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.
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 Ruabon – Barmouth 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.
- 1 Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid). 3.7-mile-long glacial valley lake
(updated Sep 2016)