Travel Information Sheet here.