by Sykes Holiday Cottages
Nestling cosily on the coast road between the villages of Mathry and Trefin lies the beautiful cove and village of Abercastle.
A village steeped in history, Abercastle has strong roots as a trading port and was prolific in the export of slate and agricultural produce in the 19th Century.
Cargos included grain, limestone, butter, honey, corn, and coal. All that now remains of Abercastle’s industrial past are limekiln remnants and a ruined grain store.
The beach is a mixture of sand and shingle and is a very popular location for those wishing to fish, kayak and sail.
At low tide there is a quite large expanse of beach to explore, look our for periwinkles, limpets and mussels clinging to the rocks that flank both sides of the beach.
Abercastle still boasts a working harbour managed by Abercastle Boat Owners Association.
With the harbour facing north-west, it is sheltered from south-westerly gales and so provides a safe haven for the local fishing fleet.
If you wish to launch a boat from Abercastle harbour, please note that there is a charge – which helps pay for village amenities.
Situated in an isolated, yet beautiful spot, above and to the right of Abercastle beach, lies the Neolithic burial chamber of Carreg Samson.
Dating back 5,000 years, the burial chamber was built by a Neolithic tribe, who used it for over 1000 burials.
The positioning of the capstone on top of the seven upright stones has always been a mystery. Legend, however, has it that St. Samson placed the capstone in position using only his little finger!
Abercastle is favourite spot for walkers. Easily accessed from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Stretching 186 miles in total, the Coastal Path may be quite a challenge to walk in its entirety, but it’s a perfect opportunity to see why Pembrokeshire is so popular with visitors.
For those of you who enjoy the pleasures of walking without the stress of planning your return, the coastal bus “The Strumble Shuttle” is the perfect walking partner, as it is an easy and affordable way to arrange your starting point or return.
Abercastle itself is located within the Welsh speaking area of Pembrokeshire and is dotted with picturesque cottages which overlook the beach.
David Evans walked the Coastal Path and took some marvellous photographs as he did. This is the 4.5 miles between Aberfelin and Abermawr.
If you’re hungry, you’ll have to head to either Mathry or Trefin to find a bite to eat near Abercastle.
High tide at Abercastle
Lime Kiln at Abercastle
Ruined grain store
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