48 Hours in West Wales by Girl About West Wales

By Jessica Gudgeon – 10th February 2020

A weekend in West Wales

West Wales is one of the best places to go exploring outdoors. We have the best of both worlds; the coast and the countryside. From quaint seaside towns with trinket shops and fish markets to the green rolling hills, breathtaking waterfalls and country pubs. There’s always something to do and see all year round! 
Let me take you on a 48-hour tour of West Wales!

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Friday lunchtime in West Wales:

The Harbour Master in Aberaeron is a very unique boutique hotel. It’s also home to an award-winning restaurant used by both tourists and locals. It’s one of those places we go if we really want to treat ourselves.  Overlooking the harbour, the views from the HM are stunning all year round.



After checking in here, you can treat yourself to some fresh local seafood in the bar-restaurant. I always go for the calamari or the seafood risotto. Or if you prefer something a little more traditional you can also opt for a gourmet burger or steak!


Friday Afternoon in West Wales:

After a delicious lunch at the Harbour Master, you can walk around Aberaeron and marvel at its beautiful trinket shops hosting local produce and gifts. You can have a go at crabbing along the harbour or have a walk down on the rocky beach. Don’t forget to check out the Fish Market.


Friday Evening in West Wales:

After all that fresh sea air you’ve probably worked up an appetite again! I recommend the newly refurbished restaurant and bar The Hive. Serving their homemade honey ice cream by day, and food off the grill by night you can’t go wrong with their hearty, good food.


Saturday Morning in West Wales:

Located just outside Aberaeron is The Moody Cow Welsh Kitchen and Farm Shop. They serve impressive Full Welsh Breakfasts (all day!) using their own farm produce and you can pick up the local produce from the on-site Farm Shop. There’s a small indoor play area for children and an outdoor sandpit and play area for the sunnier days. The restaurant has scenic views over the lake where you can watch the local wildlife. They also boast an impressive caravan park with hot tub pitches overlooking the lake and cwtch cabins for a romantic night away.



After breakfast, you can explore the nearby National Trust site Llanerchaeron (see my other blog about this villa). And take the dog and kids on a walk around the river.




Saturday Lunchtime in West Wales:

Heading north a little, Aberystwyth (known to locals as ‘Aber’) is a unique seaside town, which feels like you’re stepping back in time.

The Little Devil’s Cafe on Terrace Road boasts inventive coffees like the Green Matcha and Charcoal Lattes! You can enjoy a delicious lunch but they also bake the most impressive cakes and cater for Gluten Free, bonus!



After lunch, you can walk along the seafront. Aber often provides small rides for children here and there are pit stops along the way for coffee and other refreshments. Pop into the Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum and learn about the history of the area.



Saturday Afternoon in West Wales:

Get a steam train from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge with the Vale of Rheidol Railway, where you will be told the ghastly folk tales about this eerie place and its history. Have a walk around the waterfalls here. Note: there are lots of steps on the full waterfall route but you can opt for a shorter route if you have children or elderly with you, or if you just fancy an easy walk.



Southbound, you can head towards Carmarthen where you can explore the castle in the town centre (free entry and good for the kids’ to run around). Visit the shops, grab a coffee in Coffee#1 and enjoy the hustle and bustle.


If you don’t like the town centre vibe you can visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales where you can explore the beautiful gardens and visit the bird of prey centre! Don’t forget to visit the gift shop on your way out, providing quality, local products.



Saturday Evening in West Wales:

Carmarthen is great for a Saturday night; you can visit the up-and-coming cocktail bars such as Lorenzo’s and Nott’s Bar and you can get some grub at Florentino’s serving till late. There’s a buzz about the place in Carmarthen on a Saturday night. So get dressed up and get the cocktails in!

If you prefer a more intimate vibe on your Saturday night, visit The Warren. It’s a smaller restaurant with a sustainable twist serving wholesome, local produce.



Sunday Morning in West Wales:

Visit Cardigan today! Have breakfast at Crest then take a look around the town and market. Have a walk along one of the many beaches. You can visit In the Welsh Wind Distillery for some Gin tasting!

Or if you need some relaxation after the busy weekend you can book yourself into the Cliff Hotel & Spa at Cardigan Bay. They offer great spa day packages and treatments. Perfect for some R&R.



5 amazing places to stay in West Wales:


1:  Castle Hotel in Llandovery – https://castle-hotel-llandovery.co.uk/

2: Cawdor in Llandeilo – https://www.thecawdor.com/

3: Falcondale in Lampeter – https://www.thefalcondale.co.uk/

4: The Plough at Rhosmaen – https://www.ploughrhosmaen.com/

5: The Cliff Hotel in Gubbert – https://www.cliffhotel.com/

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