Wales – A Destination Worth Writing About

Ffestiniog Travel is very proud of its Welsh roots and maintains a close connection to the country and works closely with its sister companies, the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railways. A percentage of profits from all our rail holidays support the continued preservation of these two heritage railways. As part of our escorted tour portfolio we visit Wales every year taking a group of tourists on a ‘Grand’ Welsh tour and many rail enthusiasts join our ‘Connoisseur’ tours looking behind the scenes of some of the little railway gems of Wales.

Tuesday afternoon trip on the Shropshire Union Canal, with high tea served on board. Right to left are John B, Maggie, Allan, Tour Guide Dan, Susie, David, Catherine, John, Jim - © Vince Chadwick
Our boat is bi-directional, with a rudder and a propellor at both ends so it can travel in either direction with equal ease - © Vince Chadwick
The upper section passing loop of the Great Orme Tramway - © Vince Chadwick
National Slate Museum. Here Quarry Hunslet 'Elidir', the locomotive that will later haul our train on the Llanberis Lake Railway, is prepared for her day's work - © Vince Chadwick
Snowdon Mountain Railway. The diesel train continues down the line, showing it's modern 74 seater coach - © Vince Chadwick
Porthmadog, Hunslets Linda and Blanche were preparing to leave for Dinas via the Welsh Highland Railway to support a narrow gauge festival being held there - © Vince Chadwick
Entering the tunnels at the Aberglaslyn Pass on the Welsh Highland Railway - © Vince Chadwick

We welcome and encourage customer feedback on all our tours and we were particularly delighted by Vince Chadwick’s extensive photo blog of our recent Wales, Canals, Steam and Heritage tour in September 2015.

His images and words bring to life a tour that was designed to capture the transport and cultural heritage of Wales. Vince begins his travel blog with:

There have been several rail, tram, and canal experiences in North Wales that have long been on my 'to do' list, and some I've done but were so good I have wanted to repeat them. When I discovered this Ffestiniog Travel holiday it ticked so many of those boxes that I decided it had to be done.

And it ends with the words:

What an enjoyable couple of weeks! The highlight? There were many, but probably steam up Snowdon on a lovely day is the one that stands out. I really must do something like this again next year.

You can read and view his photo blog in full.

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