Bordered by Cardigan Bay to the west, Ceredigion is a coastal county with the Cambrian Mountains covering much of the east of the county. With 50 miles of coastline boasting high quality transparent seawater and some fine sandy beaches containing over ten Seaside Awards, 5 Blue Flag Awards and 4 Green Coast Awards. It is also one of only two places in the United Kingdom with a permanent summer residence of bottlenose dolphins.
Along the varied coastline of Cardigan Bay is also the Ceredigion Coast Path which follows along the spectacular west coast of Wales. There is a wealth of wildlife, stunning scenery and picturesque villages along the route. Not forgetting the highest numbers of dolphin sightings in the UK.
There are no large scale commercial areas in the county, with Aberystwyth being the largest town. Having lived in Talsarn and New Quay the county has gained recognition of its having had connection’s with Dylan Thomas.
The main towns you can visit while in Ceredigion are Cardigan, Aberaeron, New Quay, Aberarth, Aberporth, Lampeter, Aberystwyth, Borth, Llanddewi Brefi, Llandysul, Llanilar, Llanrhystud, Penparcau and Tregaron.
The River Teifi being the largest river forms the border with Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire with part of its length. The River Rheidol and River Ystwyth both reach to the sea in Aberystwyth harbour whilst the River Aeron has its estuary at Aberaeron.
Agriculture, chiefly hill farming, and tourism are the most important industries in the county. Aberystwyth has The National Library of Wales based there, which was founded in 1907. The two universities within the county boundaries are the Aberystwyth University and Trinity Saint David, the Lampeter campus of the University of Wales.
The Cwmystwyth Mines, Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway, Ceredigion Museum Aberystwyth,
Nanteos Mansion, The Vale of Rheidol Railway, Devil's Bridge, Elvis Rock,
Hafod Estate, Llanerchaeron, The Welsh Gold Centre Tregaron,
Strata Florida Abbey, Trawsgoed and Pumlumon, the source of the rivers Severn and Wye.