The Welsh Highland Railway

The Welsh Highland Railway

The Welsh Highland Railway

The Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) or Rheilffordd Eryri, runs 25 miles from Porthmadog to Caernarfon on the north-west coast of Wales, making it the UKs longest heritage railway.

It’s also arguably the most scenic railway in Wales, taking in the Aberglaslyn Pass, Beddgelert, the foot of Snowdon, Llyn Cwellyn, before arriving back on the coast in Caernarfon and it’s majestic castle.

You can travel in comfortable third-class or luxurious Pullman carriages (plus an observation carriage). Each full one-way trip from Porthmadog takes around 2 hours 15 minutes with a stop of around 1 hour 15 minutes in Caernarfon. There are two full return trips per day in peak season and one in off-season (please check their website at for a full timetable).

The line originally ran from Porthmadog to Dinas near Caernarfon, the extension being built on the trackbed of the former standard gauge railway. The trains run on a single track line with passing loops at Pont Croesor (the Glaslyn Osprey viewing centre), Beddgelert, Rhyd Ddu, Waunfawr and Dinas.

There are currently five steam locomotives running on the WHR.

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The Royal Sportsman is a family-run, two AA rosette-winning home-from-home and the only hotel in Porthmadog. It offers modern cuisine and a bar with locally brewed cask ales. The full-service Hotel is located at the quieter end of Porthmadog High Street.
Aberdunant Hall Country Hotel is a 17th-century property set within 200 acres of woodland on an idyllic upmarket static caravan park. With free onsite parking, it retains many original features, such as beamed ceilings, fireplaces and stained glass. Guests can relax in the garden or on the terrace.
Set in a 17th-century building, Bwlch Y Fedwen B&B is located two miles from Porthmadog in the small village of Penmorfa. If offers a sun terrace and free parking.
Built by a visionary architect in 1925, The Portmeirion Hotel & Castell Deudraeth overlooks the beautiful Dywryd Estuary. Located on a private peninsula, the hotel offers a spa and wellness centre, an on-site mini market, a bar and a restaurant.


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