Lindsay Taub

Off to Go Castle-Hopping in Wales

2011-09-20 by Lindsay Taub

In just a few days, I will be off to participate in the Mini Welsh Challenge 2011, a trip that will unite 17 bloggers and journalists from around the globe to explore all that Wales has to offer. Visit Wales has split the group into four teams, covering the themes of Adventure, Culture (two teams), and Food. Naturally, I chose the Adventure theme!

All four groups will meet up on the first night in North Wales and on the last day in Cardiff for a group whitewater rafting challenge, followed by a final banquet in Cardiff Castle.

My itinerary will take our group of five (2 Americans, 2 French, 1 Spanish) to some exciting places and for some incredible adventures. I am perhaps most excited to stay in a Yurt and go Coasteering, which I had never heard of before this trip!

Here’s a list of some of the activities we’ll be doing and places we’ll visit:

  • Nant Gwrtheyrn on the Llyn Peninsular (a peninsular sticking way out into the Irish Sea).
  • The Castle Hotel in the ancient town of Conwy.
  • Caernarfon Castle.
  •  Sailing on ‘Bangers and Mash,’ a 24 foot Hunter 707 keelboat – Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsular
  • a trip on the Welsh Highland Steam Railway, but best of all we get to ride with the driver in the engine!
  • Portmeirion, apparently the oddest village ever conceived, standing serenely on the hills above the Dwryryd estuary in northwest Wales.
  • Mountain biking in Mecca, Machynlleth
  • Castle-y-Bere.
  • The Yurt Farm, Crynfryn, Penuwch, Tregaron, Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (voted by National Geographic as the ‘Second best walking route in the World’).
  • The Preseli Mountains, where the giant Bluestones of Stonehenge come from.
  • Coasteering, a combination of rock scrambling and cliff jumping
  • St Davids, Wales’ holiest place
  • St Ann’s Head Lighthouse
  • St Govans Chapel, Stack Rocks and the Green Bridge of Wales.
  • “Harry Potter’s House” at Freshwater West Beach
  • White Water Rafting at the International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay


Tags: Adventure, Castles, Travel, Wales

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