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Dirty Experiences - (bit of mud on your nose, speck on your wellie)
Cwtch is welsh for cuddle! Why not cwtch up in front of a cosy log fire on a cold winter’s day after a personal guided tour in the Tywi Valley; a wander round Wales’ most romantic ruin Carreg Cennen castle; or take a drive through our beautiful rural countryside - what’s your idea of a perfect romantic break?
We’re justifiably proud of our county - its scenery, music, food and more - and we love to share it. You’re guaranteed the friendliest of welcomes wherever you wander and we’d love you to come and try it for yourself. There’s far more to do in Carmarthenshire than we’ve got room to tell so here’s our top 5 romantic things to do.
Traffic Free Cycling
You can stand your Harley Davidson tourer outside a neon-lit diner on Route 66 if you like; we prefer our two-wheelers less oily, rather more quiet... and propped against a chunky sea wall overlooking the swelling Loughor Estuary. Our 10 miles of purpose-built seaside cycle track offer great views over expansive sands, sweeping tides and broad, smooth shoreline. Sweaty leathers not required; ice lollies essential. We find cider flavour the most rewarding. Take a romantic cycle on Merlin Cycle Hire’s tandem bike along the Millennium Coastal Park.
Walking in our towns - Browsing / Mossing
With our unique town centres and varied landscapes and an overwhelming choice of places to go walking, your biggest challenge will be deciding what you want to do most. While you decide why not take a stroll around the town for some shopping and treat your loved one.
Walking around the shops in Llandeilo is a real treat, take Scorpio as an example...
Ask Greg and Glesni what their secret is and they’ll quickly say: "Quality." Even their cushions are the sort that last you 20 years and more. Many are from Melin Tregwynt, a whitewashed wool mill in a remote wooded valley on the West Wales coast. The couple’s beautiful Llandeilo shop is one of the mill’s biggest Welsh stockists, and the touchy-feely Mondo range is one of Scorpio’s best sellers. Other Llandeilo boutiques reflect such irresistible vivacity.
Scorpio, King Street, Llandeilo, SA19 6BA.
Follow the Betws Mountain signs from the main Amman Valley road. Two and a half miles up, up, up and turn in to the picnic site. The benches are modest - the views are not. Before you is everything from the Gower peninsula to the sites of motte and bailey castles and the powerful rise of the Brecon Beacons. Food tip: hunks of freshly roasted lamb with mint sauce from Cwmcerrig Farm Shop & Grill.
Betws Mountain Picnic Area and Viewpoint, near Ammanford.
Ask at the Llanllwni Village Store - they’ll tell you the way. You can’t miss the shop; it’s on the A485, painted sky blue and right next to a stone barn carrying an antique orange Brooke Bond Tea advertisement. High above is the dramatic storm-blasted moorland of Llanllwni Mountain. Stop the car up there; the views are mightily impressive, with the deep green Teifi Valley twisting east and west. Pick a breezeless day for a picnic and your napkins will stay.
Tywitours is a new company offering bespoke tours around Carmarthenshire. Get the insider’s scoop on this little known county of Wales bursting with world-class gardens, wild, rocky mountains, glorious beaches, and boutique shopping. Choose from The Gold Mines Tour, an opportunity to visit a castle, chic county town, a medieval abbey and a roman gold mine in one day, The Cenarth Tour, a chance to discover local craft and produce, The Laugharne Tour, a diverse journey taking in castle, literature, speed and chocolate and many more options. Prices start from £60 per person - tywitours.co.uk Freephone 0800 566 8771.
Personal guided tours are also available with Twms TreksTwms Treks.
Laugharne held great emotional significance for Dylan. It was here his relationship with Caitlin was to flourish and where the couple set up their first home at the boathouse. Dylan Thomas - discovercarmarthenshire.com
Dylan & Catlin’s Lovenest
Time to tell pals you’re having a hoot? Well, forget SMS - choose a good old postcard (note: with Biro) and sit on the coastal-view terrace of this literary landmark. The glittering estuary outlook delighted one of our great poets so surely a little of that inspiration should rub off on the rest of us. "Over Sir John’s Hill, the hawk on fire hangs still," Dylan wrote hereabouts. Go on - match it! Could be one valuable postcard in years to come.
Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, SA33 4SD.
01994 427420 dylanthomasboathouse.com
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