West Wales cottages for a welcome autumn break
Published: Tuesday 27th Aug 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Wales Holidays has excellent cottages and farmhouses to let in all areas of Wales and many self-catering visitors are familiar with our cottages in Pembrokeshire. But come a little way up the coast and you’ll find more pretty coves and sandy beaches, a quiet rural beauty and stunning upland scenery. Find out more about West Wales and search Wales Holidays cottages to rent in the area.
Cardigan, on the Teifi estuary, has a Norman castle which in 1176 became the site of the first National Eisteddfod. Cardigan Bay and Teifi Valley Special Areas of Conservation, Cardigan Island Farm Park, Theatr Mwldan. Newcastle Emlyn has a Norman castle and Teifi Valley Railway.
Three miles downstream, Cenarth is home to the National Coracle Centre, and the Museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry is at Drefach Felindre. New Quay has a picturesque fishing harbour and sandy beach. Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, Watersports & Sea School, marine boat trips, sailing, scuba diving and Dylan Thomas trail.
From elegant Aberaeron boat trips explore Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast; Fish Festival and Llanerchaeron Mansion (NT). Llangrannog is a tiny village and C18th seaport with nearby Urdd Gobaith Cymru for great sports and leisure facilities. Aberporth has two sandy beaches. Felinwynt Rainforest Centre, National Trust beach and C14th church at Mwnt. The small market town of Tregaron lies in the upper Teifi Valley and Cors Caron (Tregaron Bog) is the most intact example of a raised bog landscape in the UK.
Lampeter is the smallest university town in the UK and outside of Oxford and Cambridge, the oldest degree-awarding institution in England and Wales. Llandysul is one of the best spots in Wales for freshwater angling and white-water canoeing. As well as being a holiday resort, Aberystwyth is an administrative centre and historic university town. See the C13th Castle, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Electric Cliff Railway and the world’s largest camera obscura. Borth has a sandy beach and ancient submerged forest.
The only UNESCO Biosphere reserve in Wales is located within the Dyfi National Nature Reserve at Ynyslas and there’s an RSPB reserve at Ynys-hir. Visit the Silver Mountain Experience at Ponterwyd, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre, Devil’s Bridge and Strata Florida Abbey at Pontrhydfendigaid.