We meet at Llandudno Junction and the holiday commences with a Victorian tram ride up the Great Orme for far reaching views – the Isle of Man if it is clear! We then catch a train along the beautiful Conwy Valley through to the slate covered backdrop that is Blaenau Ffestiniog. We now continue down to Porthmadog by road for our first evening at the Royal Sportsman.
We’ve a relaxed local day in and around Porthmadog to enjoy. Steam, on the Ffestiniog and a visit to the Welsh Highland (Porthmadog) Railway are just two elements in an itinerary that offers a degree of flexibility. We’ll take in picturesque Portmeirion and enjoy a seaside rail journey out to Pwllheli and back - super scenery throughout.
The Welsh Highland Railway runs through the Snowdonian National Park from Caernarfon to Beddgelert and down the Aberglaslyn Pass to Porthmadog and is the most stunning railway route in Wales. Our train ride is supplemented with the opportunity for outstanding photography to further enhance the experiencee. Blessed with nice weather it would be difficult to imagine a more scenic, dramatic or enjoyable day out.
Llanberis is at the heart of Snowdonia and is the focus of a splendid scenic, circular tour. We travel on the mountain roads via Beddgelert and the Llanberis Pass. With clear skies above there are views of Snowdon all day and you’ll love climbing to the summit on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. There’s also steam along the lakeside and heritage at the National Slate Museum.
On our last day we drive through glorious Snowdonia again pausing at the dramatic Swallow Falls on our way to Betws-y-Coed. Here we have time to find some lunch and to enjoy a fun visit to the local railway museum before we head to Llandudno Junction for homeward bound trains.
Located in the middle of Porthmadog, a small town boasting 3 railway stations and 5 railway routes, The Royal Sportsman is ideally positioned for our comprehensive itinerary.
The hotel is small, friendly and great fun because it is so different from anywhere else we stay.
The public areas have been recently, and tastefully, renovated and the food is very good.
No lift incidentally, but there are several ground-floor rooms in the courtyard.