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21 Gorgeous Photos That Prove Wales Is The Most Beautiful Country In The World

Cymru am byth. Wales forever.

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1. Castell Caerffili


Meaning: "Caerphilly Castle"

Location: Caerphilly, Caerphilly

Fun fact: The lakes surrounding the castle, which was built during the 13th century, are artificial- they were built as a defense system.

2. View from the Rheilffordd y Graig


Meaning: "Aberystwyth Cliff Railway"

Location: Aberystywth, Ceredigion

Fun fact: The Railway used to be the longest cliff railway in the British Isles.

3. Pontarfynach

Alex Liivet / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: alexmartin81

Meaning: "the bridge on the monk"

Location: Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion

Fun fact:The bridge for which the village is named is actually three bridges, each built on top of the other. The oldest was built circa the 12th century.

9. Castell Cas-gwent

Jelle Drok / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: 29850501@N06

Meaning: "Chepstow Castle"

Location: Chepstow, Monmouthshire

Fun fact: The castle was built during the reign of William I the Conquerer (1066-1087).

11. Llyn y Dywarchen


Meaning: "the Turf Lake"

Location: Rhyd Ddu, Gwynedd

Fun fact: There used to be a "floating island" in the lake that has since disappeared; it was most likely a piece of bank that had broken off.

13. Castell Cricieth

Hefin Owen / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: 47515486@N05

Meaning: "Criccieth Castle"

Location: Criccieth, Gwynedd

Fun fact: The castle was set on fire in 1404 by the forces of Owain Glyndŵr; some stones still show the scorch marks.

15. The lighthouse of Ynys Llanddwyn


Meaning: "Llanddwyn Island;" Llanddwyn means "the church of St. Dwynwen"

Location: Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey

Fun fact: St. Dwynwen is the Welsh equivalent of Saint Valentine.

16. Castell Coch

Mark Stevenson / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: mstevenson83

Meaning: "Red Castle"

Location: Cardiff, Cardiff

Fun fact: The castle was built during the 19th century on top of the remains of a 13th century establishment.

18. Three Cliffs Bay


Meaning: N/A

Location: Swansea, Swansea

Fun fact: Pennard Castle, which sits on high ground about 500 yards from the main beach, is associated with legends of fairies.

21. Craig yr Aderyn

Hefin Richards / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: hefhoover

Meaning: "bird's rock"

Location: Gwynedd

Fun fact: The feature got its name from the large number of birds that nest on the peak.

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