Castles and Crags

Carreg Cennen Castle and Garn Goch Iron Age hill-fort

Visit spectacular Carreg Cennen Castle near Llandeilo. Perched atop a 100m high sheer limestone crag overlooking the Afon Cennen, this mediaeval fortress with a long and chequered history is now in the care of Cadw. Enjoy the tearooms and craft shop at the farm before making the short walk to the castle ruins.

Down the road (or along the Beacons Way) is Y Gaer Fawr, largest hill-fort in South Wales and one of two at Garn Goch overlooking the hamlet of Bethlehem. Once a stronghold of the Silures tribe who chose it perhaps for its commanding views over the Towy valley, it now rewards an hour or two of your time spent in exploration. Pick up the Garn Goch Geotrail (£1) at Llandovery Information Centre. The Red Kite feeding station and the National Trusts’s Dinefwr Park, Newton House and Castle are nearby attractions.

Vale of Towy from Garn Goch

Vale of Towy from Garn Goch. Our Iron Age ancestors used the plentiful Silurian gritstone blocks to construct two great enclosures here. Fifteen thousand years earlier this wide vale was home to the sizeable Towy Valley glacier carrying great volumes of ice from mid Wales.

If you’ve got an hour or less:

  • Tea and cake at the Castle tearooms.
  • Explore Garn Goch – follow the whole Geotrail if you’ve got time.
  • Trap Village Hall and cafe

If you’ve got half a day (2-4 hours):

If you’ve got a full day (5-8 hours):

Did you know . . ?

. . . that Carreg Cennen Castle has been described as the most romantic ruin in all of Wales!