There’s so much to do here in Ffestintog & Portmadog!
One of the reasons why North Wales is such a popular holiday destination is the wealth of fun activities on offer.
There’s something for everyone here in the Ffestinog & Portmadog area, so whether you’re travelling as a family, couple or by yourself, you’re bound to find something to get up to. Unlike many other holiday destinations, North Wales is a great place to visit the whole year round. Although the beaches we have here are undoubtedly more pleasant when the sun is shining, the surf is good regardless and the mountains and forests are fantastic to explore whatever the weather.
Beyond sports activities, there are also a number of completely unique attractions here that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world, so why not take a look at what North Wales has to offer before you book your trip?
These activities are mostly suitable for all types of weather, but it’s always best to check with the operators before making a booking first:
Ride the Rails
The biggest draw in the Ffestiniog area has to be the heritage railway which happens to be the oldest of its type in the world. Hop on the train at Ffestiniog then sit back and enjoy a train journey of unparalleled beauty. This scenic train journey takes around 80 minutes to reach its destination at Portmadog, in the meantime you can recline in comfortable seats aboard a piece of history. Each train now comes complete with a Pullman Observation Carriage – perfect for admiring the coastal and mountain views as they pass you by.
Nestled in the heart of Snowdonia; Ffestiniog and Portmadog make for fantastic bird-watching bases. From these two popular tourist towns you can easily make your way to a number of secluded bird-watching sites that fanciers from the world over flock to each year. During the summer it’s best to camp out at these spots overnight so that you can make the most of the early morning sightings, with daylight hours at their longest during June, you can expect to see the most activity during during dusk and dawn.
Anyone familiar with cycling will be likely to agree that the most fun you can have is flying down hill – so why not treat yourself to a whole day of doing just that? Whilst the hills and peaks of the surrounding area can make for a challenging day of cycling, you can book ‘uplifts’ from a local bike firm Antur Stiniog taking out the bother of climbing up to the top of the trails. This company specialise in Down Hill Biking so they can take you to all the best trails and also supply you with the best bikes to fly down them with!
Spend a day at the Beach
I fall of the above sounds like a bit too intensive then why not blow them all of for a day at the beach? Black Rock Sands has been consistently praised for its excellent facilities, clear blue seas and pure white sands. There’s everything you’d need from a beach here: toilets, a shop, drinking water and plenty of parking so you can enjoy a stress-free day at the beach without having to worry about the basics.