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The Dolphin Coast, Red Kite Country, Old Fishing Ports, Market Towns and more.....

Dolphins of the Cardigan Coast

Ceredigion is a coastal county in Wales bordered on one side by Cardigan Bay (also known locally as the Dolphin Coast).

With over 50 miles of coastline with hidden beaches and coves, it is also the only permanent residence of Bottle-nosed Dolphins in the whole of the UK.

The 'All Wales Coast Path' makes its way over the rugged headlands from Aberystwyth in the north of the County before joining the Pembrokeshire Coast Path at St Dogmaels. All sections of the path are now open through Ceredigion.

Red Kite

Inland you will find rolling hills and also a good section of the Desert of Wales, a large expanse of area which lacks roads and towns - quite rare in the UK today.

This is also home to the famous Red Kite, a majestic bird of prey that can be spotted in most parts of Ceredigion - easily distinguished by its splayed, forked tail feathers. There are many feeding stations across Ceredigion where you are guaranteed to catch a glimpse of these beautiful birds, but seeing them circling in thermals over the hills and valleys of Ceredigion is just awe inspiring.

Market Town Harbour

Most of the large towns in Ceredigion are the central hub for more widely distributed communities who live in the outlying villages and also on the farms you will see scattered across the landscape. Both inland and along the coast you will find Market Towns with regular cattle marts and markets. Some of which are listed in more detail below.

Along the coast you will find picturesque harbor towns and old fishing villages where the hustle and bustle of fishing and landing the catch has been replaced with sight seeing and recreational boating.


View of Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth in the north of the County, a once hugely popular Victorian holiday destination due to the railway is now still a popular holiday destination and also a University Town. Remnants of the Victorian bye gone's are still visible throughout the town. There is still a pier, the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway which opened in 1896 and plenty of Victorian architecture to be seen along the sea front.

Being the largest town in Ceredigion there is plenty to keep you occupied in Aberystwyth. The town has many historical buildings including the remains of a castle. There is also the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the nature reserve at Parc Penglais.

Cardigan from the bridge

Cardigan in the very south of the County is a thriving Market Town sitting along side the River Teifi. Here you will find some splendid Georgian and Victorian architecture along with a Norman Castle. Think narrow streets with hidden shops, pubs and restaurants and you will begin to get the picture.

Dating from around 1090 when the Castle was built, Cardigan remained a small walled town until around the 1600's when it began to be developed into a larger port. During the early 19th century, Cardigan was the most important seaport in South Wales.
Today it has a bustling tourist industry with many boats offering sightseeing tours of the Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire Coastline.

Lampeter High Street

Lampeter is situated on the eastern border of Ceredigion and is another university town. It is actually a Kingdom and once had a castle which was destroyed in the 1100's. The Castle was positioned where the university now sits.

For such a small town, Lampeter has a busy and bustling center, especially when the university is open and the 1000 or so students descend on the town.

The National Eisteddfod graced Lampeter in 1984 and the town also boasts a theatre, museum and a large number of locally-owned shops selling crafts, art and daily wares. There is also a good selection of cafe's, pub's and restaurants to choose from.


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