Holidays in West Wales
Abereiddy is a beautiful place that sits in the north of the county of Pembrokeshire overlooking the impressive rugged coastline adorned with colourful wild flowers. Abereiddy was once a thriving community due to its slate mining industry. A tramway was built along the valley, around Ynys Barry and carrying onto the neighbouring Porthgain. In the 20th century the industry came to a standstill in Abereiddy and the quarries closed in 1904. The past of Abereiddy is reflected in what is now known as The Street where the homes of the slate mining workers now stand abandoned and crumbling. These old buildings only add to the intrigue and serenity of the area.
Today Abereiddy is home to one of Pembrokeshire most popular natural attractions. The Blue Lagoon, which is an old slate mining quarry now filled with sea water after a breach in the outer sea wall. The glorious lagoon is (despite its name) filled with seawater which has developed a greenish hue due to the mineral content in the slate. The Blue Lagoon is remarkably beautiful and would certainly not look out of place in a more tropical destination. The Blue Lagoon not only attracts passing walkers, but also thrill seekers as the lagoon is popular for cliff diving and coasteering. In fact the lagoon was the location of the Red Bull World Cup Cliff Diving Event in September 2012 and September 2013, which saw professional divers from all over the world compete for the champion title. If you would like to try coasteering there are plenty of activity companies in the area such as TYF in St Davids or Preseli Venture who take out organised groups on a daily basis.
Abereiddy sits in an ideal location between Fishguard and St Davids and has plenty of wonderful, neighbouring little villages and hamlets worth visiting. Further inland you will find Dowrog Common which is a nature reserve managed by the National Trust and a great place to go bird watching.
The neighbouring village of Porthgain is similar to Abereiddy as it was also heavily reliant on the mining industry in the county. Walking through the village you will see the old lime kiln where limestone and anthracite was shipped in and burnt to produce lime. You’ll also see the pretty harbour where boats landed to ship limestone in and out of Porthgain. If your feet begin to tire then you can always relax in the Sloop Inn or The Shed Restaurants where you can enjoy unbuttoned fine dining at its best.