My American friend moved here after living in California and Hawaii, and after 26 years locals still ask him; “Why on Earth did you choose Carmarthenshire”? We moved from South Wales to West Wales for the same reasons; Landscape, beaches, culture, dark night skies, and friendly people. It can be rainy, but that is why it’s so green, unspoilt, and not inundated with Tourists. And now others are begining to see what we have seen all this time - Carmarthenshire is now rated by the Sunday Times Travel experts as one of the Top 20 Holiday destinations in the World.
It’s a Peninsular and it has some of the best award winning beaches in the world. Pembrokeshire alone has 200 miles of Coastal footpath and over 100 beaches; In 2004, Barafundle Bay was listed as one of the top 12 beaches in the world, and the Good Holiday Guide said that it was the 'best beach in Britain'. In 2006 Country Life magazine quoted Barafundle Bay as the best place in the UK for a picnic. Carmarthenshire boasts the longest beaches in Wales; Pendine Sands being 7 miles long, and Pembrey Beach 8 miles long, and they are both sandy all the way.
Where in Wales are there so many Castles? There are over 100 stonework and earthwork castles on this peninsular.Some of the most impressive are along the Landsker Line in Pembrokeshire that stretches from St David in the West, to Amroth in the South; and along the River Towy in Carmarthenshire, from Carmarthen Bay to Llandeilo in the East.
Where in Wales is there such diverse Landscape, with hills and valleys, lakes and rivers, coastline and cliffs? It’s so green and the air is fresh - a feast for all the senses. For lovers of beauty in nature; Pembrokeshire is Britain’s only Coastal National Park, and Carmarthenshire is known as the Garden of Wales, so when on Holiday follow these links to go where the locals go:
The Judges Library is the best placed holiday cottage in Wales for its proximity to public transport. Carmarthen is the hub for West Wales buses and trains.Direct trains to London and Manchester are frequent; they originate at the Ferry ports of Pembroke Dock and Fishguard, making connections to Ireland. The Mega Bus is still the cheapest way to travel between London and Carmarthen.
Where in Wales is there so much History? Step back 5000 years to stand in the exact place from which the Stonehenge inner circle stones were quarried in the Preseli Hills Pembrokeshire. Drive back along the A40 North of Whitland, just as Romans did almost 2000 years ago; it’s not yet known whether they made it to the West coast. Step back 1500 years and walk around Carmarthen town; imagining the footsteps of Merlin the Wizard, Carmarthen’s most famous son. Stay at The Judges Library which is just inside the 800 year Carmarthen old town wall.
Explorers can find places to watch: Puffins, Seals, and Dolphins. Adventurers can go:walking, cycling, coasteering, surfing, kayaking, pony trekking, and cliff diving. Sensation seekers might prefer: music festivals, food festivals, coastal foraging. And there are plenty of Wildlife parks, activity centres, boat rides, fishing and Island trips. And for browsers there are good quality boutique shops and antique markets.
Where in Wales can you find such great Restaurants? Cows being milked for soft Welsh ice cream, Lobster fisherman at Porthgain, cockle pickers at Ferryside, Sheep grazing the Pendine salt marshes and the Preseli hillsides, and market gardeners growing organic veg at Ritek Valley – Locally sourced food in abundance, and its lush! From the vantage point of Writing Shed Wales you are not far from all the best Pembrokeshire restaurants. Dining out is made easy when you stay at The Judges Library, as eating out in Carmarthen Town is now a highlight of West Wales life.
Romance thrives in beauty and peace. Where in Wales can you find such beauty, and tranquillity? Wales is known as ‘the land of song’; it could so easily be known as the land of ‘harmony’; that’s why poets and artists love it here.
With a love of art and craft they are building HolidayNests; Jackie a Therapist and Lindsay an Architect and author of The Secret of Home, have completed their first two places to stay; The Judges Library & Writing Shed Wales - Created for couples to find space for themselves and for each other.