Llan Ffestiniog, known locally as Llan and sometimes shown as Ffestiniog on maps, is a close neighbour of larger and better known Blaenau Ffestiniog. Akin to the terraces of South Wales, rows of dark stoned houses give the village a robust appearance.
The village stands amongst some dramatic scenery; to the east there is the broad open, moorland wilderness of the Migneint, whilst to the south and west, Llan Ffestiniog stands atop the glorious Vale of Ffestiniog, a deep sheltered valley of thick woodland and green river meadows.
From the village’s old railway station, a path runs parallel to the railway down into the wooded valley of the River Cynfal, leading to the picturesque Cynfal Falls, (Rhaeadr Cynfal). The rock above the falls is known as Huw Llwyds pulpit, named after a 17th century wizard and bard. The river tumbles further down into the alpine-style valley, to join the River Dwyryd and more romantic scenery. Further up the river there are other waterfalls, including Rhaeadr Y Cwm, with a 120ft drop.
Its lofty situation, atop the lovely Vale of Ffestiniog, makes Llan Ffestiniog a good base for a quiet relaxing break, whilst being centrally located for excursions further afield.