Counting down the fifteen most authentic Welsh gift ideas – and the best places to purchase them

What better reminder of Wales than something beautiful to appreciate back home for yourself or your loved ones? At best, a Welsh souvenir embodies a bit of Wales’ history, culture or spirit – and a blend of wild geography, Celtic influences and abundance of time-lost, traditional regions where ancient crafts flourish has ensured this country keeps creating truly special products making for unique gifts. It … Continue reading Counting down the fifteen most authentic Welsh gift ideas – and the best places to purchase them

Walking on the wild (sea) side to the northernmost point in Wales

Distance: 8.25km (round trip). This hike from comely harbour village Cemaes is SO Wales: hugging the wind-smacked north coast of Anglesey, it encompasses a swaddle of sandy, craggy, seaweed-trailed seaboard jaw-droppingly dramatic even by the standards of an island celebrated for quality coastline, then with characteristic lack of fanfare ushers you up to the hulking headland of Llanlleiana, Wales’ most northerly point accessible by foot. … Continue reading Walking on the wild (sea) side to the northernmost point in Wales

The Lligwy ancient monuments: three millennia of history in the fields of eastern Anglesey

I recall my father, on Scottish family holidays growing up, making us delay those seaside trips every child wants beyond all others whilst we detoured across pathless tracts of moor in inclement weather, searching for some ancient standing stone or burial site. Sites, I’ll have you know, invariably transpiring to be significantly far from their map mark and thus frequently protracting the wait to reach … Continue reading The Lligwy ancient monuments: three millennia of history in the fields of eastern Anglesey

Cyfannedd Fach holiday cottage – something special in the middle of nowhere in southern Snowdonia

You may have fancied you have stayed in extremely isolated accommodation in Britain before. So did we. But spend some nights at Cyfannedd Fach, a 250 year-old stone cottage sequestered away somewhere between mountain, forest and sea in the shadow of the rugged folds of Cadair Idris and you will most likely be reassessing your notions of remote.  The distance from Dolgellau, the nearest town … Continue reading Cyfannedd Fach holiday cottage – something special in the middle of nowhere in southern Snowdonia

What it’s like to walk right around Wales: tips and tales from the trail with seasoned hiker Michelle Gollins

Few people can say they have walked the entire way around a country. Wales might have become the world’s first nation to have a footpath all along its borders with the completion of the Wales Coast Path (WCP) in 2012, therefore making the challenge more possible. But actually doing the hike, 870 miles on the WCP, another 177 miles on the Offa’s Dyke Path (ODP) … Continue reading What it’s like to walk right around Wales: tips and tales from the trail with seasoned hiker Michelle Gollins

The source of the UK’s longest river

Walk length: 16km (out and back). For an upland that can make so many bold claims (highest point in Mid Wales, one of the greatest uninterrupted wildernesses in Wales and, as will shortly be elaborated upon, the source of Britain’s longest river, fifth-longest river and the longest two to flow across Welsh soil), Pumlumon is a very unfrequented place. We can vouch for that. When … Continue reading The source of the UK’s longest river

The Cardiff Bay Barrage Crocodile (in honour of Roald Dahl)

We admit it: a point comes when, as new parents, you start looking at undertaking not just the truly hardcore adventures that were once your raison d’être but also the activities that will be enjoyable and easy to do for the little one(s) in your life. As travellers long accustomed to going so wildly off-piste the piste can no longer be seen, reaching this point … Continue reading The Cardiff Bay Barrage Crocodile (in honour of Roald Dahl)

Vermut: central Cardiff’s vivacious hole-in-the-wall bar specialising in vermouth

It’s always a privilege for us to be writing about a place at the very start of its journey – when the concept is still new enough to be one-of-a-kind on a UK-wide scale, with the decoration so fresh one can virtually smell it and yes, when we feel we’re hanging out in a joint most people just don’t know about yet. This was definitely … Continue reading Vermut: central Cardiff’s vivacious hole-in-the-wall bar specialising in vermouth

Kingstone Brewery: an eccentric brewing adventure in an enchanting location

It may seem counter-intuitive – you may indeed opine we are plain wrong – when, in the process of directing you to the best sight to see in Tintern, we tell you to keep travelling on past the world-famous abbey that famously fired the imaginations of Wordsworth and Turner, on along the road from Chepstow besides the captivating woodsy banks of the Wye, entirely out … Continue reading Kingstone Brewery: an eccentric brewing adventure in an enchanting location

LOBSTER AND MôR: fresh-off-the-boat seafood takeaway, served suavely

Fresh seafood to take away at the seaside is always a welcome thing – as much as our mouths salivate over the batter coating in which marine treats often get dished up in Britain, it does sometimes seem like a barrier preventing you from enjoying the true taste of the produce or a smokescreen for the fact those doing the cooking do not know another … Continue reading LOBSTER AND MôR: fresh-off-the-boat seafood takeaway, served suavely