Off the main tourist track, there’s an opportunity to really ‘get away from it all’ in this part of the Teifi Valley and to get to know rural West Wales.
As with many settlements in the area, Llandysul has Iron Age roots and its church dates back to the 13th century. The townsfolk were supporters of Owain Glyndwr, who had associations with the town, and Henry IV confiscated his lands from the surrounding area in the early 15th century. During the Civil War, Royalist troops defending Ceredigion from the Parliamentarian Army pulled down one of the arches in the bridge over the River Teifi to prevent the Parliamentarian advance. Moving on from those turbulent centuries, Llandysul and the surrounding area developed with the Welsh woollen industry; the fast-flowing waters of the Teifi and other rivers and streams powering the woollen mills. There’s little left of the industry that saw the town thrive during the 19th century and yet there’s a charm to the town that makes it worthy of a visit. Many of the visitors to Llandysul come for the river. There’s great fishing on the River Teifi, with salmon, trout, and sewin (sea trout) all to be found. The river is also a great place for canoeing and kayaking. There’s an active canoeing centre in Llandysul and other activities such as climbing and coasteering in nearby Cardigan Bay can be arranged. Although the mills of the 19th century are all gone, harps are made in Llandysul by Teifi Harps, a not for profit community enterprise, and it is possible to arrange a workshop tour to see how these traditional Welsh instruments are made. Not far from Llandysul, and perhaps not something you’d traditionally associate with Wales, Ceredigion’s own craft gin distillery Da Mhile can be found nestled in the countryside. Explore the Teifi Valley by steam train on the Teifi Valley Railway or browse the beautiful glass landscapes and jewellery of Moriath Glass.
ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK
In Llandysul itself you’ll find the Kings Arms Hotel and the Gwesty’r Porth Hotel in what was once a coaching inn. Stay at one of the many B&Bs in the area, such as Cefnllech-Clawdd or Nantgwynfaen Organic Farm at Croeslan, or book into the Lamb of Rhos nearby. For campers, there’s Pant y Meillion.In the town, enjoy Chinese food at Dan I Sang, attached to the Kings Arms Hotel. The area around Llandysul is packed with great places to eat – The Daffodil at Penrhiwllan is worth a visit and you’ll find the chef cooking up a storm at The Gwarcefel Arms. There are also a number of cheese producers in the area, including renowned Caws Teifi – find them next door to the Da Mhile distillery…
NEED TO KNOW
Getting to Llandysul: Llandysul is bypassed by the A486 New Quay road, from the A484 from Carmarthen, and the A475 from Newcastle Emlyn.
Parking: There is a pay and display car park on Church Street.
Public Transport: There are buses between Llandysul and Pencader and to Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn.
Llandysul Angling Association http://www.fishing-in-wales.com/
Llandysul Paddlers Outdoor Education Centre http://www.llandysul-paddlers.org.uk/home/index.htm 01559 363209
Teifi Harps https://www.teifiharps.com/ 01559 363222
Da Mhile http://www.damhile.co.uk/ 01239 851528
Caws Teifi http://www.teificheese.co.uk/ 01239 851528
Teifi Valley Railway http://www.teifivalleyrailway.wales/ 01559 371077
Moriath Glass http://moriathglass.co.uk/ 01559 371585
The Daffodil http://www.thedaffodilinn.co.uk/ 01559 370343
Gwarcefel Arms http://gwarcefel.co.uk/ 01559 363126
Kings Arms Hotel
Gwesty’r Porth Hotel http://www.porthhotel.co.uk/
The Lamb of Rhos http://www.thelambofrhos.co.uk/ 01559 370055
Cefnllech-Clawdd B&B http://www.cefnllech-clawdd.com/ 01559 370995
Nantgwynfaen Organic Farm B&B http://www.organicfarmwales.co.uk/
Pan y Meillion http://www.welshcampsite.co.uk/ 07827 919270/ 07900 827798
Ceridwen Centre http://ceridwencentre.co.uk/