With the dramatic scenery, wild landscapes and beautiful beaches, it comes as no surprise that Wales is somewhat of a haven for romantics. From blustery cliffs, to medieval castles, if you’re planning to ask the big question during a break in Wales, we’ve put together a few of our favourite spots that are bound to impress. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here’s 10 places not far from our romantic holiday cottages in Snowdonia, perfect for you to get down on one knee!
This magical place is a great spot for romantic picnics in the summer time, when the weather is fine, or for an exhilarating adventure in wild conditions. The rolling dunes, jagged rock formations and historical context makes it a fabulous place to ask the big question. The name ‘Llanddwyn’ means ‘the church of St Dwynwen’, who is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, making it extra special if your other half has any Welsh heritage.
On the outskirts of Cardiff, this castle looks like something from a fairy tale, making it the perfect place to pop the big question to your significant other and get your happily ever after. Resting upon ancient foundations, Castell Coch, or Red Castle, is relatively modern and a fantastic place to explore with someone you love. The extravagant design and spectacular architecture make it one of the most romantic settings in the country and the historical context makes it all the more mysterious.
A beach with an undeniable ‘wow’ factor, this bay encompasses golden sands, crystal clear waters, dunes and pine trees to make what is often likened to a Caribbean beach. The bay is isolated, with the nearest car park being around half a mile away, meaning that there are no facilities. But this helps to further contribute to the romantic vibes of the place. A proposal at sunset on one of the best beaches in Britain is bound to impress!
This small village in the Brecon Beacons National Park is a must-visit during your time in Wales, thanks to the cascading waterfalls and mysterious caves nestled next to the river. The views around this area are quite simply breath-taking and the lush, enchanting woodlands create the perfect romantic setting. A walk around all the caves and waterfalls before ending with a proposal will be the perfect way to finish the day!
The picturesque beachside village of Portmeirion was created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis who wanted to prove that you can develop a site of natural beauty without ruining it. The village is nestled amongst scenic surroundings and charming woodland gardens and the iconic architecture makes for great photo opportunities. The village also hosts an award-winning spa, so perhaps calm your nerves beforehand with a couple’s treatment!
The rich history of Carew Castle and Tidal Mill spans over 2,000 years and tells many a story of knights, kingmakers and Civil War devastation. The stunning location, overlooking a 23-acre millpond only furthers the romantic vibes associated with the settlement and there are several spots that you can stop at for a romantic picnic, with extensive views of both the castle and the millpond. If your partner is a history buff, there’s no better place to pop the question than here.
This beautiful, glacially formed lake in Snowdonia is one of the most romantic spots in Wales, combining peaceful waters, mighty mountains and a diverse range of nature. On the southern banks you’ll find the busy yet quaint village of Llanberis, a great spot to stop for a bite to eat and observe Welsh lifestyles with a bit of people watching. The Padern Country park isn’t far away and leaves plenty of opportunities for you to explore. An idyllic location to make that special someone yours forever.
The first beach to be awarded ‘Britain’s Best Beach’ two years in a row, there’s a reason this prestigious bay is so well-received. Over three miles of golden sands stretch endlessly, including the Worm’s Head, a famous landmark in the Gower. Gaze out to sea, hand in hand, keeping your eyes peeled for a pod of playful dolphins. Should you be lucky enough for one to appear, little beats the magic of a proposal in this setting, in front of the onlooking pod.
One of the greatest monastic ruins in Wales, Tintern Abey is located right next to the border to Gloucestershire. The spot has been the inspiration for famous writers such as William Wordsworth and remains a spot of beauty and mystery today. Head up for a picnic and have the place to yourself for one of the most unique places to ask that all important question.
Llyn y Fan Fach
Llyn Y Fan Fach, once you’ve worked out how to say it, is a great spot for a romantic walk with a twist at the end. The ten-hector lake on the northern margin of the Black Mountain in Camarthenshire, has a certain wildness about it, perhaps reflected in the folklore connected with the area based around a slightly strange story of a woman who rose from the lake and a man who fell in love, but don’t let that put you off! This spot has panoramic views across gorgeous countryside, and makes for a brilliant post-engagement picture for social media!
So there are our top 10 spots in Wales to propose to your significant other in 2017. Any of these places are romantic destinations for that all-important request, but be sure to think about your special someone and which they would like the best, to show you have truly considered their feelings throughout. If none of these take your fancy, head on down for your holiday to Wales and wait until the moment feels right!
Photo credit: Erik Byers