Llanharan is a village and community that encompasses neighbouring settlements of Bryncae, Brynna, Llanilid, Peterston-super-Montem and Ynysmaerdy. At its centre you will find Llanharan Square and the many historic buildings that surround it, a number of pubs, takeaways and shops as well as Llanharan railway station. The railway station is extremely useful for commuters and is able to offer regular services to Bridgend to the west and Cardiff Central to the east. There are two primary schools in Llanharan with Ysgol Dolau Primary School offering education in Welsh and Llanharan Primary School offering English education.
Llanharry is a small and former industrial village located just north of the M4 motorway and approximately 2 miles south Llanharan and all of the amenities that can be found therein. Its local economy was dominated by the local iron ore mine that was worked until it’s closure in the 1970’s. Since then, its position close to the M4 motorway has offered local residents excellent commuter access for work and has ultimately led to the need for further development of modern housing estates in the area. Llanharry is home to Ysgol Llanharri which is the areas primary Welsh medium school and in 2012 was Rhondda Cynon Taf’s first aged 3-19 school. Llanharry contains a few local amenities such as some shops and a pub with its public transport needs being serviced by bus.