Top 10 Instagrammable views along the Cambrian Railway Line

  • Saturday May 16th, 2020
1024 678 Cambrian Railway Partnership

One of the many reasons people visit Wales is for the views – they really are some of the most beautiful in the world. But visitors to the region don’t just want to drink it all in, they want to immortalise the moment, too.

Enter Instagram. Instagram is now the world’s second most popular social media platform, and its user-friendly interface is a great way to edit and share your adventures with the world.

A trip on the Cambrian Railway will reward with endless content for your Instagram feed, from historic buildings and culinary creations, to gorgeous coastlines and pretty villages. The whole region is a feast for the eyes and keen photographers will relish the opportunity to capture special moments and broaden the portfolio.

We had a tough time narrowing the top ten opportunities for unique, Insta-perfect shots, but here they are…

1. Portmeirion

Built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the early 20th century, Portmeirion is an enchanting Italian-style village on the Welsh coast that wouldn’t look out of place in the Med. It’s beautifully preserved, with its design integrity prevailing throughout the whole village – beauty in every corner.

The village is resplendent with pastel-tinted buildings and blooming ornamental gardens. It’s a snapper’s paradise and if you’re lacking in lifestyle shots for to make your website pop, this is the place for inspiration.

2. Barmouth Bridge

The Cambrian Railway runs close to the Mawddach Estuary, where there is a long timber viaduct known as Barmouth Bridge. The ‘bridge’ itself makes for a great photo, but in both directions, the views are spectacular!

Walkers can enjoy a sweeping view of the estuary against a mountainous backdrop. Cyclists should note that this path is also a highlight of Lôn Las Cymru, the National Cycle Network route from Cardiff to Holyhead.

3. Dyfi Estuary


View this post on Instagram


Evening light over the Dyfi Estuary, looking from Penhelig, Aberdyfi, Wales,UK. #aberdyfi #penhelig #dyfiestuary #aberdovey

A post shared by Josh Cooper (@joshcooperlandscapes) on

Located in mid-Wales, the Dyfi estuary is a recognised UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of the diversity of its heritage and wildlife.

The estuary includes vast mudflats, sandbanks and saltmarsh that provide important feeding and roosting areas for wetland birds including the only regular wintering population of Greenland white-fronted geese in Wales and England. It feels so peaceful for such a vast area, so we’d definitely recommend taking some time to experiment.

4. Beaches

Miles and miles of gorgeous coastline are a real pull for visitors to the area and there are many to choose from! On the southern lip of the Mawddach estuary, the two-mile sandy beach at Fairbourne is backed a steep bank of pebbles and framed with soft white sand.

Fairbourne is a great spot to bring the kids to when the tide is out; there are loads of rock pools and a small river to paddle in. Head south to the flooded slate quarry known as the Blue Lake, which is a popular swimming spot and also makes for a great photo.

5. Barmouth beach front


View this post on Instagram


I could potter for hours on a lonely beach Picking pebbles to roll in my hand, Wondering where will the next wave reach, Writing my name in the sand. . ~Eric Finney 🐚 . . I do love the seaside (probably even more so on days where it’s not too sunny, and there’s a bit of mist). It’s a shame therefore that I live as far away as you possibly can from the sea anywhere in Britain, although perhaps that makes me appreciate it more when I do get there! I really fell in love with Barmouth at the weekend, misty green mountains right by the sea and brightly painted houses peeping through the sand dunes, it’s definitely gone onto my list of favourites. Where is your favourite beach? . . #barmouth #thebeautyinsummer #explorewales #beachlife

A post shared by Rachel (@foxglove_and_ivy) on

Pretty Barmouth is a real tourist trap, but don’t let that put you off – it’s not without reason! There’s so much space on its vast sandy beach it never feels crowded because it’s almost five miles long. It’s perfect if you’re going for a walk, and the quaint harbour offers great photo opportunities and views of the expansive Mawddach Estuary.

6. Beach huts Llanbedrog

Best known for its colourful beach huts, this glorious stretch of sand has been enjoyed for generations. It has sheltered waters and fantastic views over Cardigan Bay with adjacent wooded and craggy landscape just out of sight.

The beach huts add a really tropical touch to the area and if you’re posting lots on Instagram whilst you’re visiting, a photo of these cute huts will break up some more imposing images of somewhat austere masonry, and let’s face it, the occasional grey sky!

7. Snowdonia

An arduous climb of Snowdon is met with the unmatched reward of an outstanding vista from its glorious summit that you absolutely must take a photo of, but if you’re not quite up for the task, any view of this treasured mountain range is Instagram-worthy.

If you’re brave enough, try posing like this photo at Tryfan mountain!

8. Watersports


View this post on Instagram


#aberadventures #kayaking #borth #wales #sea #ocean #adventure #summer

A post shared by (@aberadventures) on

Adrenaline sports and outdoor pursuits are enjoying a revolution in Wales right now and there are loads of opportunities to try something new on your visit to the Cambrian Coast. Of course, you’ll want to mark the occasion with an Instagram post! With some of the best conditions for watersports in North Wales, the coastline is a Mecca for newbies and pros alike.

Abersoch Beach is undoubtedly one of the most famous in Wales and watersports fans are well-catered for here. The beach is wide, level and sandy, so it’s enjoyable even if you prefer to stay on land.

9. Talyllyn Railway


View this post on Instagram


12 months, 12 days, 12 photos: Day 12, August 2019 – Concluding this little compilation of photos from the past year (August – August) is narrow gauge steam in Wales. Talyllyn Railway No. 3 ‘Sir Hayden’ pilots No. 4 ‘Sir Edward Thomas’ last Rhydyronen campsite with a Race the Train special taking some runners to Dolgoch. (17/8/19) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #besttrainpics #nextstoprailway #pixphotos_ #ukrenthusiasts #gbtrains #trains_gb #pocketrail #railways_of_our_world #train_nerds #uktrains #ukrail #trains #ukrailway #tpeuk #trains_worldwide #railenthusiast #railfan #trains_gb #greatbritishrailways #britishrailways #ukrailscene #actrains🚂 #railway_photos_uk #UKrailwaypics #railscopeuk #uktrainimages #trainsbyliam #steamraillove #photography #nikon #talyllyn

A post shared by Tom Houseman ( aged 16 ) (@railwayphotographyuk) on

The Talyllyn Railway in Tywyn is the world’s first preserved railway and is widely referred to as ‘The Railway with a Heart of Gold’.

Much of the information about the railway is concerned with the engineering and history, but often overlooked is the spectacular scenery. Within sight of Cadair Idris, one of the highest mountains in the UK, the hour-long journey meanders through ancient woodlands and meadows. Wildlife photographers will enjoy looking out for red kites, redstarts, peregrine falcons and linnets, among other feathered residents.

If you want to stretch your legs, explore the surrounding area. Tywyn is a great starting point for exploring the southern reaches of the region. The ruins of 13th century castle Castell y Bere is haunting and atmospheric if you want more drama in your shots versus the chocolate box scenery of the village itself.

10. Castles

If you are interested in history, North Wales has more castles than you can shake a lens at! Among our favourites are Powis Castle and Gardens, near Welshpool, and medieval Criccieth Castle, which perches precariously above the sea.

Castles make for magnificent Instagram shots, not least because they communicate how terribly cultured we are, but because of their impressive architecture! However many times they’re snapped, it’s always possible to find a new and interesting angle among the centuries-old stones.

Plan your journey across the Cambrian Coast’s historic wonders aboard the Cambrian Coast Line for a stress-free and easily-navigated adventure. Book your tickets here.