Picturesque Landscape Photo Locations in North Wales

North Wales is a country of stunning contrasts, from the towering craggy heights of the mountains to the endless golden sands that ring its shoreline. Whatever your taste in landscape you’re sure to be able to find a spot to suit.


Porthmadog is an ideal place to base yourself if you are looking to tour North Wales and see the best landscapes for many miles. For accommodation Porthmadog has lots of offer, including our very own cosy chambers. It is the meeting point of sea and sky, mountains and marsh which offers huge potential to the keen photographer. Here are six of our favourite places to visit.

The Cob

Opened in 1811 The Cob is a man-made embankment that carries the Blaenau Ffestiniog railway into the heart of Porthmadog. From the right angle you can contrast the power of steam with the might of the mountains towering over the town itself.

Criccieth Castle

Just down the road (or the railway) lies the seaside village of Criccieth with its castle towering above. Indeed some of  the best views can be had from the railway line as it rounds the bay, allowing you to plan your shots as you pull into the station.

Llyn Padarn and The Lonely Tree

Jump on the Snowdon Sherpa (or take your car) and you can go right round the perimeter of Snowdon. Jump off in Llanberis and find The Lonely Tree. From the right angle it appears to be entirely alone and makes for a some amazing shots of Llanberis Pass.


Carry on on the Snowdon Sherpa and you will be taken up to Pen-y-Pass from which many an ascent of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) is undertaken. Walk along some of the paths radiating out and you will be spoilt for choice, from tumbling streams to views of the peak itself.

Porthdinllaen, Morfa Nefyn

It’s best to drive to the northern side of the Llyn Peninsula, although there is a bus from Pwllheli which is reachable by train. Walk out onto the headland by the RNLI station to get some spectacular coastal views, including Anglesey in the distance or the pretty cottages by the waterline.

Slate in Blaenau Ffestiniog

Let the train take you through stunning wild scenery to emerge in an industrial landscape that offers plenty of potential. You don’t even need to leave the town to take impressive views of the might of man pitted against the resilience of the Earth.

With all these options, you’re sure to find plenty to photograph – but which will your favourite spot be?

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