Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Ferryside, Carmarthenshire, is a village built round a station at the mouth of the Towy estuary. Its architecture is limited to villas, a hotel or two, a Victorian church, and the main railway line to West Wales hugging the shore. But what a site! The Towy widens here, and the long line of sand-dunes guard the estuary exit. Llansteffan lies across the water, with its castle perched on the high, wooded bluff fronting the sea. Behind are the green hills. No wonder the view was a favourite subject with Morland Lewis, the distinguished Welsh painter and a follower of Sickert. Boats can be hired to cross the river at high tide. The River Towy Yacht Club stands over the railway line on the sea-front.
From Ferryside the Towy winds inland and is tidal to beyond Carmarthen. Sir Thomas Picton departed for Waterloo and his death from the now-abandoned mansion of Iscoed, 1 mile to the North. To the South, on a magnificent position overlooking the estuary, is the old Church of St Ishmael. The church is 13th century, with a saddleback roof and a fascinating mixture of porch, turrets, and building at odd levels. It is more attractive without than within. All the gravestones very correctly turn their backs to the sea, whence came the great storm that took away the upper storey of the old tower.
Inland from St Ishmael, and reached by a narrow road turning up from the Kidwelly-Ferryside coast road at Tan-y-lan, is the very Welsh village of Llansaint, full of small stone houses gathered round the heavily restored church. The main industry of the place used to be cockle-gathering, and long processions of sturdy women, their donkeys slung with enormous panniers, marched out in all weathers to the long sands at the mouth of the Towy estuary. The cockles and their gatherers are now things of the past.
Nearby towns: Burry Port, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Laugharne, St Clears
Nearby villages: Abergwili, Abernant, Derwydd, Gelliwen, Llanboidy, Llanddarog, Llandefaelog, Llandowror, Llandyry, Llanelli, Llangain, Llangendeirne, Llangunnor, Llangynin, Llansadurnen, Llansteffan, Llanwinio, Llanybri, Marros, Meidrim, Merthyr, Nantgaredig, Newchurch, Pembrey, Pendine, Pontyates, Pontyberem, Saint Ishmael, Talog
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation