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May 2014

Holiday Choices in Pembrokeshire

What makes the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire the ideal spot for a holiday? Well, to begin with, Pembrokeshire is the home to the only UK coastal national park, and it has also won plenty of awards for its clean beaches, clear water and the overall cleanliness of its coastline. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the holiday options in Pembrokeshire.

Why Choose Pembrokeshire?

Pembrokeshire is the perfect setting for those people who like to watch wildlife, climb rocks, walking, beachcombing or swimming. The quaint and small towns and villages are the perfect setting for families to explore the local area, and there are no shortage of places to stay, from caravan parks to hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation.

Hotels, Guesthouses and Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

The sheer numbers of hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfast establishments make it easy to find the right accommodation to suit your needs. Plus, food is often made using the finest locally sourced ingredients, all fresh and mouth wateringly tasty.

Self Catering Accommodation / Holiday Cottages in Pembrokeshire

A lot of people would rather have the flexibility and the privacy that comes with renting their own personal self catering cottage of caravan, and Pembrokeshire is not short of this type of accommodation either. With plenty of places offering sea views, or campsites that have all of the most up-to-date facilities, you will not be disappointed by the sheer amount of accommodation choices you will find.


For those people who are constantly on the move from one location to the other, or who are in a group, Pembrokeshire also offers a number of hostels and bunk houses, which are economical and friendly, and they are the perfect base from which to explore the stunning surrounding countryside.

Farm Stays

Children love visiting farms, but why not take it one step further by staying at a farm for the entirety of your vacation. Not many vacation locations give you the chance to feed pigs, interact with animals and collect your own eggs for breakfast!

Holiday Villages

Pembrokeshire is also home to a number of holiday villages, for those people who want everything from their accommodation to their entertainment and places to eat, all within easy reach.

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Fishing in Pembrokeshire

There are many ways in which you can pass the time in Pembrokeshire, and the one thing that draws people to the area from all corners of the world, is the quality and the diversity of the local fishing spots. Pembrokeshire is home to some of the best fishing spots in the United Kingdom, no matter if it is coarse fishing, still water fishing, game fishing or sea fishing, you will find it here.

Bass Fishing

One of the most famous types of fishing in the Pembrokeshire area is Bass fishing, due to the fact that the area has a superfluity of easily accessible beaches, many of which stretch for miles and miles, and it they provide some excellent fishing spots.

Other Types of Fishing

Other fishing locations can be found in the many coves that provide a safe haven for fishes and fishermen alike from stormy conditions. The ruggedness of the Pembrokeshire coastline also provides fishing enthusiasts with excellent opportunities for sea fishing. Some of the most popular fish to be found in the area include Pollack, Bass, Conger, Bream and Mackerel. Rays and sharks can also be found in the area.

Fishing Boat Trips

Fishing excursions are a great way to land a prize catch, and areas such as St David’s, Dale, Saundersfoot and Tenby are the best locations to find fishing boat trips. The sea around the Pembrokeshire coastline is often teeming with great varieties of fish, especially Mackerel. A fishing boat trip is also a great way to spot some of the local marine and birdlife too, with dolphins, whales and a wide variety of sea birds in the area.

Coarse and Stillwater Fishing

Coarse and Stillwater fishing is also popular across the county, and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities, with Tench, Carp and Pike readily available to catch. If you do not have your own fishing tackle, there are plenty of places around that can hire out all of the equipment and bait that you need.

Game Fishing

The areas of Pembrokeshire that is good for game fishing are the Eastern and Western Cleddau rivers, and Teifi. It is usually the local landowners or one of the many local fishing clubs who hold the rights to fish in these areas, and many fishing clubs have day permits that are ideal for day visitors. Tuition will also be available for those people who have never fished this way before, or for those who wish to hone their skills.

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Coastal Walks in Pembrokeshire

It runs for 186 miles, takes in 58 separate beaches and 14 harbors, and it is one of the most picturesque settings to be found in the British Isles, it is the Pembrokeshire coastal path. It is also the only coastal national park in the United Kindom.

The ancient name for Pembrokeshire was “Land of Mystery and Enchantment”, and it is certainly still a magical place to spend your leisure time, with National Geographic magazine voting it up to second in a list of best coastal destinations in 2012.

Take in the views, feel the history

The path is not just a walk through some of the most picturesque and breathtaking scenery, but it is also a walk through history too. If you were to walk its entire length, you would encounter majestic castles, Neolithic tombs, fishing villages and quaint little towns.

Walks for all ages and abilities

The great thing about walking the Pembrokeshire coast is that there is a choice of more than 200 walks, ranging from short walks of a mile, to lengthier walks that can take a day or more to complete.

Here are some of the best coastal walks to get you started:

Cemaes Head – Distance: 5 miles

Perfect for a springtime stroll, the walk along Cemaes Head will give you access to some of the most picturesque scenery, as well as giving you the opportunity to see some of the local birdlife. Cormorants, Fulmars and Guillemots nest on the 550 foot high cliffs, and if you are fortunate enough to visit in mid-summer, there is a good chance that you will witness seals and dolphins.

Porthgain to St. David’s – Distance: 13 miles

This is a longer walk, ideal for serious hikers. Starting at the harbor at Porthgain, this route will take you up along high cliffs, which will provide you with stunning views across rocky shorelines. It will then give you the opportunity to explore the ancient ruins at Abereiddy beach, before heading off to Whitesands beach via the mysterious St. David’s Head.

Deer Park to Dale – Distance: 10 miles

This is a circular walk which begins near Marloes, and is a great way to spend a day. The route will take you past rocky and wave lashed headlands, an Iron Age hillfort, as well as providing you with views of Skomer Island, and great place to spot numerous varieties of seabirds.

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Best Castles in Pembrokeshire

The great thing about the county of Pembrokeshire is that it is full of history, and is home to some of the most important Neolithic and Iron Age finds anywhere in the world. It also played a significant part in the defense of the United Kingdom, and this is shown by the sheer numbers of castles to be found within the county.

Pembroke Castle

Pembroke castle is one of the finest of its kind anywhere in the British Isles, and stands as a testament to the wealth of the medieval rulers of Pembroke. It was the Romans who first occupied the site, however, it was not until the Norman invasion in the 11th century that the castle was built.

Carew Castle

This is a ruin of a castle that stands on the river Carew, close to the town of Pembroke. The castle was originally constructed in and around 1100AD, and was actually built on the site of an ancient Iron Age fort. It is in a strange position as it, and the Iron Age fort before it, were constructed in a low-lying riverside position, rather than the more defensive hilltop position, which was much more common at the time.

Llawhaden Castle

Originally, this castle was the centerpiece of the estates of the bishop of St David’s, and had more than one purpose. It was not only a military fortress, but it also acted as the administrative hub of the bishops, as well as their main residence. It was sacked by the Welsh in 1192, and then rebuilt in stone during the 1200s, before further reconstruction works were carried out in 1300s.

Tenby Castle

The ruins of Tenby Castle are very well preserved, and walls, a tower and a gate all survive from the 13th century. The ancient defensive walls of the town have also been preserved extremely well, and are of great historical interest. The original castle built on this site was constructed by an unnamed Norman lord prior to 1156, when it fell in to the hands of Lord Rhys.

Other Castles in the area

These are some of the best castles to visit in Pembrokeshire, but there are also plenty of others in the area, and these include Newport castle, Wiston castle and Picton castle. As you can see, with such a rich and diverse heritage in this part of Wales, there is certainly no shortage of historical castles to visit.

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Holiday Activities in Pembrokeshire

The county of Pembrokeshire in Wales is home to the only coastal national park in Great Britain, and it contains more Blue Flag beaches (beaches that have been assessed for their cleanliness) than any other county. Its coastal setting makes Pembrokeshire the ideal holiday destination, as there is no shortage of things to do, and in this article, we will take a closer look at some of the activities you can find in the area.


Due to the amount of coastline and natural harbors, Pembrokeshire is an ideal location for those who love to go fishing. There are plenty of places to go sea or freshwater fishing, and there is also the opportunity to charter a fishing boat, giving you the chance to land a wide variety of fish including mullet, bream and mackerel.

Walking the Preseli Hills

When walking the Preseli Hills on clear days, you can see as far as the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. It is said that stone from Preseli Hills was the stone used in the construction of Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Man has lived on these hills for centuries, and it is a great area to explore if you have an interest in Neolithic and Iron Age settlements.

Cycling Along the Celtic Trail

Pembrokeshire is ideal for cycling enthusiasts, and is home to Route 4 of the National Cycle Route, which hugs the coastline from its starting point at Fishguard, making it ideal for taking in the coastal scenery. However, it can be a challenging route, with plenty of steep hills to climb, although it is worth the sweat and toil for the views.

Dolphin and Whale Watching

One of the great things about the Pembrokeshire coast is the amount of harbors, and these are a great attraction for harbor porpoises, which can be easily seen from many locations along the coast. There is also the opportunity to go on boat trips to deeper waters where there is the chance of seeing bottlenose dolphins, and it is also possible to spot Minke whales and fin whales too.

Ramsey Island RSPB reserve

A birdwatchers paradise, Ramsey Island is an offshore island close to St David’s that is a natural home for a whole host of birds. Its 120 meter high cliffs are home to all kinds of birds, and you can expect to see Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Ravens and Peregrine falcons, amongst others.

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