by Hannah Craven
Places to Visit
Nestling cosily on the coast road between the villages of Mathry and Trefin lies the beautiful cove and village of Abercastle.
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 out for periwinkles, limpets and mussels clinging to the rocks that flank both sides of the beach.
Planning a visit to this lovely stretch of coast? Here’s all you need to know about 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.
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.
The famous Tour of Pembrokeshire also passes through the village and is certainly not to be missed!
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.
Thinking about visiting? Our Pembrokeshire cottages offer all you need for an unforgettable break away. From delightful sea view holiday cottages to those lovely secluded cottages away from the crowds, we’ve got something for everyone. Take a look today and get planning your next weekend break with us!
I'm a lover of all things travel and outdoors and have a passion for content writing....
Sign up to receive exclusive offers, competitions and the latest news to your inbox, and you'll be entered into our monthly prize-draw 3 times!
If you’re a fan of the classic seaside holiday, you’re bound to enjoy a day out to Burry Port....
Looking to visit Wales’s most stunning locations? Then look no further than our guide to the famous landmarks in...
A charming village on St Bride’s Bay, Solva is a popular holiday destination for friends and family alike. Solva...
Are you on the phone to our call centre?