Posted on: February 21, 2018
The things to do on the Marloes Peninsula have outdoor exploration and appreciation at heart. With wild and rare flowers carpeting headlands, towering cliff top walks, outstanding views of the ocean, ancient shipwrecks and a prosperous sea life, the Marloes Peninsula invites all who visit to relax and unwind amongst some of the most exquisite scenery in Wales.
1. Boat Trip to Skomer Island
A visit to Skomer Island is likely to make you feel as though you have visited another world, as the sheer beauty of the wild, rugged and unspoilt landscape, and abundance of wildlife is like no other. On arrival, you may imagine it to be quiet and peaceful, but the profusion of life makes it quite the opposite as thousands of birds chatter with one another. Visitors can expect to see a range of sea life, including seals and their pups alongside Puffins, Fulmars, Shags, Razorbills and many more. Not only is the island packed full of natural wonders, but there is an ancient and fascinating history, and the earliest indication of occupation on the island is during the Bronze and Iron Ages. The settlers were likely to have been early farmers, with a small amount of livestock and crops such as wheat. Due to the fragility of the island and the protection from the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, the number of visitors to the Skomer is limited to 250 per day and these places fill up fast so be sure to get there early!
2. Lighthouse Tour
The craggy Marloes Peninsula dramatically jolts from the mainland into the Bristol Channel, making it treacherous for passing ships and boats. The diversity of this stretch of coast makes lighthouses essential, although many of them are now operated by a main central board in London. The spectacular buildings that are a prominent feature of the landscape remain, and what is even better is that many of the previous lighthouse keeper’s dwellings are available to enjoy your break away in! Take a look at our large holiday cottages in Wales and find yourself a dreamlike holiday property.
3. Beaches and Coves
The idyllic positioning of the Marloes Peninsula on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park means visitors are rewarded with a choice of fantastic beaches and bays! Depending on how long you stay, you could explore a new rocky and secluded cove or head to the stunning golden sands every day of your holiday. One of the most popular amongst the options is Marloes Sands, the 20-minute walk from the car park to the beach brings anticipation of the beautiful sights ahead and ensures the stunning setting remains tranquil and calm for all who visit. The diverse beach has soft and shelled sand, as well as an abundance of rock pools – perfect for little ones who are on the search of sea creatures.
St Brides Haven beach is one of the most picturesque coves you are likely to see in Wales; the panoramic views are of the luscious green Welsh countryside, the dramatic sea rocks and of course, the open ocean. The cove is popular with divers and those looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the top spots in the area.
4. Wildlife Watching
The Marloes Peninsula is teeming with wildlife, and there is a wealth of once in a lifetime sights awaiting you during your visit. The coastline has been designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, and porpoises and seals are frequently seen nursing their young in the secluded and inaccessible coves and bays. The surrounding islands and mainland shoreline are also seasonally home to an abundance of birds. This stunning part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and in particular, bird watchers.
5. Food and Drink
Like much of Wales, the Marloes Peninsula boasts a diversity of eateries. The multi-award-winning Griffin Inn is located in the charming and historic village of Dale and visitors can enjoy the beautiful views out to sea during their meal or from the roof terrace. The restaurant emphasises fresh and local produce, with their own boat and skipper, the seafood served to you in the evening is highly likely to have been caught on the very same morning. The chef and part owner, Simon, prides himself on ‘allowing the flavour and quality of the fish to shine through’ and his style of cooking is to draw these tastes from the fish and not overpower them, it is skilled, yet simple and done exceptionally well.
The Marloes Peninsula rewards all who visit, offering a unique landscape to truly relax and unwind amongst, with your nearest and dearest. If you are in search of a breath-taking location where you can explore and discover, this area of the Pembroke Coast National Park may be for you! Why not let yourself be inspired by our stunning selection of holiday cottages below?