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Archive for October, 2010

The town of Oban, the second largest town in Argyll, is known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. It is the largest ferry port on the West Coast of Scotland, serving Mull and the Inner and Outer Hebrides (Western Isles). Oban itself has much to offer including a whisky distillery, 18 hole golf course, whale, dolphin and seal watching trips, a sports centre, diving and sea kayak centres. As the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’, Oban has an excellent range of restaurants many of which serve freshly caught fish. There are beautiful local walks within the town taking in the surrounding countryside, waterfront and town highlights such as McCaig’s Tower which was modelled on Rome’s Coliseum and dominates the skyline – it’s worth the climb up the hill to enjoy the view. Oban and the surrounding area offers many children’s attractions if you are planning a family holiday. The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary, just up the road from Oban is a good place for children to learn about local sea life and enjoy the seals’ feeding time! There is also Oban Rare Breeds Farm Park which includes apart from a chance to see many rare breeds, a children’s interactive pets’ corner, a woodland walk as well as a tea room. Loch Etive Cruises are also worth a visit as they sail round this stunningly beautiful sea loch, which extends to the mountains of Glencoe so that you can enjoy birdwatching as well as keeping and eye out for sea life. Other attractions close to Oban include the…

Carmarthenshire is one of those counties that has a ‘bit of everything’. Bounded by the Cambrian Mountains and the famous Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Tywi Valley and the wonderful coastline to the west, it’s a visitor’s delight. There are fabulous beaches, some great fishing, wonderful gardens, flora, faunas and even the chance to visit the Dolaucothi Gold Mines in the Cothi Valley, one of sites of the UK’s gold rush! Gardening Fans Carmarthenshire is often referred to as the Garden of Wales as it is home to so many of South West Wales’ gardening and garden-orientated gems, including the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Llanarthne which has not only the world’s largest single span glass house but also the longest herbaceous border in the UK. Speed Records If gardening isn’t your thing and you are interested in British world records, Pendine Sands is where Malcolm Campbell broke three land speed records. The museum there has some of his land-speed record cars on display. Fishing Those seeking the best in salmon and river and sea brown trout fishing – families and the more serious angler alike – will enjoy a day in and around the River Teifi, reckoned to be one of the best locations in the world. Dylan Thomas Carmarthenshire is Dylan Thomas country and he captured the essence of this part of Wales in some of his writings, which inspired some of his greatest works. Carmarthen Bay has huge sweeping beaches and the verdant Vale of Towy is…