Sitting atop Castle y Bere the largest and most elaborate native stronghold built by Llewelyn the Great in the 1220’s. This impressive Welsh stronghold was to maintain control between the Dyfi and Mawddach estuaries and the mountain road over Cader Idris to Dolgellau. All aboard the Ffestiniog Mountain Railway from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog this afternoon! Wild Wales Tours & Walkabouts favorite bookshop in Wales today!
On Tuesday a hike up to Tre Ceiri “town of the giants” a hillfort dating back to the Iron Age, situated on Mount Eifl. Lunch at Dylanwad Da in Dolgellau, always a five star experience! Last night atop the iconic peak Cader Idris veiled with wisps of mist! This morning along the Roman Road, above the Mawddach and Abermaw in the distance. Tyn y Gader our comfortable guest house during our visit in Dolgellau.
Yesterday Colin our boatman ferried us over to Bardsey Island where 20,000 saints have been buried. Saint Cadfan established a place of worship here in the sixth century. We spent the day walking around the island and were given a concert by Mair Tomos Ifans, an accomplished harpist at the chapel! Aberdaron and Cardigan Bay under the full moon last night when we walked back from the pub after supper.
Yesterday our Walkabout team visited an isolated rainforest and were amazed by its beauty and setting. Llennyrch a hundred acre magical mysterious and incredibly scarce Celtic rainforest surrounded by four hundred acres of spectacular Welsh farmland. Hidden among the lush green hills of the Snowdonia mountains in North Wales at the bottom of a steep gorge is a rare woodland with many mosses and ferns not seen for many years. The land owned by the same family for hundreds of y
We were entertained by Elinor and her friends during our last night stay at the Cardiff Marriott. They shared with us their harmonious voices and blended them melodiously with the accordion and harp, it was delightful! Rod working the piano at the Marriott with help from his friends! Mark Montinaro presented to us at Dylan Thomas home in Laugharne, great job Mark!
After a visit to the Cathedral of Wales at St Davids, Pembrokeshire. Standing in front of a farmhouse at The Cistercian Abbey at Strata Florida that was built with the rubble that Henry IV destroyed in 1402 when searching for Owain Glyndwr. Pondering at the Cistercian Tintern Abbey where Henry VIII men removed the lead roofs after the dissolution of the abbeys in 1536. Before our last dinner together at our hotel in downtown Cardiff.
Dylanwad Da in the Market town of Dolgellau is peoples choice of best lunch to date on this years trip! A presentation at the Cistercian Monastery in Strata Florida by Jenna our inspirational presenter yesterday. A visit to the great Cathedral at St Davids today and our hotel, the “Atlantic”on the palisade in Tenby overlooking Carmarthen Bay.
Yesterday morning a trip down the Lleyn peninsular with Bardsey Island in the distance. Enjoying fresh baked goods outside the bakery in Aberdaron! All aboard the Welsh Highland Railway and this morning driving down the Tal-y-Llyn Pass down to visit Aberystwyth on Cardigan Bay. Image Lleyn Peninsular and Tal-y-Llyn lake Welsh Tourist office.
We explored the recently discovered copper mines in 1987 on the Great Orme above Llandudno going back 4000 years ago! Yesterday a visit to Edward 1 castle at Conwy, and this morning a visit to the brute of all fortresses, Caernarfon also built by the Norman king with polygonal towers between 1283-1289. After lunch we boarded the Welsh Highland Railway through the Snowdonia National Park and viewed Cnicht considered the Welsh Matterhorn! Caernarfon Castle image by the Welsh To
Newfoundland! Giovanni Caboto was an Italian merchant from Genoa and as a young man learnt the secret where Portuguese whalers and fisherman were catching their seafood out on the the western ocean in the mid 1400’s. Giovanni met with Queen Isabella of Spain but she turned him down since she was already supporting a young man by the name of Christopher! The Brits however gave him two ships and sailors for the expedition if he changed his name to John Cabot! He came ashore her