Carmarthenshire Driving Tours
Explore some of the best roads and scenery in the UK
Wide open spaces, gardens, ancient castles, wildlife and lots of sand! Carmarthenshire is the largest county in Southern Wales stretching from Carmarthen Bay in the south to the mountainous landscapes of the Western Brecon Beacons and Cambrian Mountains in the north. In between: 80 miles of long sandy beaches, wondrous gardens, awe-inspiring castles and market towns brimming with local produce and chic shopping - all this and just 70 minutes from the Severn Bridge along the M4 motorway.
It doesn’t really matter what kind of adventure you are after as Carmarthenshire has it all: breathtaking landscapes of the Brecon Beacons National Park, picturesque rivers including Europe’s top sea trout river, the Tywi. Walk the dramatic Carmarthen Bay Coast Path, or cycle the Raven Trail in Brechfa Forest, one of the best mountain bike trails in the UK.
Day trips include going to the Botanic Garden of Wales with the world’s largest single span glasshouse, Pembrey Country Park and its 8 mile long award winning beach, Britain’s newest National Hunt race course, Ffos Las, Dinefwr Park with their 1,000 year old breed of white park cattle and the National Wetland Centre Wales where you get to feed flamingos.
Delve into the past and visit the only known Roman goldmine in Britain. We don’t have cities but our bustling towns are full of craft centres and independent retailers selling their wares. Take time to discover our delightful corner of South West Wales and we are sure your next holiday destination will be Carmarthenshire.
Castles and Gardens
Explore the mystique of Carmarthenshire’s impressive castles and the beauty of some of the most glorious gardens in the UK. The famously beautiful countryside and coast of Carmarthenshire have been highly prized through history and fiercely fought for.
Carmarthenshire’s rich and fertile land has helped to create some outstandingly beautiful gardens. Nowhere else in the country can you visit two gardens of such contrasting age and style in such a short distance.
Carmarthenshire has castles, lots of them! We have mountain top castles, valley castles and even coastal castles, whatever you want castle-wise we have it.
Beaches and Coastline
Carmarthenshire boasts two of the best beaches in the UK - Cefn Sidan, Pembrey and Pendine. They are vast expanses of shimmering dune backed sands where crowds never exist. Cefn Sidan, Wales’ longest Blue Flag holding beach, is a convex scarf of golden sands wrapped around the pine forest fringed Pembrey Peninsula that encompasses the popular treasure trove of attractions at Pembrey Country Park.
Pendine, further along the coast, is just as remarkable. It is motorway straight, flat and hard which attracted the world land speed merchants of yesteryear. A museum overlooking the beach records those giddy days and it is still possible to drive and park on the beach.
Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne
Between these two vast beaches there are abundant coves, quaint villages and ancient castle walls which are testimony that this coastal stretch was as inspiring to the Romans and the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas as it is to today’s holidaymakers. There are stunning walks and cycle trails with breathtaking views all along the coastline and the sunsets over Carmarthen Bay are an artist’s dream.