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Penderyn Distillery Tours

Penderyn DistilleryDid you know Wales produces its own whisky? It might not be as well known as its Scottish or Irish counterparts, but that is changing.

Penderyn Whisky (which takes its name from the village in the Brecon Beacons National Park where the distillery is based) started production in 2000 and the first bottle was released on St David's Day in 2004. It was the first whisky to be (legally!) produced in Wales since the 19th century. The distillery is situated on a natural spring and it uses this water, to produce the whisky.

The visitor centre opened in 2008 and gives visitors a tour explaining how the distilling process works. Even better, at the end of the tour you get the chance to sample the whisky (or vodka, gin or cream liquor that they also produce).

And if you're really into your whisky, why not try the Penderyn Distillery Master Class tour. This includes a detailed tour of the distillery, an in-depth look at how the whisky is made and also an expert tasting session.

For more details take a look at their website - www.welsh-whisky.co.uk

Iechyd da!

Tour de Caerphilly

This time next week, thousands of people will start to congregate at the top Caerphilly Mountain for what is rapidly becoming one of Wales' biggest annual sporting events.  For the third year running the Tour of Britain rolls into town.

Starting in Machynlleth, stage 5 winds it way through the Elan Valley and Brecon Beacons before arriving in Caerphilly where after 150 miles of racing the riders will face one final obstacle, the infamous Caerphilly Mountain.  Not content to make the riders struggle up it once, the route takes the race around the outskirts of the town and back to the foot for another go.

It will certainly prove to be a tough conclusion to the stage, especially the second time around.

Some of the world best cyclists will be competing as they aim for the race leaders Gold Jersey as well as making the final preparations for the World Championships in Florence the following week. 

Household names such as Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be taking part as well as world class sprinter Alessandro Petacchi, winner of the famous Liege-Bastogne-Liege race Dan Martin and the young sensation from this year's Tour de France, the Columbian climber Nairo Quintana.

To find out more about the race, visit the Tour of Britain website

Your Favourite Places in Wales (Part 2)

Pen y FanWhilst Snowdon, as the highest mountain in Wales, is understandably on your list of favourite places in Wales, so too is the highest mountain in the Southern half of the country - Pen y Fan.

Situated in the Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan climbs to 886 metres and is very popular with walkers. 

Those climbing the mountain from the Storey Arms side will pass a memorial obelisk.  It was built in memory to a five year old boy called Tommy Jones who, in 1900 got lost whilst visiting his grandparents.  After a 29 day search his body was found having died from hypothermia.  The obelisk marks the spot where his body was found.

The views from the top of the mountain are spectacular.  On a clear day you can enjoy vistas of the Southern Wales Valleys, the Bristol Channel and beyond to Exmoor to the South, Cardigan Bay to the West and the Cambrian Mountains to the North.

You can still nominate your favourite place in Wales.  Just go to our twitter page and use the hash tag #favouriteplaceinwales