The historic Napoleonic town of Pontivy is approx 10km away from St Aignan. Set along the canal you will find a mix of neo-classical architecture and medieval narrow streets perfect for browsing the afternoon away and perhaps indulging in chocolate, we'll point you in the direction of the best shop but have wallets at the ready! Whilst more serious (necessary), shopping can be done in the many stores and supermarkets on the outskirts of town. There is an outdoor swimming pool open during the summer months and many cultural and art events throughout the year, some of which take place in the Chateau du Rohan.

Loudeac is 15 minutes by car from us, has a Saturday morning market and Wednesday evening markets with musical events going on into the evening. Ailish loves the swimming pool here with its leisure pool and slide.

                                          scenes from the colourful local markets

                                                                Local Markets
Mon : Pontivy (20 mins. away)
Tues : Quintin
Wed Eve, July/Aug   Cleguerec   (10 mins. away)
Thur : Guemene sur Scorff
Fri Eve, Jul /Aug   Mur de Bretagne  (5 mins. away)
Sat Morn : Josselin and Loudeac
Sun Morn, March /Oct: Bon Repos

Josselin is half an hour east of Pontivy and has a lively Saturday morning market, winding streets and an impressive chateau that towers above the river.

The chateau at Josselin                  view from the river                       historic Vannes

Along the South coast, about 1 hour from Pontivy, you will find the lovely and cosmopolitan town of Vannes situated by the Golfe Du Morbihan with numerous beaches & islands to explore. The old port of Auray, with its ancient bridge and many cafes around a cobbled square, is well worth a visit. Just south of here is the busy harbour and beaches of Carnac, famous for the megalithic standing stones erected around 4500 b.c. Towards Lorient you will find large sandy beaches and Port Louis, good for a day out with a bit of everything for all the family.

   standing stones at Carnac                 plage at Carnac                      Cote de Granit Rose
         North from Le Touldren you will reach Guingamp, a bustling market town, from where you can take one of several roads leading to the Cote de Granite Rose. Or for a shorter journey head towards Plouha & Paimpol and the many small beaches including our favourite 'Plage Bonapart' a quieter and more rugged alternative to the south coast. Pontrieux is a charming town with a quiet river flowing through, several galleries and an artistic ambiance.

               The coast at Plouha                                              Paimpol from the sky

Both the northern and western coastlines invite much exploration and for fishing the west coast is hard to beat with ports such as Douarnenez teeming with fish, and eager fishermen along the harbour wall

Other attractions include

  • Abbaye de Bon-Repos & Le son et Lumiere de Bretagne (held each August)
  • Le Mont St Micheal
  • La Bourbansais- wild animal park and chateau
  • Branfere - animal and botanical park
  • Zoo de Pont Scorff
  • Aquariums - St Malo - Brest - Vannes
  • Haras National de Lamballe - an equestrian paradise offering year round events
  • Poul-fetan - historic Breton Village
  • Cobac Park - activity park for all ages
  • Aventure Parc - rugged outdoor activities for over eights
  • Armoripark - water based activity pool
  • Le Forges de Salles - old iron village
  • Huelgoat - woodland trail with amazing rocking stone

        Mont St Micheal                                                                                 Armoripark

Lac Guerledan 5 mins from Le Touldren