Porthgain is probably one of the most photographed villages in Wales, and when you come to stay in one of our Porthgain holiday cottages, you’ll see why.
Guide To Porthgain
Porthgain is a sleepy harbour village that, considering it’s small size, has quite a bit going on! There is a fantastic pub, a bistro serving fresh locally caught seafood, an ice cream hut as well as a gallery exhibiting stunning local artwork. On a holiday to Porthgain you’ll get to know the village well, and it makes a perfect base from which to explore the area beyond.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path dips down into the harbour, and a walk in either direction is beautiful. A short drive takes you to busier St Davids with its cathedral and independent shops and cafes, or experience a larger harbour village in Solva. After a day’s exploring, you’ll love returning to your self catering cottage in Porthgain to relax and unwind.
THINGS TO DO IN PORTHGAIN
Explore the old quarryThe slate mining heritage of the village of Porthgain is fascinating, and the quarry can be found along the coast path.
Visit Harbour Lights GalleryAdmire the art at the Harbour Lights Gallery – A small, family run gallery, this relaxed and peaceful space in the village contains beautiful work by some of the best Welsh artists.
Visit Melin TregwyntA lovely working woollen mill producing beautiful contemporary designs using traditional methods. There’s a fabulous cafe there too!
Enjoy a drink at The Sloop InnWhile away a sunny afternoon with drinks on the patio at The Sloop Inn. The building is said to date back to the 18th century.
Have an adventurePlan a trip with the Real Adventure Co. – Whether it’s coasteering, kayaking, climbing or surfing, Pembrokeshire is a hotspot for outdoor adventure, and Porthgain is no exception!
Taste LocalEnjoy locally caught Fish & Chips chips at the Famous Shed Fish & Chip Bistro - they really are exceptional.
WHERE TO WALK FROM PORTHGAIN
Take the coast path in either direction from Porthgain harbour and you’ll be met with incredible views and a fantastic walk. At various times of the year birds nest in the cliffs, seal pups snooze on the beaches below and the sea glistens serenely or crashes against the rocks. Whenever you visit, a walk on this coast path is breathtakingly glorious.
Porthgain to the Blue Lagoon – From one quarry to another, this walk ends at the magical Blue Lagoon and it’s turquoise waters. In summer months reward yourself with an ice cream at Abereiddy before catching the Strumble Shuttle bus back, or turn the walk into a circular one by heading inland.
Porthgain to Abercastle – Abercastle is a folktale-like village perched on the coast, with a sheltered bay lovely to cool off in after a walk here. Again, the Strumble Shuttle passes through here so it’s an easy journey back for your well earned pint at The Sloop Inn!
WHERE TO EAT IN PORTHGAIN
The Shed Bistro – A friendly, relaxed seafood restaurant serving locally caught fish from their own boat, meaning the menu is ever changing! They are famed for their fish and chips, also available as a takeaway and best eaten on the harbour wall!
The Sloop Inn – An old smugglers pub, this is a favourite among locals and visitors alike! Serving a large menu of pub classics in a setting adorned with authentic nautical decor, we dare say you might visit more than once! Enjoy a pint on the terrace overlooking the harbour at sunset and you’ll be sold.
Pizza at Noddfa Farm – A seasonal hut serving homemade pizzas that will have you daydreaming of them long after you leave!
Farmers Arms, Mathry – A small country pub with a great atmosphere and brilliant homemade food about a 10 minute drive away from Porthgain.
Melin Tregwynt Cafe – A lovely cafe serving light lunches, great coffee and tasty cake! Be sure to browse the shop while you’re there.
BEACHES NEAR PORTHGAIN
Traeth Llfyn – Walk on the coast path towards Abereiddy and keep an eye out for a set of metal steps leading down the cliff to this dreamy beach! Almost always deserted, and a perfect suntrap for some bathing!
Abercastle Beach – Abercastle enjoys one of the most sheltered bays around, and so this beach is a favourite among swimmers and kayakers.
Pwllgwaelod Beach – If you fancy exploring further afield, pack the car and head north to Pwllgwaelod Beach about a 30 minute drive away. A small sandy beach, it’s fantastic for rock pooling and has a pub nearby.
Abermawr – Pull your boots on for the longer 8 mile walk to Abermawr beach. A popular surf spot for locals in the know, at high tide it’s not much more than a pebble bank, but low tide exposes an expanse of golden sand and a preserved ancient forest!