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  • Llyn y Fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Dolaucothi Gold Mines
  • Llandovery Town
  • Llandovery Castle
  • Llandovery Sheep Festival

Llandovery & the Western Brecon Beacons

Get minted following in Roman footsteps

The Roman’s can claim to be the first tourists to this part of the world. They were minted when they found gold in the hills of Dolaucothi. You have a chance to do the same because the goldmine is now a National Trust attraction and offers the chance for you to pan for gold. The shaded and secluded Cothi Valley that nestles this gold reserve is a complete contrast to the backbone of Wales, the towering Brecon Beacons. Dolaucothi is designated both as a geological and biological site of Special Scientific Interest because of it diversity of wildlife and habitats. It has a precious collection of mosses and litchens, liverwort and fern species that are quite rare and are protected by law.

Go sight a Kite

Red Kites on the Brecon Beacons

Red Kite Feeding Centre

Look to the hills all around and you will almost certainly catch a glorious sighting of a great acrobat of the sky, the Red Kite. The story of the recovery this magnificent bird that was so close to extinction is quite extraordinary. Just before the millennium there were fewer than 30 breeding pairs of the kites that have a distinctive red hue and spectacularly fanned forked tail. There are now estimated to be more that 5OO breeding pairs and they have spiralled across the skies to colonise territory extending to Llanelli’s coast and beyond. It is a magnificent story of man’s intervention paying great dividends for the cause of nature and there is a chance for you to experience the breathtaking sight of these masters of soaring space at the Red Kite feeding station in the quaint village of Llanddeusant. From the security of a specially built hide you can see the birds compete for food naturally provided by the feeding centre several times through the year.

Heritage Centre support

Llandovery Heritage Centre

Heritage Centre

Before you take to them thar hills Llandovery Heritage Centre is a must visit. It is a perfectly located and source of information to help you discover the western and central areas of the Brecon Beacons National Park and networked Visit Wales Centre. The range of services includes bed booking and displays afford the opportunity to soak up the town’s heritage.

A splashing experience

Llandovery Swimming Pool

Llandovery Swimming Pool

Sauna’s, Jacuzzi and fully qualified staff running the modern Llandovery swimming pool have made a family destination for those wanting to enjoy a splashing, relaxing experience. Feeling more energetic, then be sure to ask staff for their programme of activities which includes aqua aerobics.