The castle ruins are situated on a rocky promontory above the River Teifi overlooking the Pembrokeshire town of Cilgerran. Built during the 13th century it replaced and earlier timber fort constructed two hundred years earlier. It is strongly associated with legend of Lady, some say Princess, Nest – a beautiful noble woman who was abducted and violated by her cousin – Prince Owain ap Cadwgan. However, a Welsh version of the tale claims she was actually a prisoner of a forced marriage and was rescued by the dashing raider. Historians are still arguing today whether the incident ever really occurred but it is a tale remembered by many who live nearby. What is certain is that several battles involving Cilgerran Castle were fought during the Welsh-Norman conflicts of the 13th century. The castle eventually became the property of the English crown and was finally abandoned in the 17th century. It’s claimed that Cilgerren Castle is home to a mysterious ‘Black Bearded Wraith’ said to stand haunt the west tower watching the road. Romantics believe it’s Prince Owain waiting for Lady Nest to return to him. He’ll have something of a wait as Nest’s ghost is said to haunt Carrew Castle 25 miles away on the other side of the county. Some historians claim that the story of Nest is linked to the legend of King Arthur, Guinevere and Sir Galahad.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Heol Y Gof Road, LLwynhelyg, Cross Inn, Llandysul
Ceredigion, Wales, SA44 6LW
+44 (0)1545 560 029
- Address: Pumporth Road, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom, SA43 2SF
- GPS: 52.057125,-4.634155556
- Phone: 0044 (0)1239 621 339
- Part of UK: Wales
- Sat Nav Postcode: SA43 2SF
- Entrance Fees: Yes
- Disabled Access: Reasonable - Paths & parking for wheelchair users.
- Visibility from Road: Limited