Luxury itinerary day-by-day
1. Day one
Arrive in Newport West Wales
Arrive by train to Carmarthen and we will transfer you to the quaint village of Newport, an undeveloped haven with a laid-back way of life. Nestled under Carningli (Mountain of the Angels), on the Nevern estuary, and within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, you'll find breathtaking beaches, rivers, woods and mountains all a stone's throw from your hotel door. If you have time, we can arrange a visit to a reconstructed Iron Age hill fort, complete with roundhouses and other buildings, where re-enactments throughout the summer bring the settlement to life.
This evening your host will meet with you to welcome you to Wales, go through your itinerary and give your some local flavour.
2. Day two
Carn Ingli and The Parrog
Set out from your hotel to walk up Mynned Carningli. One of the most striking hills in Pembrokeshire, Carningli’s profile against a red setting sun makes the hill look rather like the volcano it once was. Don’t worry though, it last erupted around 450 million years ago! Whilst you may not get to commune with angels as legend has it, St Brynach did, you will enjoy the magnificent view and ponder how the huge bluestones from these Preseli Hills were transported to Stonehenge – 200 hundred miles away! After a well-earned lunch back in Newport spend the afternoon exploring the beaches and rock pools of the Parrog and the Nevern estuary before a second night in your hotel
4 miles (6km) with approx 500ft (150m) elevation plus exploring
3. Day three
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Pwllgwaelod
This morning follow the coast path from Newport to one of the prettiest villages along the path. Above the beach is the end wall of a chapel. The rest was washed away in the enormous storm of 1859 that created all of Pembrokeshire’s pebble banks. A short headland walk beyond will hopefully give you the chance to view colonies of guillemots, razorbills and other seabirds that live on the cliffs. Stop at a favourite pub of ours in Pwllgwaelod and enjoy a relaxing lunch before we transfer you mid afternoon to St David’s for the next 3 nights.
7 miles (11km)
4. Day four
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path and St Davids
Head directly out from your hotel to the coast path for a walk along what is arguably the most spectacular section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with magnificent views over the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Reserve of Ramsey Island. The path will take you past the tiny chapel at St Non’s and a little further on you will reach the most westerly point of mainland Wales and the view of Ramsey Island. Turn inland to catch the local bus back into St Davids.
St David’s is the smallest city in the British Isles with a cathedral setting nothing short of stunning and a charm to be enjoyed. There has been a church on the site of this cathedral since the 6th Century and there is a shrine dedicated to St David – the Patron Saint of Wales. Your hotel is close by and is renowned for its good food.
7-9 miles plus exploring
5. Day five
Boat Trip around Ramsey Island
Today we transfer you to St Justinians for an exciting excursion around Ramsey Island and perhaps further afield in a RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) with a knowledgeable guide and skipper. Depending on the time of year you can expect to see porpoises, gannets, puffins, seals, a variety of other seabirds and possibly even a whale! After your exhilarating boat trip you have a choice – either return by bus back to St Davids, or continue yesterday’s walk further round the coast to Whitesands Bay, returning to the city in time for lunch. Spend a little more time exploring here - St David’s Bishop’s Palace is the most impressive medieval bishop’s palace in Wales. The whole site sends shivers down the spine, evoking a period when religion was the order of the day and bishops were power brokers par excellence. Don’t miss the Goat Street Gallery and a traditional sweet shop emporium.
Optional 2-4 miles (3-6km)
6. Day six
Solva and Roch Castle
After breakfast set off from your hotel along the coast path that leads you eastward around St Brides Bay. 5 miles along the path will bring you to the little village of Solva with a choice of restaurants and art galleries and, just a mile inland, the Solva Woollen Mill – the oldest working mill in Wales with a range of traditionally made rugs, cushions and other crafts available. We will meet you mid afternoon to transfer you on to your very special hotel for tonight – Roch Castle, built in the late twelfth century as one of a group of border strongholds and which served as a lookout for the bay of St Brides to ward off invasions from the sea. As the Castle does not serve dinner we will arrange a private transfer to one of our favourite restaurants nearby.
5 miles plus optional additional 2 miles to Solva Woollen Mill and back
7. Day seven
Enjoy breakfast in your historic surroundings before we transfer you to Laugharne (pronounced ‘Larne’!) famous for its ancient 13th Century Castle as well as being the home of one of Wales’ most famous sons – writer Dylan Thomas.
Arrive in time for morning coffee before you set off on the Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk. Take a walk along the Estuary and visit the magnificent medieval castle turned Tudor mansion which later became the perfect antidote to writer’s block. Make time to stroll through the castle’s Victorian gardens before heading for the foreshore to take in the views. Pop in at the Boat House – Dylan Thomas’ former home and now a museum, before you call in at one of Dylan’s watering holes for a spot of lunch and some liquid refreshment. Walk on to your hotel, where you can enjoy a relaxing visit to the spa before dinner.
5 miles (8km)
8. Day eight
Return to Carmarthen and depart
At the end of your Celtic Caper bid Hwyl fawr (good bye) to this land of stunning coastline and castles, patron saint and poet before we return you to Carmarthen and your journey home.
explore an ancient land of stunning views, myths and legends