Scenic Wales: Gwbert on Sea & Cardigan Bay

Staying at The Cliffs Hotel in Gwbert on Sea

5 DAYS | 13th September 2020

Join us as we explore this delectable corner of Dyfed, where the heather-clad Preseli Mountains look down across the beautiful landscape and blue waters of Cardigan Bay, the largest bay in Wales. Our hotel in Gwbert on Sea enjoys peace and quiet away from the normal tourist trail, a truly relaxing remedy to everyday life. With visits to the classic seaside towns of Aberystwyth and Fishguard, chances to explore the local marine life at Goodwick’s Ocean Lab and with a boat trip around Cardigan Bay, as well as a visit to the wonderful National Trust property of Llanerchaeron, come along and immerse yourself in the wonders of the scenic South West Welsh coast!

The Cliffs Hotel in Gwbert on Sea is situated in an idyllic setting overlooking the sea with delightful cliff path walks on the doorstep. The hotel boasts an attractive conservatory, quiet lounge, a pleasant dining room and a bar with stunning views as well as leisure facilities including an indoor pool and spa. All 76 bedrooms are en suite with TV, WiFi and courtesy tea tray.

SUNDAY
We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee en route to the bustling town of Aberystwyth, where we make our lunch stop. There is an abundance of eateries on offer for all tastes, from international cuisines to the traditional seaside fare of fish and chips. Why not take a stroll along the famous Victorian promenade? From there you can take in the sights of the harbour, the marina and the oldest pier in Wales. We will then continue by way of the scenic coastal road to Cardigan Bay and our hotel for the next four nights.

MONDAY
Our day begins with a visit to the Welsh Woollen Centre situated in the picturesque village of Dre-fach Felindre. Discover the spellbinding story of the Welsh woollen industry and the people whose lives were woven into its fate. There will be time for morning coffee before we head back to Cardigan town for lunch, a stroll around the shops and the little craft market in the Guildhall. We return to the hotel via the Welsh Wildlife Centre where we will have time for afternoon tea.

TUESDAY
After breakfast we head to the Ocean Lab and Visitors Centre in Goodwick with time for a coffee. Have a wander around the Aquarium with its wonderful aquatic displays representing the diversity of marine life found in Welsh waters. Then we head to the typical seaside town of Fishguard where we will stop for lunch. Comprised of the old harbour of Lower Town and the main town of Fishguard, perched on the cliff top, the Lower Town is a particularly picturesque village with its cluster of quayside cottages. There is a lovely collection of pubs, cafes and restaurants on offer for lunch.

WEDNESDAY
Today we venture to Llanerchaeron, where we will have time for lunch and to explore this elegant Georgian villa set in the wooded Aeron valley. Remarkably unaltered for over 200 years, this self-sufficient estate includes a farm, walled gardens and lake and is a complete example of the early work of John Nash. The walled kitchen gardens, pleasure grounds, ornamental lake and parkland offer peaceful walks, while the Home Farm complex has an impressive range of traditional outbuildings. (NT members free, non-members £9.00 approx.) In the afternoon we travel to New Quay where we have the opportunity to take a boat trip and the chance to see dolphins, porpoises, seals and other fascinating marine life along the Cardigan Bay heritage coast. (Boat trip optional – 1 hour £10.00 please confirm at the time of booking if you would like to go). Please note, depending on tidal times, the morning and afternoon itineraries for today may reverse.

THURSDAY
As we make our way home we take the scenic route calling for coffee and on to Llandrindod Wells for lunch. We continue north and aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, entrance to Coracle Centre and Ocean Labs and Visitors Centre.
£426.00 per person sharing twin/double
£40.00 single room supplement
£30.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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