"The County not just the Town"
The county of Carmarthenshire in West Wales is one of the larger Counties of this small country - a land of geographical contrasts - mountains, rivers, lakes, coast - all reflected in the diverse scenery of the County.
Dramatic landscapes, beautiful river valleys, woodlands and ancient archeological remains and castles can all be found here.
It is a green and lush land where agriculture is still an important activity.
The county has less than 50 miles of coast but has been awarded over 40 Blue Flag beaches.
Steeped in history - King Arthur and Merlin left their traces here; later, the Normans quickly made their way to the area from Battle and Hastings after William the Conqueror's successful invasion and within 30 years built the castle at Carmarthen in 1094.
Now the County town, administrative centre and principal shopping place Carmarthen is served by a mainline train lines to Swansea, Cardiff,London the north of England and Scotland. There is also a national coach service on which all residents of Wales over 60 may travel free anywhere in the country.
Like so much of Wales, Carmarthenshire is a very popular, but largely undiscovered, holiday destination. Sometimes known as the Garden of Wales it has attractions that appeal to people of all ages and interests - not least the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the restored lost garden at Aberglasney.
"Where is it?"
On this outline map of Wales you can see Carmarthenshire as the bright green area in the south west.