Scenic North Wales Escorted Tour

Tour highlights

  • Take the train to the top of Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain
  • Visit the architectural delight of Portmeirion
  • Travel back in time with a horse drawn canal trip
  • See puffins, kittiwakes, seals and more on a boat trip to Puffin Island
  • Enjoy the Welsh landscape on contrasting train journeys up mountains and along lakes
  • Explore Caernarfon Castle

Days 1 - 3: Ffestiniog Railway

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Day 1 - Arrive at Coed-Y-Llwyn Club Campsite

Settle into the campsite and meet your tour hosts and fellow members.

Day 2 - Ffestiniog Railway

Start your discovery of the beautiful scenery of North Wales with a trip on the Ffestiniog Railway. As you travel on the train between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog you’re passing through the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the ‘Slate Landscape of North Wales’. The train makes its way from sea level up into the mountains passing forests, lakes and waterfalls as the views open up as you climb higher around the side of the mountain.

Day 3 - Free day to enjoy at your leisure

Days 4 - 6: Portmeirion and Betws-y-Coed

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Day 4 - Portmeirion

The village of Portmeirion was the creation of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who wanted to enhance the landscape when building the village and the result is a picturesque village situated on the Welsh coastline that oozes beauty and invites you in. Travel to the village by coach where you’re free to explore at your own pace as you discover the amazing buildings that have been incorporated into the village from around the world.

Day 5 - Free day to enjoy at your leisure

Day 6 - Horse drawn canal trip and Betws-y-Coed

Today takes you on a scenic drive through Eryri (aka Snowdonia) National Park to the town of Llangollen. Step back in time to a more sedate pace of life as you enjoy a horse drawn boat trip on the Shropshire Union Canal from Llangollen wharf.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you gently glide along the canal with only the sound of hooves accompanying you as you appreciate the natural horsepower. Then it's back into the National Park with a stop in the village of Betws-y-Coed, set at the foot of the Snowdonia mountains. Wander through the village and perhaps enjoy a bite to eat before returning to the campsite.

Days 7 - 9: Anglesey and Mount Snowdon

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Day 7 - Cross the Menai Strait to Anglesey

Make your way to Penrhos Club Campsite today and across the famous Menai Strait which separates Anglesey from the rest of Wales.

Day 8 - Llanberis and Mount Snowdon

Hop back across the Menai Strait this morning to the town of Llanberis. Situated at the foot of Mount Snowdon the town is a gateway for walkers and hikers as they seek to climb to the top of the mountain. Thankfully though you can let the ‘train take the strain’ as you enjoy a journey on the Snowdon Mountain Railway that winds its way up the mountain all the way to the summit, giving you the opportunity to stand on the top of Wales and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside.

Once you return to Llanberis, enjoying the mountain views on the way back down, you have another train journey awaiting you. The terrain is just a little flatter this time as you travel on the Llanberis Lake Railway, an historic steam railway that travels along the shores of Lake Padarn, offering views of the lake, Snowdon and the slate covered mountains.

Day 9 - Free day to enjoy at your leisure

Why not explore Anglesey today. The Isle offers picturesque beaches, stunning sea views and sea birds, plus woodlands that are home to red squirrels.

Days 10 - 11: Puffin Island and Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens

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Day 10 - Puffin Island and Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens

It's a contrasting day on land and sea today. Start the day with a (weather dependent) boat trip to the beautiful Puffin Island that sits at the entrance of the Menai Strait. Home to a range of seabirds including Kittiwakes and Puffins plus resident grey seals, a trip to the island offers plenty to enjoy and with your visit coinciding with the seabirds breeding season you’ll be sure to see plenty of activity on the islands cliffs as you take in the scenery and the wildlife.

You’re back on land for the afternoon as you visit the Hidden Gardens of Plas Cadnant. Situated on the private 200 acres of Plas Cadnant estate there are 3 gardens to enjoy. From the curved walls of the walled garden and the more natural woodland garden to the secret valley garden, which is home to 3 waterfalls and a river which flows through it, there is plenty to enjoy and admire.

Day 11 - Free day to enjoy at your leisure

Days 12 - 13: Caernarfon

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Day 12 - Caernarfon

Today takes you to the town of Caernarfon on the coast of mainland wales. Formed around the castle of the same name, the town offers a combination of history and view across the River Seiont and the Menai Strait. Enjoy some time to wander around the town as well as visiting the castle itself. With over 700 years of history, Caernarfon Castle dates back to the Medieval period and is regarded as one of the finest castles in Wales. Towering over the streets outside its walls, the scale and grandeur of the castle is something to behold.

Day 13 - Depart campsite

After an enjoyable time in North Wales, it's time to say goodbye today.

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Image taken by Grant Cargill at North Ledaig Club campsite

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