Images of male voice
choirs and sooty miners spring to mind when one thinks of Wales, but the
mountainous principality has much to offer the traveler, including
historic ruins, breathtaking scenery and vibrant Celtic festivals. Well
known for its poets and musicians, Wales is indeed the land of
On the western shore
of Britain, Wales is separated from Ireland by the Irish Sea. As part of
the United Kingdom, Wales can offer the traveler all the first-world
comforts and conveniences, but one may easily forget the existence of the
modern world in the wilds of the Snowdonia National Park or on Skokholm
island off the Pembrokeshire coast.
Wales is a walker's
paradise, with several long, scenic trails away from the madding crowds.
For the less energetic, narrow-gauge steam railways, once used by the
mines, chug slowly up mountains allowing visitors to marvel at the scenic
wonders of the country from a Victorian carriage.
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boasts the longest place name in the world:
'Llanfairpwllgwyngll-gogerychwyrndrobwllllan-tysiliogogogoch' meaning 'St Mary's church in the hollow of the white
hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio near the red