Just across the road from the Dolaucothi Arms is the Dolaucothi Estate with several waymarked walks, including one which takes you to the Gold Mine where you can go on guided tours of both the Roman and Victorian mine workings, or stay on the surface and view the exhibits, pan for gold, or just enjoy a drink and a snack from the cafe.
The Dolaucothi Arms owns the fishing rights to four miles of the Cothi river so if you enjoy angling visit our fishing page to find out more.
Ten minutes drive towards Llandeilo brings you to the village of Talley with the ruins of Talley Abbey, a beautiful view of the lake and walks through the woodlands. Next to the abbey ruins you will find St. Michael’s church.
Continue on to Llandeilo (25 mins from the pub) and you can visit another National Trust property – Dinefwr castle (12th century) and estate with
Newton House, 18th Century mansion. When we visited we had a fascinating guided tour of the house which included a visit to the roof with some great views.
About four and a half miles from Lllandeilo is Carreg Cennen castle with its spectacular hilltop location.
Forty-five minutes from the Dolaucothi Arms is the Gwili Steam Railway.
Drive north west from the pub for 15mins and you can visit Lampeter, home of the University of Wales Lampeter which was established in 1822 and is apparently the oldest degree-awarding institution in England and Wales apart from Oxford and Cambridge. The Lampeter Food Festival will be on On 23rd July 2016 – well worth a visit! Lampeter has some great shops, including Calico Kate ‘an Aladdin’s Cave for patchworkers, dressmakers, knitters and many related crafts’.
Carry on and just 35mins from the Dolaucothi Arms is Aberaeron and the sea. Aberaeron is a picturesque coastal town. Nearby is Llanerchaeron, another National Trust estate with house, walled gardens and home farm.
The Llandovery Sheep Festival (just 20mins drive away) is usually the last weekend in September. There will be a lot more happening than just sheep!
Fifty minutes east of us is the town of Brecon in the north of the Brecon Beacons National Park.