Thursday, 28 October 2010

Pembrokeshire has been voted the second best coastal destination in the world!

"National Geographic has voted Pembrokeshire the second best coastal destination in the world sharing second place with the Tutukaka coast in New Zealand and beating places like the Seychelles, Bermuda and Costa Rica.

Comments from the panelists include:
  • Fabulous example of coastal protection with a very established tourism industry.
  • The seafood and food grown in the adjopining fields are culinary treats.
  • Land based and marine based conservation tourism appeals to all ages.
Pembrokeshire County Council member for tourism Counciler Rob Lewis said It is quite some achievement, especially when you consider that Pembrokeshire was competing against some stunning locations from all over the world.
Apart from our world famous 186 mile coast path and the fact that Pembrokeshire is the only coastal park in the UK, we also have over 50 beaches for holiday makers to choose from."
Wildlife photos by Jo Sime

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Walkers & Cyclists will love The Old Vicarage near Dolgellau and Cader Idris

The delightful Old Vicarage is just 2 miles away from the Mawddach cycle and walking trail and 4 miles from the Coed y Brenin  Forest Centre.  Four bedrooms make this ideal for a family holiday. Your dog is welcome too. Click on the name for more information.
Dolgellau holiday house with spectacular view of Cader idris

Friday, 22 October 2010

Take your own horse to Ty Glan Afon in a stunning location near Dolgellau

There is plenty of grazing for your horse, room for a boat if you have one and your dog is welcome too - but do take care this is sheep country. Ty Glan Afon is a delightful family get away near the bustling market town of Dolgellau. There is central heating, a huge inglenook with log burning stove and plenty of logs to make this an ideal holiday home at any time of the year.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Enjoy a round of golf from your garden gate at The Lodge Beaumaris

Hire a golf buggy at Henllys Hall Golf Club, Beaumaris. Drive it to the garden gate of The Lodge and load up your golf clubs for a game on the superb 18 hole parkland championship Princes course with wonderful natural features. A golfers delight.

Magnificent Red Kites

                                                         Photo by Richard Packwood

Wales offers several opportunities to watch these rare magnificent birds performing spectacular aerial displays as they swoop to collect food and soar on the thermals.

Depending on where and when, they are often in the company of other species of birds such as curlews, buzzards, peregrines, ospreys and migrant birds.

Their distinctive 'V' tail feathers and underbody colour make them easy to spot.

You can visit dedicated feeding stations where sightings are almost guarenteed such as at Cors Caron, Tregaron where there is a centre full of information on Red Kites and other local wildlife. Watch the birds being fed from the bridge on the A485 at 2pm in winter.

Or blend naturally with the countryside and watch from a purpose built hide at Llandeusant where the birds are so close binoculars are not needed. Birds are fed at 2pm in winter and 3pm in summer.

Enjoy walks through mature oak woodland teeming with birds including the Red Kite seen daily at Dinas RSPB Reserve, Rhandirmwyn or around Lleyn Clywedog.

Play a round of golf at Rhosgoch with the Red Kites overhead or take a train ride through the Welsh countryside on the scenic Heart of Wales Railway from Swansea to Shrewsbury and spot Red Kites from the comfort of your seat.

It is wonderful that this rare bird has now established so well in Wales. Long may it remain.