things to do in Carmarthenshire
To the west of Black Mountain, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Dolaucothi Arms is a perfect base for some hill walking. From gentle walks through riverside woodland to hill-bagging the high points in the Beacons. And if you want to avoid the crowds on Pen-y Fan, we are right in the tranquil Cambrian Mountains, with great walks for all abilities right on our doorstep.
You may like to hire a professional walk leader for either a half or full days walk exploring the beauty and hidden delights of the Upper Tywi Valley or the wild uplands around Llyn Brianne. One of our bar staff team, Neal, who is also a guided walk leader for Wales Outdoors can create bespoke walks to ensure you make the most of your time spent in this outstanding local area. Do let us know, preferably in advance if you would be interested in using this service and we can provide cost and further information.
Nearly all of us here love hill walking, though our family of pugs prefer the shorter distances! We can help you plan a walk just to exercise your dog or a whole day in the hills with a great place for a lunchtime break.
Click on the video to follow Clare, one of the owners, as she crosses the road outside and heads into our local woods and hills. Why not try the whole Cambrian Mountains Legs 11 series of walks?
For details of other walks click here.
Just across the main road from the Dolaucothi Arms, there is a wonderful mixture of gravelly forest trails, and mostly deserted single track roads winding through the Cambrian Mountains. Ok, there may be a little bit of grass in the centre of the tarmac, but that’s a small price to pay for the beauty and tranquillity of the surroundings. There is something here for every level and type of cyclist. From difficult forest tracks to the tough hill climb that is the Devil’s Staircase, on the Beulah to Tregaron Road near Dolgoch. One of our favourites is the 25-mile route around the Llyn Brianne Reservoir - stunning views and a chance to stop off and visit our friends who own the Towy Bridge Inn.
We’d love to see you. Whether you simply stop off for some refreshment, and much needed fuel for the next challenge, or stay with us so that you can truly explore this beautiful area.
The Dolaucothi Arms has fishing rights to the River Twrch and Cothi. The River Cothi (Dolaucothi beat) at Pumsaint is over 4 miles of double-bank fishing for abundant wild brown trout, salmon and sewin (sea trout). The stretch includes the junction pool with the River Twrch. There is also access to another 2 miles downstream in conjunction with a local angling club. Day Fishing Passes can be purchased from the pub for £10.
More information on best spots and times to visit from Fishing Passport at www.fishingpassport.co.uk/fishing/towy/dolaucothi
Obviously, visiting the National Trust Gold Mines is essential. They are almost on our doorstep. However, there is a lot more to do and see around and about us. Here are some ideas:
National Trust Dolaucothi Gold Mines - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dolaucothi-gold-mines
Tour the Roman Mines and the Victorian mines and try your hand at panning for gold!
National Trust Dinefwr, Llandeilo - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr
Substantial ruins of Dinefwr Castle, Dinefwr Park and Newton House
Aberglasney Gardens – www.aberglasney.org
Aberglasney Gardens is one of the finest gardens in Wales and a great family day out
Talley Abbey – www.cadw.gov.wales/daysout/talleyabbey
Twelfth century remains of a Premonstratensian Abbey. Founded for the Premonstratensian order by the Lord Rhys, between 1184 and 1189
Carreg Cennen Castle - www.carregcennencastle.com
Perched high on a rocky hill, Carreg Cennen has a wild and romantic location with Black Mountain as a backdrop. Near the village of Trap in the Brecon Beacons National Park, it’s only a 30-minute drive from The Dolaucothi Arms and is worth a visit.
Dylan Thomas Trail
We are less than an hour away from Laugharne, where Thomas and Caitlin lived at Sea View and finally the famous Boat House for the last 4 years of his life. The couple were subject to big fluctuations in their wealth and lived with friends around the area for many years – including stays near Lampeter and New Quay on the coast. The Dolaucothi Arms is perfectly placed as a base for exploring Dylan Thomas Country.
Llanddeusant Red Kite Feeding Station - www.redkiteswales.co.uk
Set in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and only 30 minutes away from us by car, this is a wonderful place to get a close look at these beautiful birds. They are fed every day at 3.00pm BST and 2.00pm when the clocks go back. The hide offers great photo opportunities and cover from the weather.
Llyn Brianne Reservoir
Nestled in the Doethie Valley and surrounded by the beautiful Tywi Forest the reservoir was named after a stream, Nant y Bryniau, which in English translates to ‘stream in the hills’. This picturesque body of water is the head of the River Tywi and was designed to control the flow to enable consistent water extraction further downstream. The dam is 299 feet high and 951 feet long
Lampeter is a historic market and university town in the heart of the Teifi Valley, Ceredigion, Wales. It’s a small town, but home to the University of Wales Trinity St David, the Welsh Quilt Centre and one of Wales’ oldest rugby clubs
On a hill above the Tywi, with an attractive 19th century bridge over the river, this is a pretty and historic market town that marks the westernmost edge of the Beacons National Park. Like Llandovery, a town that has resisted the march of national retail brands that have pasteurised the town centres of Britain
A pretty market town on the River Tywi with many independent shops and pubs. There are castle ruins and the Darth Vader like memorial to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan who was executed by Henry IV for supporting Owain Glyndwr’s rebellion. The public school Llandovery College is a famous nursery for Welsh Rugby internationals and, along with the University of Wales at Lampeter and Neath Rugby Club, founders of the Welsh Rugby Union
The Cardigan bay offers some attractive and largely unspoilt villages and small towns, with lovely beaches and always the possibility of spotting a bottle nosed dolphin group playing in the bay. You will often find us in New Quay on a day off!