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A coastal village overlooking Barmouth Bay and surrounded by Snowdonia

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The view across the estuary to Barmouth

Found on the southern side of the Mawddach Estuary, Fairbourne is a beautiful seaside resort which boasts a stunning Blue Flag beach.

At two miles long, Fairbourne’s sandy beach is perfect for a stroll next to the sea, and dogs are also welcome on the beach outside of the summer months. Backed by a steep pebble ridge, there are excellent views to be enjoyed all around, not only of the sea but also towards mountains and woodlands. A small passenger ferry also departs from the beach regularly, enabling you to travel across the estuary to the lively town of Barmouth. Traces of World War II can also be seen on the beach in the form of ‘Dragon’s Teeth’, small pyramid-shaped concrete structures designed to stop the movement of tanks.

The Blue Lake (credit: Sam Swanson)

Another of Fairbourne’s main attractions is the Fairbourne Steam Railway, a narrow-gauge steam railway which runs for two miles from the village and alongside the beach to where the Barmouth ferry departs. This historic railway has been transporting holidaymakers to various points throughout the village for more than a hundred years. Just outside of Fairbourne you will discover one of Snowdonia’s hidden gems, the Blue Lake. The Blue Lake enjoys incredibly bright waters and is found in the unusual setting of high up within the old Goleuwern Slate Quarry. Getting there involves a steep climb up an uneven track, yet the views are well worth it.

Across the estuary, the seaside resort of Barmouth is also well worth visiting for a day out in the area. It can be easily reached not only by ferry but also by train. Barmouth has a beautiful sandy beach of its own to explore, as well as a pretty harbour lined with boats. Its old town escalates up the side of a mountain, with steep steps climbing up past traditional slate cottages. There is also plenty of choice here when it comes to restaurants, cafes, shops, pubs and amusements.

“Fairbourne’s sandy beach is perfect for a stroll next to the sea…”

Being just a small resort, Fairbourne enjoys a handful of places to eat, though a much wider choice can be found nearby over in Barmouth. Within Fairbourne itself you will find Indiana Cuisine, an authentic Indian restaurant, and the Fairbourne Chippy, offering a traditional bite to eat by the sea. Next door to the arcade you will also find the Penrhyn Bar and Grill, serving tasty pub grub.

If you’re planning to base your next holiday in this wonderful part of Wales, browse our full collection of Fairbourne cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Fairbourne Railway

A classic miniature steam railway which travels alongside the sandy beach

Fairbourne Beach

A two-mile-long stretch of sand backed by a pebble ridge

Blue Lake

A dazzlingly blue lake set within a former slate quarry

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