MUST SEE WALES
Wales is a small country, sharing a land border with England, but with her own language (Welsh) and cultural traditions. There is a wealth of history and more castles per head of population than anywhere else in the world. December 2016 was my first, relatively brief, visit to Wales. It is a gorgeous wee country, with beautiful countryside and coasts and a fascinating collection of country villages and inns that I'm looking forward to exploring on another, much longer visit in the future. Already there is the thought of an inn hop (different inn's each night); drinking beer and talking with the locals in the evenings; Welsh breakfasts made from locally produced food in the mornings; and visiting castles and historic countryside locations during the day. I'm also keen to try Wales during her warmer months (winter was fine, but I'm sure summer will be better!).
Being based in Edinburgh this trip, and having been in London, we decided to drive up the length of Wales and back up into Scotland. So it wasn't a long trip. We spent a night in Cardiff (didn't make it to the castle, which I'd like to see on another visit); discovered an 800-year old Abbey that my grandfathers and grandmothers would have walked in (with an amazing mansion house on the hill above); wandered the towns of our ancestors in Southern Wales; began the drive up through Welsh countryside, with another overnight stop at a country inn this time; and visited the very impressive Powis Castle...Wales is known to be the castle capital of the UK, with over 600 castles, and more per square mile than any other country in the world. While short, it was an inspiring trip.