Has the passport office put the kibosh on your summer plans? Tearing your hair out that you won’t be jetting off to come far flung sandy beach for some much needed R and R and a spot of wildlife watching? Seems like everyone’s telling us that ‘staycations’ are the way to go, but in Ceredigion you really can have a fantastic summer holiday without hopping on that plane to Spain, or that ship to Split, or that car to Hvar, or that ferry to Derry…
Sad that you’re missing out on some dolphin potting? Never fear, because west Wales is home to Europe’s single biggest pod of bottlenose dolphins, not to mention grey seals, porpoise, whales, basking sharks, leatherback turtles plus a whole menagerie of other species. If you head out for a boat trip with wildlife experts A Bay to Remember, you’re likely to spot many of these, while also being able to take in the breathtaking beauty of the Welsh coast.
Like many of you, you might have wanted to abandon Britain simply to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Lucky for you, accommodation providers Under the Thatch offer a host of remote options where you’ll be lucky even to get a phone signal. Our favourites include Ty Twt, a designer barn conversion just outside of Aberaeron, Ty’r Gof the quaint little renovated cottage and Cuddfan, a barn conversion owned by an architect, so you know it’ll look great! Plenty more options on the website:
Bag yourself an absolute bargain
Maybe you bagged yourself a bargain and you’re worried you’ll encounter hiked-up prices by staying in the UK? Lucky for you, you can pay a visit to Penllwyn Cottages and get 10% all dates in July. Cei Newydd sleeps four and Mwnt is an ideal retreat for two, and both are ideally situated to explore the Taste trail of Ceredigion, venture to Cardigan bay for dolphin spotting and experience some of the vibrant New Quay or Aberaeron!
Did you like the idea of whisking yourself off to some far flung land in search of a cocktail you’d never tasted before? Why not do the environment a favour and save yourself the flight by supping on a unique coastal cocktail including gin made using actual seaweed! The Da Mhile distillery is famous for developing one of the first completely organic whiskeys in the world, but this year they outdid themselves by releasing a seaweed gin. Learn more by taking a tour of the distillery.
Spotting film and television locations
Iceland has made a huge deal of Game of Thrones being filmed there, while New York has long since been a staple for lovers of Hollywood blockbusters. But if you stay right here in Ceredigion, you could see loads of filming locations for the TV sensation that is Hinterland, not to mention Die Another Day (Penbryn beach) and Edge of Love (New Quay). You could even visit the National Sound and Screen Archive at the National Library of Wales.