Holidays in West Wales
Abercastle is a charming and remote village in the North of Pembrokeshire. This beautiful village is an ideal spot for romantic short breaks or walking holidays as its nestled in thePembrokeshireCoastNational Park. Abercastle sits in a small valley just above the still working harbour which has previously exported goods such as slate, honey, grain, limestone and some coal.
Abercastle has its own little sand and shingle cove perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sunshine whilst only being a stone’s throw from the village. Swimming and kayaking are popular activities here and there’s no fear of colliding with fast paced windsurfers etc as the cove is too small for them to manoeuvre here-which only adds to the serenity!
There’s plenty to see and do in the area surrounding this idyllic location. If your interest lies in history then a visit to the Carreg Sampson is ideal as this ancient monument is quite impressive. Carreg Sampson is a structure thought to be an ancient burial chamber with a cap stone over 4 metres long and more than 2 metres wide supported by seven other stones standing in a circle. Sampson’s Stone (as it’s also known) looks out towardsIrelandacross the glorious rugged headland. Legend suggests that the monument got its name when St Sampson put the capstone on with just one finger!
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail leads through this area so walking is in abundance. Walking around St Davids head is a popular option as the view here is spectacular. The headland can be reached by taking the foot path fromWhitesandsBaywhich is equally breath taking. To the North East of Whitesands you will also find Carn Llidi, a large craggy hill. Between Carn Llidi and the headland you will find three ancient burial chambers and if you opt to head to the top of Carn Llidi you won’t be disappointed as the views are remarkable.
Head further along the coast to the UK’s smallest city, St David’s. This extraordinary city appears as more of a pretty little village with several boutique shops, art galleries and cafes. However the cathedral which puts St Davids in the classification of a city is simply outstanding, as are the ruins of the Bishops Palacewhich sits alongside the cathedral. In St Davids you will also find the official Pembrokeshire Coast National Park visitor centre which is completely free to visit and provides great interest for visitors of all ages. The visitor centre, Oriel Y Parc is also home to some of the National Museum of Wales collection including an original Turner! There are also nature trails and quizzes for the kids, a gift shop selling local arts and crafts and you will find exploring the unusual but brilliant, eco-friendly architecture of the building fascinating.
If you find yourself in St David’s with an empty stomach then tantalise your taste buds at the multi award winning Cwtch Restaurant. This unpretentious and cosy restaurant offers delicious dining created from locally sourced produce-not to be missed!
A holiday in Abercastle will prove popular with people who enjoy a diversity of pursuits from relaxing on the beach, learning about ancient monuments to wildlife spotting and walking. With so much to see and do its important you have the perfect holiday home to relax and unwind in.