Holidays in West Wales
Porthgain has a rich and interesting industrial heritage, and as well as this it’s also a stunningly beautiful part of Pembrokeshire. Located on the coastline in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Porthgain is a little village with its own man made harbour.
There is plenty of interesting features in the village such as the old lime kiln. Anthracite and Limestone were once brought here from all over Pembrokeshire to be burnt and made into lime, ready to be used by farmers to spread over the land to help their crops grow and also to be used by builders to make mortar and whitewash for walls.
Just off the harbour, towards the mainland you will see Ty Mawr which means Big House in Welsh. Ty Mawr was involved with the brick making industry and had the capacity to produce 50,000 bricks each week. There would have been many other buildings around Ty Mawr associated with the brick making industry such as drying sheds, brick kilns and a narrow gauge railway to service it all. On the hillside above the harbour are the ruins of the first tunnel that was used to bring slate waste to Ty Mawr ready to be made into bricks. There are many other industrial ruins left including the hoppers which stored different grades of stone and the crusher which turned great mounds of rock into various, manageable sizes. Porthgain certainly makes an interesting visit for those with an interest in industrial history!
However it’s not all about the history. Porthgain is an outstandingly picturesque part of Pembrokeshire and there are spectacular cliff top walks across headlands that lead along the Pembrokeshire Coast National Path towards neighbouring hamlets and villages. Nearby is Abereiddy with its impressive Blue Lagoon which is a popular spot for coasteering and other marine based adrenaline activities. There are plenty of scenic beaches in the vicinity also including Whitesands, Abercastle, Aberbach which is one of the most peaceful beaches in the county and the charmingly picturesque Abermawr that is predominantly a pebble beach but at low tide you will it sandy also making it ideal for various beach activities.
Porthgain has plenty to offer in eateries as it has two of the most popular restaurants in the county. The Sloop Inn originally dates back from 1743 and today photos and memorabilia line the walls, reminders of the past times. It’s not only the decor which will interest you, the menu is full of mouth-watering dishes making the most of fresh Pembrokeshire produce. The Shed is also a favoured restaurant with its laid back style and infamous delicious lobster!