Bala

Bala (Welsh: Y Bala) is a small picturesque town on the shores of Lake Bala (Welsh: Llyn Tegid) in Gwynedd, North Wales. It lies at the south-eastern edge of the Snowdonia National Park. Excellent national center for white water rafting and canoeing nearby.

Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) and the Aran Mountains

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Bala lies on the main A494 MoldDolgellau road, just a few miles south of its junction with the A5 LondonHolyhead trunk road.

Bala is served by TrawsCymru T3, between Wrexham and Barmouth. Connections with services from South Wales and North-West Wales can be made at Dolgellau.

Bala is not connected to the national rail network. The nearest connections are at Wrexham or Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Bala Lake Railway makes the 9 mile journey to the village of Llanuwchllyn at the southern end of Bala Lake. This follows part of the route of the old RuabonBarmouth line, which was closed in the 1960s.

According to the 2001 census, Bala ranked 11th most Welsh-speaking town in the country, with 80.1% of the town’s population able to speak the language fluently. As with anywhere in Wales, visitors will encounter no problems conversing in English, though a “Bore da” (Good morning) or “Diolch” (thank-you) will always be appreciated.

  • 52.883333-3.6333331 Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid). 3.7-mile-long glacial valley lake (updated Sep 2016)

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