llanwrst Bridge, Snowdonia, North Wales

Wales

History and royal connections in the land of song

Wales is a country of outstanding natural beauty containing some of the most beautiful beaches in the British Isles. Look deeper to discover mountain peaks, brooding forests,  broad rivers and lakes within its national parks. Remarkable castles, abbeys, ruined mansions, great country houses, towns and cities with exceptional architecture provide huge variety. The Principality guards its Celtic heritage jealously and nowhere is this seen better than at the famous Eisteddfod in Llangollen, or in the the male voice choirs that are still such a part of the life of the country; its poetry and the fervour of the national sport of Rugby Union.

 

Welsh food, invariably organic, including beef, lamb and Caerphilly cheese, have an excellent reputation and are highly sought after. Other Welsh traditions include laverbread, consisting of boiled seaweed, Welsh Rarebit - melted cheese on toast and Welsh Cakes, also known as Griddle Scones. The Welsh language remains a fundamental part of the nationhood and is taught in schools as a living language. All the road signs and public information notices in the Principality are bi-lingual. We dare any visitors to this beautiful part of the world to try their hand at pronouncing the longest place name in Europe and the second longest place name in the world "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch"  (known as Llanfair-pwll for short), a small quiet town on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales.