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Set in Carmarthenshire, on the western edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, Carreg Cennen Castle is the most splendidly sited castle in Wales.

The castle’s most appealing feature is its high location. Perched on a great limestone crag three hundred feet above the River Cennen, its dramatic silhouette dominates the skyline for miles around.

From the car park and farm a path climbs sharply upwards, with astonishing views towards the lines of the Black Mountain. The highlights of a visit are the views down into the valley.

Today, the castle is privately owned and managed by Margaret & Bernard Llewellyn. They are also managing the Farm at Carreg Cennen. The main stock on the Farm are the herd of prize-winning Longhorn Cattle.


The best way to enjoy the Tywi and Cennen Valleys is on foot.

A short 3,5-mile circular walk around the castle will provide superb views of the castle and the surrounding landscape. You can extend this walk to a 5,5-mile circular walk towards Swallow Hole.

On both routes you can join the Beacons Way.

The Beacons Way is the official trail of the Brecon Beacons National Park, passing east-west for 98 miles through major ranges of the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountain.