The Country of Mountains and Castles
Is Welsh the Island of Castles?
This is a little known fact; Wales has more castles than any other country in Europe! Wales’ history has left a landscape scattered with Iron Age hill forts, Roman ruins and castles from Medieval Welsh Princes and English Kings.
With over 500 castles, wherever you go on holiday in Wales, you won’t be to far from a historic castle. If you don’t have time to visit every single one, here are five interesting castles to visit.
Things to see in Snowdonia National Park
What could be more invigorating than dashing down a forest trail by mountain bike, or hiking to a pristine waterfall? How about taking a vintage steam train to the top of Wales’ highest mountain, or watching birds hover over a sparkling estuary? In Snowdonia, each day can bring a new adventure.
Snowdonia is a champion among parks. Over 800 square miles in extent and dominated by Snowdon (1085m, 3560ft), the tallest peak in Wales, it has been protected since 1951. That makes it the largest, highest and oldest Welsh National Park.
The National Eisteddfod
The National Eisteddfod is the national festival of Wales, its language and culture. Its origins date back to the 12th century, although it was definitively established as an annual event during the 1860s. Even then, a powerful storm almost put paid to one of the early events, but organisers voiced their determination to see it succeed after thousands of people showed up to celebrate the best in Welsh writing, music and performing.
Annually the National Eisteddfod takes place for eight days at the start of August, and the central festival field is a vibrant one, teeming with stands, stalls and shops, music, arts and crafts, design and architecture.
You can travel in Cardiff, Wales by bus, aquabus, train, and car.
It is also recommendable to use city sightseeing guided bus tour.
Moher Cliff in Republic of Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher is located on the west coast of Ireland close to Liscannor village in Co. Clare. The closest airport is Shannon International Airport approximately 45 minutes by road. The Cliffs of Moher are easily accessed by road from Galway (1.5 hours), Ennis (45mins), Limerick (1.5 hours) and from the ferry to and from Kerry in Killimer (45 mins) Dublin is approximately 3.5 hours via Limerick.