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North American visitors explore their Welsh roots

An enthusiastic group of visitors from Canada and the United States enjoyed discovering their Welsh connections on a tailor-made tour with Janet Redler Travel & Tourism.

Group_photo_at_William_Morgan_house.jpgOur Welsh Heritage Tour visited the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan

After immersing themselves in Welsh language and culture at the unique Nant Gwytheyrn residential centre on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales, our group set out to explore the landscapes and heritage of North Wales.

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One of the best ways to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park is by train and the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways operates two wonderful heritage lines. Our travellers chose to do it in style with afternoon tea in first class! 

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The next stop was Ty’n Llwyfan, on the rugged coast of North Wales, learning all about sheep farming and handling sheepdogs with well-known farmer and Welsh TV personality Gareth Wyn Jones. Gareth’s family have farmed at Ty’n Llwyfan for 350 years and Gareth is passionate about farming in a sustainable way. Gareth delights in sharing his passion with visitors from all over the world and, as the following videos show, our group had a wonderful time!

Speaking about the visit to Ty’n Llwyfan, Janet Redler, Chief Executive of Janet Redler Travel & Tourism, said: "The instinct and aptitude for sheep management must be in the genes of everyone of Welsh descent. That seems to be true of our Welsh travellers from North America. Thank you, Gareth, for bringing it out today!!”

Eisteddfod.jpg2019 National Eisteddfod at Llanrwst

Our Welsh Heritage Tour coincided with the National Eisteddfod, the annual celebration of Welsh language and culture, which takes place in a different part of Wales each year. This year it was in Llanrwst, a pretty little town on the banks of the River Conwy, close to the edge of Snowdonia. A visit to the Eisteddfod was an opportunity for our guests to experience a unique Welsh institution!

One of the final stops on the tour was Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant (pictured at the beginning of this article), the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, who translated the first published Welsh bible. Our group was fascinated to see on display at the farmhouse an original of the bible that Bishop Morgan translated, which proved to be an important step in helping to preserve the Welsh language and boosting literacy among ordinary Welsh people.

If you or your group would like to enjoy a tailor-made heritage tour of Wales, exploring the history, landscapes and culture of the country - and perhaps discovering your own Welsh roots - please do contact our friendly team today. 

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