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Pendine

If you’re a rev head and interested in the fastest men in the world, then the Carmarthenshire village of Pendine, situated on Carmarthen Bay, is your preferred destination, for it was here that five world land speed records were set in the 1920s on the Pendine Sands by the legendary Sir Malcolm Campbell and J.G. […]

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Newcastle Emlyn

If you expect to speak English in Newcastle Emlyn, you’d better start off by calling it by its Welsh name of Castell Newydd Emlyn, because over ninety percent of the people who were born in the town speak the national language and wouldn’t know what town you’re talking about with its English name. The west […]

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Llanelli

Home to the Welsh National Eisteddfod on five occasions, the town of Llanelli is situated on the Bury estuary between Swansea and Carmarthen, which are about 12 miles away each. Despite its claim to fame with the Eisteddfods, it is possibly better known as being the home of the Llanelli Scarlets Rugby team, with their […]

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Llandovery

Close to heart of Welsh nationalism is the market town of Llandovery and its 1110 castle, the site of the execution by hanging, drawing and quartering of national hero Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan, to whom a 16-foot high monument now stands in the castle grounds. Situated on the Tywi River in Carmarthenshire, Llandovery Castle had […]

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Llandeilo

Steeped in both Welsh and Roman history, Llandeilo gains its name from well known sixth century Celtic saint, Saint Teilo. Meaning a religious enclosure, the Welsh word ‘llan’ when combined with the saint’s name translates the ‘church of Saint Teilo’. Around at the same time as Wales’ patron saint, St David, St Teilo built his […]

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Kidwelly

Known across the world to all Monty Python fans, Kidwelly Castle in Kidwelly, south Wales featured as the opening shot in the iconic Monty Python and the Holy Grail (although later more detailed filming was done in Scotland’s Doune Castle). Renowned as one of Wales’ greatest castles, it dates from 1106 and is only one […]

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Carmarthen

Once Wales’ largest town before the Industrial Revolution, the Tywi Valley town of Carmarthen is a living history of Wales, with Welsh folk tales citing it as the birthplace of King Arthur’s mentor, the magician Merlin, the town’s Welsh name – Caerfyrddin – even translates as “Merlin’s Fort”. Steeped in Welsh folklore and tradition, the […]

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Ammanford

If it’s medieval structures you’re looking for, then Ammanford in South Western Wales is the place for you to visit. Thirteenth century Carreg Cennen in Ammanford itself is the place to start, with the castles of Dryslwyn and Dinefwr in the nearby villages of Dryslywn and Llandeilo all giving a living history of this Carmarthenshire […]

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Burry Port

Although plagued by high unemployment due to the closure in the 1980s of its power station and the surrounding mines at Cwm Mawr, at the end of the north easterly running coal and limestone laden Gwendraeth Valley, lies the seaside town of Burry Port. Boasting a marina for small leisure boats, and a small but […]

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