About the Area

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About The Area

The Pencaer Peninsula is perhaps the most unspoiled area of the Pembrokeshire coast. As well as the magnificent coastal walking and wonderfully clean, pure air there is an abundance of wildlife. It is possible to see porpoises and spot dolphins and grey seals while birdwatchers will see Chough, Peregrine, Gannets and Manx Shearwater, among many others, from the dramatic rocky Strumble Head with its unmanned lighthouse and bird observatory (15 minute walk from Salem).

Beautiful Beaches

There are beautiful clean, safe beaches, especially at Newport, Traeth Llyfn (Porthgain), Abermawr and Whitesands (St David’s). Parrog beach at Goodwick, and Lower Town, Fishguard, are safe for most watersports while there are opportunities for good fishing from the long breakwaters. Fishguard itself is only 3 miles away,a small, timeless market town with a range of shops including two supermarkets, art galleries, pubs, cinema and several restaurants and two food and craft markets every week – not to mention four music festivals each year! 

With many children’s activities available the area is an ideal place for a family holiday in Wales – look locally for ideas or Visit Pembrokeshire to look at the broader picture.


Depending on your family’s tastes and age-groups there is a wide range of activities within easy reach of Salem.  For the adventurous you will find a selection of: surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, horse riding, and Pembrokeshire’s own Coasteering – or, for the more leisurely: coarse fishing, golfing, and Fishguard’s leisure centre with its heated indoor pool.  See these and more on the GoFishguard website.

Crabbing is fun for all the family. Probably the best site in all Pembrokeshire for this ancient and satisfying pastime is at Fishguard’s Lower Town quay. Here you can buy all you need at Café On The Quay (April – end September). Fishermen also land their catches there so you can sometimes pick up a bargain.

In September and October seal pups can often be seen on the beaches from the coastal footpath, which brightens the treks for younger visitors.


Salem is in one of Britains finest walking areas.  Whether you want to takle the 186 mile (299 Km) Coastal Path or gently saunter around the peninsula there is a wonderful range of walks that start at the cottage door!  The whole coastal path is served by public transport – this section by the colouful “Strumble Shuttle” – enabling you to ride to the start of your chosen stretch and arrive again, at the cottage door.

If you want a change from the coast, the Preseli Hills (from which the Stonehenge stones are said to originate) are only a few miles away and provide wonderful walking.

Bird Watching

Strumble Head is one of Wales’, and perhaps the U.K’s, top coastal birding locations.The headland juts out so far into the Irish Sea that birds normally shy of land will short-cut close inshore.

The prime conditions are after a good south-westerly gale when the wind veers north-westerly. Then you can be among those lucky people to spot migratory birds seldom see in the British Isles. Recent sightings include:  Balearic Shearwater, Arctic Skua, Bonxie, Black Tern, Common Scoter, Long Tailed Skua, Sooty Shearwater, Great Skua, Little Gull, Roseate Tern – plus porpoises, dolphins and a sun fish.

For even more variety there are visits available to North Pembrokeshire’s four offshore islands: Skomer, Skokholm, Ramsey and, for the adenturous, Grassholm, a nesting colony of countless thousands of Gannets.

The Fishguard International Music Festival runs between 20th and 31st July with an outstanding program including: Kabantu, Meraki Duo, Only Boys Aloud, Alis Huws Harp, Welsh National Opera Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.

Click to find out more about festivals and other events throughout the year.

New things you might like to try!

Coasteeringthe sport that began in Pembrokeshire with multi award winners Celtic Quest

Paddle-boardingthe new fitness and fun craze no better way to see the coast from close up and personal!

Sea Kayaking – another multi award winner enjoy a new freedom on the water

Pony Trekking at Havard Stables near Dinas

Also at Llanwnda Riding School – just 2 miles from Salem

Priskilly Forrest  – a popular 9 Hole Golf in a beautiful setting at family run only a few miles away

Newport Golf Club – an 18 Hole Golf course about ten miles east along the A487

The Last Invasion Tapestry is permanently housed in Fishguard Town Hall in the town centre and is an absolute MUST for a visit!

The Saints and Stones Trail guides you through old churches and ancient stones, scattered among our timeless landscape

St Davids Cathedral  founded by the patron saint of Wales 700 years of continuous worship and astounding architecture

Visit Pembrokeshire website for beaches, craft workshops and other activities

For an overview, click the GoFishguard link to see all the cafés, restaurants and pubs featured on Fishguards own website. 

Especially . . .

Café On The Quay which operates in the summer months from the Yacht Club right at the end of Lower Town Quay

Spices Restaurant, Goodwick – genuine oriental food – a real treat

Ffwrn, Main Street, Fishguard – an amazing cafe, bakery, crêperie with heaps of character

Pepper’s, High Street, Fishguard – great café combined with art gallery

And don’t miss The Ship Inna wonderful, characterful and historic pub – centre of the Burton/Taylor/OToole/Ryan Davies filming of Under Milk Wood in the 1970s.

Also not far away

The Sloop Inn at Porthgain – a historic and characterful pub serving great food

The Shed at Porthgain – excellent seafood and fish and chips

The Cloisters Refectory, St Davids Cathedral – well presented food in an inspiring setting.

Farmers Arms, Mathry – Good heart food and a selectin of real ales.