Carmarthenshire is a county in South West Wales, nestled between Pembrokeshire and the Gower Peninsula.
Carmarthenshire is a county of contrasts, from the striking coastline, with vast golden beaches in the south, to the rugged western hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the north.
Carmarthenshire is predominantly an agricultural county, with only the South Eastern area having any significant amount of industry. Due to its fertile land, agricultural produce and many glorious gardens, Carmarthenshire is often referred to as ‘The Garden of Wales’.
The county is rich in archaeological remains such as forts, earthworks and standing stones. Carn Goch is one of the most impressive Iron Age forts and stands on a hilltop near Llandeilo. Near Llangyndeyrn in Dyfed are chambered cairns and standing stones on Mynydd Llangyndeyrn. There are plenty of castles to visit, including Carreg Cennen, Dinefwr, Kidwelly, Laugharne, Llansteffan and Newcastle Emlyn Castle.
The coastal village of Laugharne is associated with Dylan Thomas. Dylan Thomas Boathouse where the author wrote many of his works can be visited. There are large stretches of golden sands to enjoy and the Wales Coast Path which runs along the entire coastline of Wales.
There are plenty of places for walking and hiking, including the Fforest Fawr, the Black Mountain range, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Cambrian Mountains.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthney, is both a visitor attraction and a botanical research and conservation centre. It features the world’s largest single-span glasshouse.
For those wanting to delve into the past there are museums such as the Carmarthenshire County Museum, the Kidwelly Industrial Museum and the National Wool Museum. Near Pumsaint, in the valley of the River Cothi, you can visit the Roman-worked Dolaucothi Gold Mines.
There are also several stately homes in the county including, Aberglasney House and Gardens, Golden Grove and Newton House.