Pembrokeshire truly does have something for everyone, with mile upon mile of stunning beaches as well as glorious rolling hills and inspiring woodlands. With historical sites, charming market towns, and all manner of country shows and festivals to discover, there’s never quite enough time to see everything, so for many, a return visit is usually agreed before the first holiday is over!
St David’s peninsula is perhaps the jewel in the crown for the county, with such a rich history and so many stunning beaches. Of course, St. David’s Cathedral is top of most people’s bucket list, and rightly so. Its imposing presence dominates the UK’s smallest city, and a tour of the cathedral and its grounds gives visitors a sense of the true size and majesty of it all. The city itself is more of a large village in terms of size, and it’s well worth exploring, packed as it is with delightful boutique stores and great cafés and restaurants.
Just down the road from St. David’s is the village of Solva, on the edge of St. Bride’s Bay. The village has one of the very last remaining working woollen mills in Wales, and a visit to the mill makes for an interesting afternoon, with the opportunity for tea and cake and a look around the mill shop. Solva also has quite a number of bars and restaurants, should guests of Lochmeylor Farmhouse wish to find somewhere local to eat during the evenings.
A little further down the road is Newgale, with a beach that is nothing short of epic in scale. Whether you want to paddle, swim or have a go at some more extreme water-based activities such as surfing of sea kayaking, there is plenty of room for everyone at Newgale. Other fabulous beaches to discover include Whitesands Bay, Caerfai and Porthselau, all of which are just a short drive away from Lochmeylor Farmhouse. Of course, Pembrokeshire is famed for its incredible beaches, and there are over 100 of them in total to choose from, ranging from vast sandy beaches that stretch for miles to the most secluded and romantic of hideaway coves.
Aside from St. David’s Cathedral, there are quite a number of other historic sites to take in across Pembrokeshire. Both Pembroke Castle and Manorbier Castle are interesting and inspiring to visit, and Castell Henllys, a reconstructed Iron Age fort, offers a unique opportunity to learn about life more than 2,000 years ago.
For a much more up to date experience, head to Dr. Beynon’s Bug Farm, near St. David’s, to learn how bugs play an important role in the earth’s ecosystem, and how farmed bugs could one day prove helpful in the mission to feed our planet. In the farm restaurant, called Grub Kitchen, visitors can order a variety of insect-based dishes, for a truly memorable experience.
Wildlife lovers will be bowled over by the variety of marine animals and sea birds that frequent the coastline and waters of Pembrokeshire. Boat trips are available to visit Ramsey, Skokholm and Skomer islands, with the chance to spot seals, dolphins, puffins and any number of other species of seabirds.
There’s so much to see and do in Pembrokeshire, so holidays here seem to fly by, with many visitors returning time and time again. With Lochmeylor Farm as a base, guests are ideally located for exploring the St. David’s area and indeed, the whole of Pembrokeshire.