Year of Legends

Let it be Legendary

It’s Wales' Year of Legends, so come and embark on a legendary adventure in Carmarthenshire, where wizards were born, incredible castles were built and battled over!

The mythical wizard Merlin was born in Carmarthen and lies buried just outside the town, while Twm Siôn Cati, used to hide from his arch nemesis in a cave in Dinas Hill, now a beautiful RSPB nature reserve. Combine legend-locating with wonderful walking at Llyn y Fan Fach, a sparkling lake in which an enchantress is said to dwell. It’s one of many tales from the Mabinogion, Britain’s earliest prose literature that unfolded in Carmarthenshire.

Discover some of our greatest stories at our impressive array of castles, from the dramatic ruins of Carreg Cennen to the fairytale towers of Kidwelly. Stop and smell the roses at one of the country’s newest legendary landmarks, the National Botanic Garden of Wales, with plenty more gardens across the region to enjoy.

Encounter legendary landscape and living heritage at historic Pendine Sands, a mecca for motor-racing enthusiasts, and explore the house of one of our most famous residents, Dylan Thomas, in Laugharne. Adrenalin-junkies can take on legendary adventure experiences from mountain bike racing in Brechfa Forest to white water rafting in the River Teifi, plus beach fun ranging from horse-riding to kite-buggying. And make sure you don’t leave without tasting our legendary food and drink, from award-winning cheeses to cakes fit for a prince!

As well as legends of the past, discover present-day icons, from blooming gardens to award-winning walking paths. Thrill-seekers will love our amazing natural playground, where activities include white water rafting, mountain biking and kite-buggying, while food-lovers will be delighted with our mouth-watering local produce, from champion cheeses to incredible ice-cream.

Carmarthenshire’s legends come in many guises, from the mighty wizard Merlin to modern-day heroes Simon Wright and Scott Davis, whose culinary magic created some of the county’s top eating experiences. Follow in the footsteps of these famous and fabled locals…