The area of Llandysul is strongly Welsh-speaking and is one of the bastions of the Welsh language in Wales. Indeed, the secondary school at Llandysul is a Welsh-medium school, with an excellent academic record, of which it is justly proud. It attracts pupils from a wide area of South Ceredigion, since it is the only purely Welsh-medium Secondary school serving the region.
The River Teifi, sometimes written as River Tivy in English, but always as Afon Teifi in Welsh, is noted for its good fishing. The fish on offer are wild Atlantic salmon, brown trout and sewin or sea trout. Sewin is the name used in Welsh and English for the wonderful sea trout in Welsh-speaking Wales. Many people even prefer its taste to Teifi salmon .... and that is both world-famous and mouth-watering! Try a small fresh sewin from the Teifi, weighing up to about three pounds. You won't ever taste a nicer fish!
Both sewin and salmon from the Teifi are absolutely delicious, with totally different flavours. If you have only ever eaten rather bland farmed salmon, you should try genuine Teifi salmon, fresh from the sea. You won't want to eat farmed salmon ever again!!
Llandysul is an excellent base for a fishing holiday on the Teifi. Llandysul Angling Association, founded in 1948, owns over 23 miles of fishing on the Teifi and leases a further 7 miles of the river.
Another popular river past-time in the Llandysul area is white-water canoeing.
There are Grade 2 to 3 rapids for over one kilometre on the River Teifi at Llandysul.
National slalom ranking events take place here from May to October. Participation in this sport is on the increase.
The oldest building in Llandysul is the Church of St Tysul, which dates from the 13th century. However, it stands on an ancient foundation named after the Welsh saint, Saint Tysul, who founded it in the 6th century.
St Tysul was the grandson of Ceredig, the ruler who gave his name to the kingdom, now the county, of Ceredigion.
The Anglicised form, Cardigan, also derives from the name Ceredigion.
St Tysul was also the first cousin of St David, the patron saint of Wales, whose cathedral is located in St Davids, on the north-west coast of Pembrokeshire.
In the choir vestry of St Tysul Church, is an important collection of early Christian inscribed stones, including the Velvor Stone, commemorating Velvoria, daughter of Brohomaglus.
This ancient stone is inscribed in both Latin and Ogham, the ancient
The Teifi Valley, and the Llandysul area, in particular, is the home of the
Welsh woollen industry.
The proximity of large tracts of upland sheep-grazing land and several rapidly-flowing streams, which could be utilised for driving water mills, made this a natural place for woollen manufacturing in the past.
A number of these traditional
woollen mills survive outside the town. They make wonderful, high quality, woollen
blankets, rugs, purses, scarves, hats and other items of clothing, in traditional Welsh
colourful patterns and designs and are in great demand all over the world, especially amongst Welsh ex-patriates, wanting a reminder of Wales.
Quality items from one of the best woolen mills in the Llandysul area can be obtained from the craft shop at the tourist attraction of Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, Gwbert, Cardigan [see cardiganisland.com], on the coast of Cardigan Bay, about 20 miles from Llandysul. They are beautiful, traditional Welsh products at a remarkably low, value-for-money price.
In the past, Llandysul also had factories making flannel shirts, although these are now closed.
The town has several popular public houses and one or two very good hotels in which to stay.
It also has a Leisure Centre, where numerous and varied activities take place, and a public swimming pool.
Llandysul Food Fair is held in June, each year, in Parc Llandysul in the town. Local foods, such as farmhouse cheeses, meat products and even tasty, toffee-filled waffles, made in the area, are show-cased here.
Llandysul Agricultural Show is held here at the beginning of September. It is a wonderful, very interesting day out, with plenty of activities and animals to see.
A cattle market is also held in the town once a fortnight.
This is an important agricultural area, especially for dairy and livestock farming. There is a mozzarella cheese factory, supplying the pizza industry world-wide, at Newcastle Emlyn, a little further down the Teifi from Llandysul.
Not far away, in the other direction, is the small market town of Llanybydder, which holds
regular horse and pony sales. These Horse Fairs are famous amongst equine enthusiasts
throughout the UK.
Ceredigion is not only noted for its Welsh Mountain Ponies, it is also the home of the magnificent, stronger Welsh Cob, which has gone on to strut its stuff all over the world!
Llandysul is a good centre for exploring a wide area of Wales. Not far to the east are
the superb, empty Cambrian Mountains, home of the Red Kite; to the south-east are
the even more beautiful Brecon Beacons; to the south are the rolling green fields of
Carmarthenshire and the seven mile long sandy beach at Pendine; to the south-west
lies Pembrokeshire, with its beautiful rugged National Park coast-line and much closer, to
the west, lies the equally beautiful Cardigan Bay coast, with its attractive seaside villages, such as Gwbert, Aberporth, Tresaith, Penbryn, Llangrannog and New Quay, with their lovely sandy beaches. The seaside towns of Aberaeron and Aberystwyth are not far to the north of New Quay.
It is at Gwbert that a resident colony of Atlantic Grey Seals can be viewed from the safely-fenced cliffs of Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park [see www.cardiganisland.com].
Cardigan Bay's bottlenose dolphins are also frequent visitors to the waters around
Cardigan Island and can be viewed frequently from Spring through to Autumn from the
cliffs of the farm park. They often patrol for fish within 200 yards of the cliffs and can be
seen clearly without binoculars. Their visits are impossible to predict, but days when the
sea is calm are the best.
The sheltered bay on the north side of Cardigan Island
Coastal Farm Park is always calm if the wind comes from a prevailing southerly or
Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park is only a 30 minute drive from Llandysul. It is a great day out.
So a holiday in the Llandysul area can combine the pleasures of the river, mountains and sea and all their wildlife!!
Plus priceless peace and quiet, away from the hurly-burly of motorways and crowded cities!!