Places to Visit

A spectacular drive from Kilsby to Abergwesyn and the upper Irfon Valley takes you via the Devil’s Staircase, past the reservoir Lynne Brianne and then down the majestic Tywi Valley to Llandovery, 11 miles away. Builth Wells hosts the excellent Wyeside Arts Centre for cinema and live performances. The Roman Gold Mines at Dolaucothi only 30 minutes away are exceptional. The RSPB nature reserves of Dinas and Gwernffrwd offer lovely short walks and the Dan-yr-Ogof showcaves are a great hit with youngsters. The Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth is accessible for a day trip as are the beautiful beaches of Cardigan bay and the West Coast.

Kilsby sits in the south east corner of the Cambrian Mountains, within walking distance of Lynne Brianne and a short drive to the Elan Valley. The National Botanic Garden of Wales and the beautiful Aberglasny Gardens are 35 miles away. The National Trust’s Abergwesyn Common is on the doorstep and only slightly further there are a number of Norman castles including Llandovery, Dinefwr, Carreg Cennen and Dryswyn. (Middle + Right images by Sue Cooper)
There are two Red Kite feeding and viewing sites, one at Gigrin Farm at Rhayader and another at the Nant-Y-Arian Forestry Centre, where you will see spectacular numbers of these birds in close proximity. North west of here is Devil’s Bridge where there are magnificant natural waterfall walks and the start of one of the great little trains of Wales. The Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway offers stunning views on the way to the coast at Aberystwyth and back. (Images by Sue Cooper)
The Pembrokeshire coast is a 90 minute drive away and offers magnificent cliff-top walks and the opportunity to see magnificant sea-bird colonies, seals and dolphins.