Motygido Farm is on the outskirts of the village of Llanarth,
and is just a few miles from New Quay - a popular traditional holiday resort on
the Cardigan Bay coast. Motygido has been farmed for as long as local records
exist - and probably for much longer than that. Originally the farm occupied a
triangular section of land of some 160 acres between the small rivers 'Mot' and
'Gido', that merge to form the Llethi and empty into Cardigan Bay two miles to
The earliest records of Motygido go back the sixteenth century. In the eighteenth century, 'Motygido Academy' run by the Rev John Pugh was well known throughout Cardiganshire. His notebooks are now in the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. Click here for the 'History of Motygido'.
Llanarth is an ancient settlement, among the oldest in Ceredigion. Set just inland from the Cardigan Bay coast, it is centred on the crossroads formed where the A487 coast road meets the B4342 to New Quay (or formerly to Llanina). Click here for an account of the history of Llanarth.
In the early days New Quay was a fishing and smuggling port.
Later a burgeoning shipbuilding industry developed, reaching its
peak in the middle of the nineteenth century. Towards the end of that century
shipbuilding died out and with the advent of the railways, tourism gradually
filled the void. Visitors would take a train to Aberaeron, from where, the GWR bus or charabanc would
bring them to New Quay. Today, New Quay depends on Tourism and remains popular,
with the demand for accommodation far exceeding the supply in the summer months.
The town has a flourishing water sports industry and is a popular centre for the
Click here to visit the New Quay website.