North Wales Regional Overview
A brief insight into North Wales!
There are a lot of sheep in North Wales. An awful lot of sheep. But that is a good thing because it means there is also a lot of countryside, and where there is countryside there tends to be golf courses. And there are also a lot of very good golf courses in North Wales - and places with unpronounceable names, but more of that later.
North Wales is a short drive from Manchester Airport, and you don’t need a passport to cross from England over the Welsh border. The region is steeped in history and was for almost 1,000 years known as the Kingdom of Gwynedd. The mountainous stronghold of Snowdonia formed the nucleus of that realm and would become the last part of an independent Wales — only overcome in 1283.
To this day it remains a stronghold of the Welsh language (far more so than in the south) and a center for Welsh national and cultural identity. Almost all signs are in both Welsh and English, and some locals are reluctant to speak English. But don't worry, they will soon open up when they hear an American accent. They may be reserved, but they are friendly and welcoming.
Mount Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales and is well worth a look - there is even a cafe at the summit!
The coast features a host of traditional holiday towns, including Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Rhyl, Abersoch (which has a glorious sandy beach) and Barmouth. The pace of life can be quite sedate, so you are more likely to come across sandcastles, candy floss and Punch and Judy, sailing and windsurfing than bright, flashing lights and packed-out night clubs.
Wherever you stop to rest your weary head you will be able to find a welcoming pub and a restaurant serving good, wholesome Welsh food.
There are lots of places worth visiting and these include Harlech Castle, Llangollen (pronounced Clangollen), Portmeirion, where the cult TV series The Prisoner was filmed and a must on any trip to this part of the world, Caernarfon Castle (Carnarvon), Conwy Castle (Conway), Llechwedd slate caverns (Clekwed), Great Orme Tramway and Penrhyn Castle (Penrinn).
You will have worked out by now that pronunciation in Wales is a challenge. But you might like to try this one out for size. The place with longest name in Europe is Llanfair¬pwllgwyngyll¬gogery¬chwyrn¬drobwll¬llan¬tysilio¬gogo-goch. Or Llanfairpwllgwyngyll for short. And before you ask...don't!
Discover my golf reviews of the following courses that make up a truly spectacular golf tour throughout the North of Wales and are part of the Nefyn & District, Royal St David's & Aberdovey Vacation:
- Aberdovey Golf Club Review
- Abersoch Golf Club Review
- Conwy Golf Course Review
- Nefyn & District Golf Course Review
- Royal St David's Golf Course Review
Request a quote or find out more detail if you are interested in playing any of these courses as part of your golf vacation to the UK and Ireland by calling the golf experts at Golfbreaks.com TOLL FREE on 1-855-699-5853.
Royal St David's Golf Course Review
Lots of golf courses lay claim to being "the best in Wales", but this one might well be. Royal St Da...
Nefyn & District Golf Course Review
The Old Course consists of holes 1-9 (Front), which opens with four holes running parallel with and,...
Conwy Golf Course Review
If Royal St David’s is the best, Conwy runs a pretty close second. The course may be championship st...
Abersoch Golf Course Review
Originally designed by Harry Vardon, the course opened in 1908. A mixture of traditional links and p...
Aberdovey Golf Course Review
Aberdovey is another traditional links course, with Harry Colt and James Braid involved in its desig...