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Combine my favorite travel experiences and what happens? Wales. Long rambles, changing oceans, rolling fog, castles, villages, and quiet. I would love to walk all 870 miles of the coastal trail, but I imagine a holiday in Wales would naturally allow no agenda but to take it in as it comes. And that's a dream to me.
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1 Dolfor House Capel Deunant Road, Aberdaron, Pwllheli LL53 8BP, UK
The new 870-mile Wales Coast Path knits coastal wilds with the northern highlands and the eastern hill country that borders England. Here are three standout sections: The 30-mile Llyn Peninsula in northwest Wales (above) drew streams of pilgrims...
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Illanreagh, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Under the Thatch specializes in quirky accommodations scattered throughout the country, including a painted gypsy caravan in the lake district of Mid Wales, an 18th-century former gamekeeper’s cottage in Snowdonia National Park, and a former...
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This was my favorite place in Wales. Follow the signs off of the A487 highway before Newport, and you'll find yourself on a narrow little road overgrown with trees and bushes. You'll soon reach the parking area. Open the gate, and walk out into...
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National Cycle Route 8, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon LD3 7YS, UK
In rural Wales, some of the best—and often the only—accommodations are rental cottages. Among the many good networks, Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages is popular with film crews visiting Brecon Beacons National Park. A 10-person stone farmhouse...
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Libanus, Brecon LD3 8ER, UK
Up to this point in our trip through Wales, the weather had been blue skies and sunshine. While driving through the Brecon Beacons the clouds moved in and with the mist laying low in the hollows and rising out of the trees along the way it was...
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Castle Ditch, Caernarfon LL55 2AY, UK
Yes, the gorgeous country of Wales is said to be the capital of castles. It has about 400 castles, of which over 100 are still standing in impressive fashion. When you grow up in a place like Texas with a Welsh girl's name, you suddenly find...
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Borth-y-Gest, Porthmadog LL49 9TT, UK
If you're looking for a quaint, gorgeous fishing town in Wales (of which there are many of) then do yourself a favor and let Borth-Y-Gest be on your list. In terms of dining/shopping there isn't much there, but if one parks their car and wanders...