It all began here in the ancient Welsh capital! Our busy headquarters in mid-Wales sits in the heart of the Dyfi valley, an area renowned for its history and natural beauty. Thousands flock here each year to enjoy the unparalleled mountain bike tracks, hiking trails and stunning beaches. Machynlleth is a relatively inexpensive place to live and despite the diminutive size of the town, it boasts a deep history and a wealth of things to do throughout the entire year. Dulas is based right in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere [Link] and the iconic Centre for Alternative Technology is just a couple of miles up the road from us. Such links have led some to term Machynlleth the ‘sustainable capital of Britain’ [Guardian link].
Machynlleth was also the seat of Owain Glyndŵr’s parliament and the area retains a strong sense of Welsh culture. The language is understood by 67% of the population and is spoken fluently by nearly 40%. There are many historical houses within the town, such as the Parliament House. Machynlleth is also known for its lively arts and entertainment scene. The town holds the well-established Machynlleth Comedy Festival each May, a literature festival, a lantern parade and it is also the home of MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art, Wales).
Once the capital of Scotland, Stirling contains the Great Hall and the Renaissance Palace within Stirling Castle. Stirling also has its medieval parish church, the Church of the Holy Rude, where King James VI was crowned King of Scots on 29 July 1567. The Holy Rude still functions, with a service every Sunday. Historically it was strategically important as the "Gateway to the Highlands", with its position near the Highland Boundary Fault between the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands and has been described as the brooch which clasps the Highlands and the Lowlands together.
Recreationally, Stirling has a lot to offer. It a stone’s throw from the Trossachs Trail, known colloquially as ‘nature’s playground’. This southern highlands route can be walked, trekked and cycled and takes in dramatic scenery, an abundance of Scottish wildlife and many different outdoor pursuits. More centrally, The Albert Halls, a theatre venue in the city offers music, drama and comedy on a nightly basis. There are also multiple art galleries, restaurants and lively pubs and clubs.
It is the administrative centre for The Highland Council and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands. It is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom and lies within the Great Glen (Gleann Mòr) at its north-eastern extremity where the River Ness enters the Moray Firth. Inverness is one of Europe's fastest growing cities, with a quarter of the Highland population living in or around it, and is ranked fifth out of 189 British cities for its quality of life, the highest of any Scottish city.
Inverness is an important centre for bagpipe players and lovers, since every September the city hosts the Northern Meeting. Another major event in calendar is the annual City of Inverness Highland Games. The event can trace its roots back to one of the first Highland Games staged in the modern era; the True Highland Games which was staged in 1822 by members of the Northern Meeting Society.
The main theatre in Inverness is called Eden Court Theatre and along with being the home to two summer music festivals, Rockness and the Tartan Heart Festival, that bring a variety of different music to the town, Inverness has gained notoriety as well for being featured in the "Outlander" novel series by author Diana Gabaldon.
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