Keith Thomas

Profile updated 8/07/24

Regional Qualification(s):

South Wales Green Badge, Wales

Language(s):

English, Welsh

Phone Number(s):

07771975059

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Introduction:

Siwd Mae - my name's Keith and I'm a Welsh speaking driver guide living near the UK's smallest city - St Davids. I've lived or worked or visited all over Wales (and under some bits) and would love to introduce you to her history, landscape and most importantly her culture - basically what makes Cymru (Wales!) different to the rest of the UK!

Personal Interests:

My interests are many and varied. My father was a mining engineer and my mother's a farmer's daughter so I know both traditions. I'm normally happiest outdoors, ideally in one of Wales' National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We've a castle or two in Wales also, and whilst I'd not claim to have visited them all (there are over 600!) I've a fair knowledge of their locations and history.

Special Interests:

Agriculture

The agricultural sector is more than just a vital part of the Welsh economy. It also underpins the language's survival and contributes hugely to the country's culture. From sheep raising on the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) or the slopes of Snowdon, to dairy farming in Pembrokeshire or Carmarthenshire there are numerous specialities which have developed, Gower saltmarsh lamb being a particular favourite of mine!

Industry

Wales was the world's first industrialised nation - defined as having a majority not engaged in agriculture. At different times the world's largest producer of iron, copper, slate or coal exports, the fluctuating histories of these industries informs the visitor how today's human and physical landscapes have evolved. To understand towns like Swansea, Caernarfon or Cardiff you need to know about these industries. The Valleys (from the Gwendraeth in the West to the Llwyd in the East, including the famous Rhondda Valleys in the heart of them) were shaped by the heavy industry of the last two centuries. But slowly Nature reclaims her own, and these once barren hillsides are slowly being returned to their original state.

History & Prehistory

Wales' history is a story of retaining its own identity despite being a neighbour of one of the world's superpowers. It's a complex tale, and the very fact that Wales still maintains its unique language and culture within a greater United Kingdom is a great story.

Castles & Palaces

From the Bishops palace in St Davids, through the Marcher castles of Abergavenny, and Edward I's ring of castles in Conwy/Conway, Caernarfon (where Prince Charles had his investiture), Beaumaris and Harlech (made famous in song) there is a wealth of stories to be told.

Driver Guide:

Yes

Vehicles:

Type Make / Model Passengers Air Conditioning Disabled Access
Car Skoda kodiaq 4 Yes No