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The small seaside resort of Fairbourne, once known as "Ynys Faig" lies on the coast of Barmouth Bay and to the south of the Mawddach Estuary.
Fairbourne was founded by the flour manufacturer Arthur McDougall. The resort boasts a two mile stretch of golden sandy beach, suitable for surfing, with spectacular views along the coast, which is the recipient of a Blue Flag award. The beach joins the beautiful Mawddach Estuary at its northern end. The beach is fronted by tank traps which date from the Second World War.
Parking areas are provided close to the beach and there are a number of shops, camping and caravan sites as well as a wide range of accommodation available.
The Fairbourne Railway, a 12¼ in (311 mm) gauge miniature railway runs for 2 miles from Fairbourne alongside the beach to the end of a peninsula at Barmouth Ferry where there is a connection with a pedestrian ferry across the Mawddach estuary to the seaside resort of Barmouth.
Fairbourne overlooks the western end of Cader Idris Mountain Range, which offers superb opportunities for walkers.