The tiny village of Ystrad Meurig is set amid the wild hills, woods and rivers of Ceredigion, Wales. Bordered by the barren Cambrian Mountains on one side and Cardigan Bay on the other, it is a remote region where most towns and villages have remained untouched by industry and tourism.
Ystrad Meurig is on the edge of the mountains, northwest of the ancient market town of Tregaron. Exploring the village from holiday cottages in Ystrad Meurig, you will discover a rural community with several historic homes, farm buildings and a church, but no pubs or shops, making it an idyllic base for enjoying the spectacular surrounding countryside. There are several landmarks to look out for on self-catering holidays in Ystrad Meurig, such as the remains of a grammar school which was opened in 1734, and a ruined 12th century motte and bailey castle.
Just outside the village, a short drive from Ystrad Meurig holiday cottages, Strata Florida Abbey is an enchanting site to visit. Dating back to 1164, this ruined Cistercian Abbey has many fine features, including a graceful Romanesque archway to the main nave. Eight miles south of Ystrad Meurig, Tregaron is a market town on the banks of the River Brenig. A wander around the centre is recommended, with impressive architecture and a variety of family-run businesses. The town is known for its annual eisteddfod, a festival of literature, music and performance.
Near Tregaron, there is a bog known as Cors Caron, where polecats, red kites and adders may be spotted. To the west of Ystrad Meurig, the Ceredigion coast is home to hidden coves, towering cliffs and ancient fishing villages. The Ceredigion Coast Path covers its entirety, with breathtaking views and more dolphin sightings than anywhere else in the UK. The lively university town of Aberystwyth is well worth a visit, with a variety of independent shops to explore, and a renowned arts centre.