Wales: A Little Known Gem

Wales is a generally mountainous country on the western side of central southern Great Britain.   Wales is bordered by England to the east and by sea in all other directions: the Irish Sea to the north and west, St George's Channel and the Celtic Sea to the southwest and the Bristol Channel to the south.   Wales has about 1,680 miles of coastline including the mainland, Anglesey and Holyhead.  Over 50 islands lie off the Welsh mainland; the largest being Anglesey, in the north-west.  Much of Wales' diverse landscape is mountainous, particularly in the north and central regions.
 
Welsh Food: Beef and dairy cattle are raised widely. Sheep farming is extensive in the country and lamb is the meat traditionally associated with Welsh cooking, particularly in dishes such as roast lamb with fresh mint sauce. Welsh cooking often includes seafood, especially close to the coast, where fishing culture is strong and fisheries are common.  The leek, because of its role as the country's national vegetable, is also used frequently in Welsh cuisine.  One of the most popular Welsh dishes is rarebit: hot melted cheese on toast.
 
I stayed in Holyhead when I visited and had a lot of fun hiking the coastline.  I passed through pastures and rocky hillside to discover breathtaking views of the sea, the land below me, and discovered a few lighthouses along the way.