Tenby, A Coastal Getaway In Wales

Tenby's cliffside walkway.

One of the absolutely top, perfect breakfasts I've ever enjoyed at a B&B (and I have had a great many) was served in Tenby, a small town on the southern coast of Wales. Tenby is a popular, charming resort town with a long history, a getaway with numerous attractions. But first, the breakfast. Every morning, Stephen and Clair, at Croyland Guest House, set out a buffet filled with a wide ... Read Full Article

Tracking Down Prehistoric Dolmens in Wales

Pentre Ifan has a capstone that rests on the tips of three standing stones

Some of the world's most impressive ancient burial chambers, or dolmens, stand in the green fields and copses of Wales. On a recent trip, my husband John and I tracked down several of these prehistoric sites, and each time I felt the eery sense of an ancient past brought into the present. The dolmens, which date from Neolithic times, have been thoroughly investigated and are protected as national ... Read Full Article

The Scandals and Tales of Tredegar House in Wales

The ornate Edney Gates at Tredegar House

It was the mention of the famous pirate Capt. Henry Morgan that first sparked my interest when my cousin Nicola suggested we visit Tredegar House in Wales. Although Capt. Morgan, for whom the famous rum was named, was a distant grandson of the original owner of this 17th century Charles II era country house, it somehow made the visit more intriguing. Tredegar House, near Newport Wales, was ... Read Full Article

A Waterfall Walk in Wales

Sgŵd Ddwli Isaf, the Lower Gushing Falls, photo by Carrie Uffindell

Waterfall Country in Fforest Fawr Geopark and Brecon Beacons National Park is one of South Wales’s natural gems, a collection of deep valleys, rocky gorges, ancient woodlands and over 16 stunning waterfalls connected by some 25 miles of walking trails. While visiting the park this summer, my family and I had a wonderful time exploring one of Waterfall Country’s most accessible walks, the Elidir ... Read Full Article

Touring King Arthur’s Labyrinth in Wales

Entrance to King Arthur's Labyrinth

As you drive through the lush green Welsh countryside you’ll see gray, slate-covered hillsides towering over misty valleys. These Welsh mountains are riddled with abandoned mine shafts that penetrate deep into their heart. This atmospheric backdrop, and the crumbling stone castles that dot the Welsh countryside, have fuelled many ancient Welsh legends. It doesn’t take much imagination to see red ... Read Full Article

A Memorable Stay at Ruthin Castle in North Wales

White gravel pathways meander through the castle grounds, separating circular arrangements of brightly colored flowers and purple lavender blooms

Sometimes it’s where you stay that makes traveling so memorable. I often remember more about my hotel or resort than I do about my actual destination. And this is especially true of my stay at Ruthin Castle, an ancient luxury hotel on a brilliant green Welsh hilltop, overlooking a delightful, tiny stone village. There’s something relaxing and inspiring about staying in a castle where ... Read Full Article

Touring the Roman Gold Mines in Wales

We’re overlooking a huge valley opposite where another mining technique, called hushing, was used by the Romans.

Welsh gold. This rare and soft lustrous gold is the most expensive gold in the world. It fetches up to $4500 per ounce, or three times what standard gold sells for in the London market. Pure Welsh gold is worth more than platinum and is considered by many metallurgists to be the world’s most precious metal. So it’s no wonder the Welsh have mythical goblin-like creatures that hide in mines and ... Read Full Article

Walking the Wales Coast Path

The view of the small fishing town of Tresaith from the WCP trail.

Wales has for long played second fiddle to England’s moors and fells as a destination for the UK’s trail walkers, but it now offers a unique path that puts it squarely near the top of the trail walking bucket list. The 870-mile long Wales Coast Path (WCP), completed in May 2012, offers the longest continuous coastal path around any country in the world—and it’s nirvana for hikers and ... Read Full Article

Immerse Yourself in the Fairytale Opulence of Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle Wall

  Right in the middle of the bustling, cosmopolitan city of Cardiff, Wales, stands the massive 2000 year old Cardiff Castle. Each time I’ve passed through this city I’ve been drawn to walk by, admiring the long walls where various stone animals lounge; lions and jackals and bears, that peer down at me as I walk by. This year, I made a special point of visiting inside of the castle, ... Read Full Article

Celebrating Dylan Thomas in Swansea, Wales

statue Dylan thomas

  In 2014 Swansea, Wales is celebrating the centenary of the birth of one of the English languages most distinctive voices. The year-long celebration will honour the works and legacy of Dylan Thomas. My father was Welsh, and I have traveled frequently to Wales. I’ve been a fan of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas for years, but until this past summer I haven’t visited any of his haunts. Once several ... Read Full Article