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Year of Adventure in Carmarthenshire
Don’t just go on holiday this year... choose adventure! Carmarthenshire has the vital ingredients for everything from whirlwind weekend getaways to longer-stay roam-arounds. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for your next challenge, a pair of romantics keen for a cosy hideaway or a family of explorers on a quest for gold mines and shipwrecks, the adventure starts where the M4 ends.
Carmarthenshire is the site of historically adventurous pursuits, from land-speed records made and broken at Pendine Sands to the touchdown of Amelia Earhart, the world’s first woman to fly across the Atlantic, at Burry Port. You too can set a personal record on an adrenalin-pumping adventure. Launch yourself on mountain bike break in atmospheric Brechfa Forest, or try a totally unique sport like power kiting, which harnesses wind power to turn you into a bird - albeit for a few seconds at a time! Our vast sandy beaches are the best in the UK for it.
Add exhilarating coastal adventures to your itinerary, including walking the Wales Coast Path - the only path to circumnavigate the entire coastline of a country - or, for a seaside cycle up paddleboard or sea kayak, taking in our glorious landscape from another angle.
But adventure doesn’t have to mean getting soaked, or even sweaty: taste your way around Carmarthenshire on a food and drink adventure! Learn the art of cheese-making, head on a foragingexpedition and sample new flavours like seaweed gin and sewin (better known as sea trout). It’s a prized catch in these parts - cast off for yourself on a river adventure, before heading to an outdoor barbeque spot for a DIY banquet.
Travelling with kids? Take them on an adventure back in time, reliving the Roman era at the Dolaucothi Gold Mines on an exciting hard hat underground mission. If your offspring revel in the stories of knights and princesses, take them to Kidwelly Castle, where they’ll learn about a real-life Welsh warrioress, and Carreg Cennen, where they (and you) will be spooked out in the underground dungeons.
Our castles are a good starting point for romantic adventures too. Couples escaping the city are spoilt for choice with interesting escapades: race each other along the beach at a gallop on horseback, or go hands-on with pottery-making. Come nightfall, there are fantastic places to explore together, from hidden gem restaurants to far-flung, fairy tale cottages and the "strangest town in Wales", where Dylan Thoma lived.
It’s when the sun goes down that the moonlit adventures begin. Carmarthenshire sits under some of the world’s clearest skies; the Brecon Beacons is a designated International Dark Sky Reserve, so get to know the Milky Way on a stargazing walk or at the National Botanic Garden’s star parties. The Botanic Garden also doubles up as an extraordinary hotel - for a night to remember, sleep in its glasshouse amidst the globe’s most exotic plants and flowers.
These are just a fraction of the unique experiences waiting for you in Carmarthenshire! Start plotting your adventure now...