Our guide to self-catering holidays in Carmarthenshire
A rich green landscape filled with holiday possibilities, it’s no surprise that Carmarthenshire is known as the ‘Garden of Wales’. But it could quite easily be known for its wonderfully varied terrain of mountains, forests, valleys and beaches too. Whatever you want to call it, Carmarthenshire is without a doubt an incredible holiday destination in Wales.
However you want to holiday, you can find an amazing array of holiday cottages in Carmarthenshire. Coastal properties, high-altitude hideaways, dog friendly escapes, fantastic farmhouses and more, there are plenty of ways to experience holiday perfection in Carmarthenshire. No stranger to visitors, there’s a wealth of history to explore when on a break in Carmarthenshire, but the landscape is so vast, you can wander amongst its most stunning sights and not meet another soul. So however you want to enjoy your cottage in Carmarthenshire, a relaxing time is assured!
Things to do in Carmarthenshire
The perfect place to make history on holiday, cottages in Carmarthenshire allow you to explore loads of amazing gems from the past. Treat yourself to a visit to Carreg Cennen Castle. Located in a spectacularly scenic part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, settings are rarely as romantic and breathtaking as the backdrop to this medieval masterpiece. Kidwelly and Llansteffan are equally worthy of your well-earned holiday time and Dinefwr Castle and Park is perfect for a wander amongst the beautiful wild flora. See if you can spot wild deer too!
Even if the weather disappoints you can still enjoy tropical climes on your Carmarthenshire holiday. The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a must-visit. Voted the number 1 ‘Wonder of Wales’ amongst its many other accomplishments, you can explore the world’s largest single-spanned glasshouse in an inviting Mediterranean climate. With art, science and seasonal events, it’s the perfect attraction whatever the weather.
Whether you’re on a romantic retreat, family adventure or away with a large group of friends and family, there’s enough to enjoy in Carmarthenshire to tailor your own amazing adventure. The greatest attractions in Carmarthenshire make perfect use of the gorgeous surroundings. Visit the Llanelli Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) National Wetland Centre and you can enjoy a canoe ride in the summer months and spot hundreds of beautiful bird species in an amazing setting all year round.
Wilder times await at Pendine Sands. Alongside one of Britain’s best beaches, you can pay a visit to Morfa Bay Adventure. Go abseiling, caving, body boarding, gorge walking and more. Throw axes and enjoy archery; raft, bike or enjoy a completely unique exploration of the beautiful surroundings. The beautiful Four Waterfalls walk allows a more relaxing experience of the Carmarthenshire countryside. Taking in Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr and Sgwd-yr-Eira, the walk is a brisk five and a half miles, but most will find the route easier to do than pronounce.
For a more relaxing, highbrow slice of holiday visit Laugharne. This lovely town on the south coast is where poet Dylan Thomas spent the last years of his life. Many of the poet’s works were infused with his surroundings, so it is entirely possible to take a walk through some of his greatest hits! Take the Poem in November walk and follow in his footsteps. Also known as ‘The Birthday Walk’, Thomas took a two mile trek around the town on his 30th birthday and captured his thoughts in prose. Visit the museum in his former residence at the Boathouse before enjoying a tipple at Browns Hotel, one of the writer’s favourite haunts (of which there were many!).
Restaurants in Carmarthenshire
The gorgeous green spaces and varied terrain of Carmarthenshire aren’t just a boon for holidaymakers, they also help to make wonderful menus too. Enjoy locally sourced eats at The Warren in Carmarthen, fine dining at the nearby The Café at No4 or divine gastropub fare at Y Polyn.
The coast provides plenty of amazing seafood, so needless to say, fish and chips are a must. There are plenty of other amazing options too, with international cuisine, gorgeous delis and much more to enjoy. With fantastic kitchens in your accommodation too, you could always stock up on ingredients and cook up some amazing local fare in the comfort of your cottages.