The Best Places To Visit on a Welsh Road Trip

The Best Places To Visit on a Welsh Road Trip

The key thing to remember when taking a Welsh road trip is that you cannot see everything in one go. Driving from A to B in Wales can often take a lot longer than you might imagine.

The best way to explore and discover Wales is not from the road at all. To really get to know this beautiful country you will need to get off the beaten track. However, if your time in Wales is limited, it is a good idea to focus on a shorter road trip, in one specific area. Here are a few delightful short road trip options to consider, and the best places to visit on each one:

Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons

This road trip begins in the capital, Cardiff. From there, you should head east to Chepstow, on the border, to see the castle there. Next, make your way up the Wye Valley to Tintern Abbey and on to Monmouth, then west to Abergavenny, where you can take Wales’ highest road, Gospel Pass, up into the Brecon Beacons National Park. Consider nipping down to the book town of Hay of Wye before looping north around the park and taking the impressive Black Mountain Pass back to the south. You can then continue on to Swansea, or loop back to Cardiff, perhaps via the Rhondda Heritage Park, Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch.

Swansea to St Davids, Pembrokeshire

Another great Welsh road trip will take you from Swansea, via the Gower Peninsula and the Pembrokeshire National Park, to St Davids. First, from Swansea, head out to Rhossli Beach at the end of the Gower Peninsula. Then head west, making your way to Carmarthen. Continue on to Tenby and the impressive Pembroke Castle before you beach hop your way along the Pembrokeshire coast to end your trip in the charming town of St Davids.

Machynlleth to Aberdaron

Start another great route in Machynlleth, and the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Reserve.Make your way north to the Centre for Alternative Technology and pass up the valleys of the Snowdonia National Park to reach Dolgellau. These valleys are famous for being used as a low level training area for fast jet aircraft. Dolgellau is a charming market town and a great place to stop, leave the car behind, and start to explore the Snowdonian mountains. Once you have had your fill of the mountains, head to Harlech on the coast to see the castle there, then continue north to magical Portmeirion. Finally, make your way west onto the Llyn peninsula, out to Aberdaron, a quaint fishing village at its eastern tip.

Snowdon To Holyhead

In the north, one of the best short Welsh road trips will take you from the highest peak of Snowdonia, Mount Snowdon (ascended from Rhyd Ddu on foot or on the Snowdon mountain railway), to Caernarfon, with its awe inspiring castle, and on to explore the island of Anglesey. You can head straight out to Holyhead, or make a lazy loop around the island to discover all its has to offer. On Angelsey, be sure to check out the scenic peninsula of Ynys Llanddwyn, The South Stack, and Beaumaris with its UNESCO listed gaol which are some key sights on the island.

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