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Top 10 photographic places to visit in North Wales


Looking for the best photographic places in North Wales to capture that spectacular scenic picture for your Instagram feed?

Our friend and photographer, Thea Bronlund, has shared her top ten favourite shots to help inspire you to get snapping and add some of the region’s most cherished scenery to your gallery on your next trip.

Castell y Gwynt by Eilir Davies Hughes 2

Castell y Gwynt, Snowdonia: This imposing rock tower Castell y Gwynt (Castle of the Winds) is a must if you love a hike or two but not one for the fainthearted. A magical shot by night. by Eilir Davies-Hughes, Instagram: @eilir30

South Stack Anglesey Mark Payne 1

South Stack Anglesey: Located on Holy Island, the cliffs at South Stack attract large colonies of seabirds – one of Anglesey’s must-see landscapes.  By Mark Payne, Instagram:  @_mark.payne_

Castel Dinas Bran Llangollen Matthew Pate @matthew pate 1

Castel Dinas Bran, Llangollen: Built in the thirteenth century and described as the ‘strongest castle in Wales’ photographers will get a great 360 view from this Iron Age fort. By Matthew Pate, Instagram: @matthew_pate 

Aberystwyth Rhodri Jones @rhodri.jones182 1

Ceredigion, Aberystwyth: The setting of atmospheric TV drama Hinterland this lively university town and resort is an ideal base to explore the Wales Coast Path along Cardigan Bay. By Aberystwyth, Rhodri Jones, Instagram: @rhodri.jones182

Aberdaron Coastline Anna Myerscough @annamyerscoughphotography 1

Aberdaron coastline: Land’s end at its most idyllic. This fishing village was the last stop for pilgrims on the way to Ynys Enlli, the ‘Isle of 20,000 Saints’ (Bardsey Island), now a National Nature Reserve renowned for its bird life. By Anna Myerscough, Instagram:@annamyerscoughphotography

Pistyll Rhaeadr Berwyn Mountains Thea Bronlund 1

Pistyll Rhaeadr, Berwyn Mountain Range. A favourite amongst all our guests and just 20mins by car from The West Arms, Thea has captured this timeless photo of the area’s glorious falls, once featured in the Timotei shampoo TV adverts. By Thea Bronlund, Instagram: @theabronlundphotography

Dolbardarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis: This village at the foot of Snowden is a place of myths and legends. Occupying a lonely spot overlooking the waters of Llyn Padarn, this Castle was once a vital link in the defences of the ancient kingdom of Gwynedd. By Tom Wat, Instagram: @tomwatphoto 

Barmouth Beach Janet Bell @janetbellphoto 1

Barmouth beach: Southern Snowdonia’s most popular seaside resort. The town’s beach, Abermaw, offers some breath-taking views of Cardigan Bay and the picturesque harbour. By Janet Bell, Instagram:@janetbellhome 

Chirk Aquaduct Helen Littlenelly @helen littlenelly 1

Chirk Aqueduct: A 70-foot high and 710-foot long navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the Ceiriog Valley near Chirk, on the England-Wales border. A feat of awe-inspiring engineering definitely worth a shot or too. By Helen Taylor, Instagram: @helen_littlenelly

Conwy Castle Claire Ingram @ingram.claire 1

Conwy Castle: This medieval fortress still towers after 700 years. Its restored spiral staircases mean you can walk a complete circuit around the battlements. A recommended shot at dusk if you want to capture one of the most magnificent medieval fortresses in Europe. By Claire Ingram, Instagram:@ingram.claire 

Enjoy the wonders of North Wales with a stay at The West Arms Country Inn and you could be capturing all of these photographic places in North Wales and more.

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