20th November 2018 by

Posted in Carmarthenshire

A beginners guide to Carmarthenshire

Visiting Carmarthen

Carmarthenshire is a beautiful, historic county of mountains, countryside and coast. It’s largest towns are Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford and it is a breathtaking stomping ground for forest lovers, hiking enthusiasts, beach babies and history buffs alike.

Laugharne
Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse, a beautiful estaury and a thriving arts scene, it captures the hearts of all who go there. The Laugharne Weekend is small festival with a big reputation and you’ll probably need to book tickets as it is usually a sell-out event.

Llandeilo and Llandovery
These quaint towns are situated on the River Tywy, nestled under the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park, making them good places for walkers and more serious hikers to use as a base.

Mountain biking
Mountain bike enthusiasts from all over come to Carmarthenshire to experience top class mountain biking.
Mountain Bike Wales at Brechfa forest offers something for everyone, from relaxing meandering paths to thrilling and challenging routes (check out the black graded Raven Trail if you think you can handle it!).
A Cycling host bike events thoughout the year: Cross Mountain is held in the town of Llandovery. Riders head into the Brecon Beacons with amazing views of Pen y Fan and Bannau Sir Gaer mountains. They also host Battle on the Beach, held in Pembrey Country Park, through Pembrey Forest and Cefyn Sidan Beach.

Millennium Coast Path
13 miles of pedestrian walkway and cycleway along the picturesque south coast of Carmarthenshire.

Marros Riding Centre
Treks and indoor horse riding for beginner and experienced riders.

National Botanic Garden of Wales
Breathtaking botanical gardens with 350 acres of land, a tropical butterfly house, seasonal features, a huge glasshouse with endless beautiful plants and a cafe.

Castles
You’re spoilt for choice for castles in Carmarthenshire. Carreg Cennen, Stradey Castle, Kidwelly Castle, Llanstefan Castle, Laugharne Castle…the list goes on. Wherever it is you’re staying, there’ll be one not far away. Each castle has its own history and personality.
As with castles in Carmarthenshire, there are so many beautiful beaches to choose from in the county. Explore your local or take a pick from one of our personal favourites: Pembrey, Llansteffan, Pendine, Burry Port, Llanelli and Loughor estuary beach.

Activity Centres
Morfa Bay is an outdoor activity centre for all ages, with a wide variety of activities, team building days and muddy fun for all!
Wakeboarding at GoWake in Llanelli, welcomes families, groups and individuals. You can also try Stand Up Paddleboarding, Kayaking or hire a Pedalo.
GoApe is a climbing and adventure park at Pembrey Park.

Sport
Rugby fans should be sure to check out Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli, the home of Scarlets Rugby. Catch a game or take a heritage tour around the grounds, changing rooms, ice baths and treasured memorabilia.
So there you go, a beginners guide to Carmarthenshire. We hope you enjoy your adventure!