The greenest and most pleasant of our British lands, West Wales is a destination to add to your travel bucket-list. Made up of Pembrokeshire, Cardiganshire (Ceredigion) and Carmarthenshire – which combines vast valleys, breath-taking mountain backdrops and stunning coastlines – this corner of Wales is steeped in history and visitor attractions that will make your stay complete.
Not only are you smack-bang in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park with its unmistakable Black Mountain and scores of soaring red kites on the skyline but you have Tenby, the little town of little fishes, with one of the best beaches in Europe. This, the Garden of Wales, is surely the finest of both worlds.
Right on the west coast you’ll find Pembrokeshire, which boasts the Pembrokeshire Coast Path – a dream for hikers and cyclists – and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
This is the only UK national park established for its coastline and when you see it you’ll understand why! Made up of bays and beautiful sandy beaches like Saundersfoot, the Pembrokeshire coast attracts thousands of visitors each year, and not just of the human variety. Rich in birdlife from plentiful puffins to rare red-billed chough, there have been many sightings of popular marine mammals like seals, whales and dolphins too. This is the perfect place to get at one with nature.
A maritime county with the expanse of the Irish sea at its edge, Cardiganshire’s probably best known for the picturesque sleepy fishing village Cardigan Bay. With everything from a film festival to a fishy food festival to feed your fancies, this should be on your West Wales itinerary. Cardiganshire, which really does have something for everyone, is also home to The National Library of Wales and Devils Bridge Falls – a 90 metre high waterfall located close to three bridges, one of which folklore tells was built by Beelzebub. The Aberystwyth falls offer an exhilarating wildlife walk through the woodland with fantastic views across the luscious green countryside.
Carmarthenshire may be last on our list but it certainly doesn’t offer the least. With curiously contrasting landscapes and spectacular vistas at every turn, make sure you roam Brechfa or Crychan Forest, wander the Celtic Trail, marvel at the mountains in the Brecon Beacons and bathe in the beauty of Cefn Sidan – the longest sandy beach in Wales.
Let Love Cottages take care of your holiday-let needs while you plan your break and look forward to enjoying everything that wonderful West Wales has to offer.