Spring on the Pembrokeshire coast is just dreamy. The coconut-y smell of gorse wafts along the coast path, where sea pinks are beginning to emerge above the sparkling sea. If you find yourself on the Pembrokeshire coast this spring, here are a few things to add to your list of must-dos!


Take a Boat Trip

One of the best ways to learn about this wonderful coastline while admiring its beauty is with a boat trip. Several boat companies run trips from St Justinians just outside St Davids. Each has knowledgeable guides who will keep you enthralled with facts about the wildlife you’ll see (from gannets to dolphins!) and the geology of the coastline. Choose a longer trip and make a day of it, or spend an hour or two going around Ramsey Island just off the coast.

Where to go?

Falcon Boats run around St Justinans every day. They take bookings from their office on Maes Dewi in St Davids.

If you’d prefer a slow and steady ride, or would like to land on Ramsey Island, head to Thousand Islands. Their booking office is on the hill down towards St Davids Cathedral.



Stroll along the coast path

At this time of year, the Pembrokeshire coast path is at its loveliest. The flora is beginning to bloom, giving the always beautiful views a richness unique to springtime. The golden gorse reaches down to glistening blue waters, and the thrift gives the path its yearly blush. There are also joys to be had when you look the opposite way as lambs bound through fields as their mums take a well-earned nap in the sun.

Where to go?

The options are, almost literally, endless! One of our favourite walks is from Solva to Pointz Castle, and not just because there’s ice cream at the end… Click here for more stretches of coast path that make for the perfect springtime stroll.


Photo credit: Scolton Manor

Visit a garden

If you ever need a break from the sea air, head inland to one of Pembrokeshire’s beautiful gardens. These spaces feel calm and peaceful, especially in the relatively quieter spring months. Take a picnic, grab a takeaway coffee from one of their cafes and find a sheltered spot to wile away an afternoon while the kids make the most of expansive lawns to practice their cartwheels – until you’re ready to return to the beach that is!

Where to go?

Scolton Manor is a Victorian manor house that sits inside 60 acres of park and woodland. Ideal for a day’s exploring. There’s also no shortage of events this year, so be sure to check out their schedule for your holiday!


Kayaking in Pembrokeshire

Go on an outdoor adventure

While holidays can be all about relaxing with a good book, they are also the perfect opportunity to push slightly outside your comfort zone and experience something new! Pembrokeshire is known as the birthplace of coasteering, and many adventure companies have popped up that each offer fantastic outdoor adventures. Try kayaking, climbing or paddleboarding around the St Davids Peninsula, and make some memories!

Where to go?

TYF Adventure in St Davids is a brilliant, friendly company to choose for your first outdoor adventure. Their booking office can’t be missed in the centre of St Davids!

Further afield, MUUK run from Abereiddy car park – perfect to access the Blue Lagoon for a spot of coasteering.


Spot some wildlife

The Pembrokeshire coast is bursting with wildlife at this time of year. Whether you fancy a spot of birdwatching or spotting porpoises from the sea, spring is the perfect time of year to get up close to nature.

Where to go

Skomer Island is home to an incredible colony of puffins, and a trip out to Grassholm will enable you to learn about all things gannets. But honestly, wildlife is so abundant on this coast that if you pull on your boots and grab some binoculars, you will see some incredible things from the coast path!


Chill Out in a Pub Garden

St Davids has some of the best beer gardens around. Think views over St Davids Cathedral and the sea beyond, incredible sunsets, or the hustle and bustle of Cross Square. All the beer gardens are dog friendly, so you can let your pooch curl up under the table with a bowl of fresh water while you enjoy a crisp pint!

Where to go?

The Farmers Arms has a large beer garden that is an amazing sun trap with an outdoor bar. Just around the corner, the garden at The Bishops looks out over St Davids Cathedral, and also gets its fair share of sunshine!


Go Crabbing

Crabbing is one of those activities that is, at first glance, for the kids. A good way to keep them entertained while the adults sit in the sun with a coffee. However, fair warning, crabbing will enthrall people of all ages, and sometimes bring out their more competitive side! The magic of this seaside pastime is its simplicity. All you need is a bucket, a line and some bait, all purchasable at Bay View Stores in Solva!

Where to go?

Once you’re all kitted up, head down to the quay at Solva Harbour at high tide. Find a spot where you’re out of the way, and get crabbing! Please remember that this is a working harbour, and can be busy. If you’re not sure where is best to go, it’s always best to ask.


Eat local ice cream

After all that activity, you’re going to need to restore your energy, right? We reckon ice cream is the best way to do so! With local dairy farms diversifying to offer stunning flavours made with their own local milk, Pembrokeshire is one of the best places to find it too.

Where to go?

Pointz Castle is a farm just outside Solva that makes its own ice cream. Grab some from the cafe on the farm, and eat it while wandering down the fields to the beach below. Or pick it up from Porthclais Kiosk if you’re closer to St Davids when the ice cream need takes you!


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