10 essential things to do in Carmarthenshire Carmarthenshire is abundant with historical monuments, wonders of nature and a bountiful harvest of all kinds of food. A Llyn y Fan Fach Llyn Y Fan Fach, Black Mountains, Carmarthenshire by Paula J James Named as one of the world’s Ultimate Sights by the respected tourist guide Lonely Planet, this dammed lake in the Brecon Beacons is surrounded by the steep escarpments of the Carmarthen Fans. You can learn everything there is to know about the mythical Lady of the Lake during your hugely rewarding four mile walk there and back. Fishing for Sewin Towy River, Carmarthenshire by discover carmarthenshire White trout, peal, mort or finnock – the migratory sea trout goes by many names, but in Wales the sewin is revered as the greatest catch of all. This is partly down to the delicate flavour of the clear pink flesh, but also due to the fact that it can provide a sporting challenge to the canniest fisherman. The Towy, Teifi and Cothi are great places to fish for sewin, although you can land one with less difficulty in one of several local markets. B Kidwelly Castle Kidwelly Castle, Carmarthenshire There are a number of impressive ancient fortifications in Carmarthenshire and Kidwelly is a particularly dramatic sight. The original Norman castle of earth and wood dates back to the 12th century and the impressive stone structure still standing is merely 600 or so years old. Film buffs may recognise Kidwelly from a fleeting appearance at the beginning of Monty Python & The Holy Grail. More castles in Carmarthenshire C Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne Dylan Thomas' Boathouse in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire Originally a 12th century outpost of Flemish weavers, the town of Laugharne, on the estuary of the River Tâf, is best known as the home of Dylan Thomas. Laugharne was thought to be the inspiration for Thomas’ best known play, Under Milk Wood and peering into the window of The Boathouse, where he wrote, gives you the impression Wales’ most famous literary icon has just stepped out for a drink before returning to his papers. D Riding on Pendine Sands Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire A flat, seven mile (11 km) open beach, best known as the location where four world land speed records were set between 1924 and 1927. The electric land speed record of 137mph (220kmh) was also established at Pendine in 2000, but we recommend a more sedate option on horseback courtesy of the Marros Riding Centre. E The Tin Shed Experience Tin Shed Experience museum in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire by Rob Ashcroft Visit Wales and see a shed. But not any old shed. As you might have guessed Laugharne is not your run-of-the-mill Carmarthenshire town and the Tin Shed Experience is a genuinely eccentric 1940s museum, located – yes, you guessed it – in a tin shed and curated by locals who used to work at the Ministry of Defence in nearby Pendine. F National Botanic Garden of Wales National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire An essential visit, this picturesque location in the Towy Valley houses the world’s biggest single-span glasshouse in the world. It’s a great place for kids to explore and for adults of all ages to stroll around, whether you’re a keen horticulturalist, or merely someone who has a passing interest in the world of nature. G Artisan food holidays Cwmcrwth Farm, Carmarthenshire by discover carmathenshire Cwmcrwth Farm near Llandeilo has award winning self-catering facilities on its farm. It also runs a variety of courses (pig keeping anyone?) including a three day Artisan Food break, visiting local delis, butchers, bakers and smokeries and learning some of their considerable skills yourself. H The National Wool Museum National Wool Museum, Carmarthenshire The craftsmanship associated with shawls, blankets and bedcovers manufactured in Wales is known the world over and the National Wool Museum is located in the former Cambrian Mills. The Welsh Quilt is thought to have caught the eye of Amish settlers into Welsh communities in Pennsylvania during the 1800s and you can find out more at The Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter Town Hall. I Dolaucothi Gold Mines Dolaucothi Mines, Carmarthenshire by Discover Carmarthenshire The Romans discovered that there was gold in ‘them there hills’ of Wales 2,000 years ago and mining at Dolaucothi continued until the 1930s. 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