The coastline of Pembrokeshire spans 186 glorious miles and National Geographic believe it to be the second-best coastline in the world, so you know you’re on to a good thing. Glamping in Pembrokeshire is a salty dream of secluded bays, spotting dolphins off the coast, watching surfers as you eat award-winning lobster rolls and a different beach for every day of your stay. It’s also cosying up in shepherd’s huts, reading next to log burners and clinking glasses in woodland hot tubs. If you’re weighing up various coastal breaks, glamping in Pembrokeshire beats just about anything.
With over 50 beaches, you’re spoilt for choice when you go sand-seeking while glamping in Pembrokeshire. Regularly voted one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire, Mwnt is accessible via the clifftop car park but also makes a great end to a section of the Wales Coastal Path. It’s a wildlife lover’s dream with dolphins regularly spotted playing out in the bay and seal pups known to flop onto the sand from August to December. Families love Broadhaven South Beach for its wide, soft sands, resident lifeguard (during summer months), ice cream stand and rock pools and small caves on the west side of the cove.
If you’re exploring the Pembrokeshire coast with a surfboard in hand, head to Freshwater West Beach. The current is strong and unwieldy, so it’s only for the experienced, but on its day it has some of the best waves in Wales. Barafundle Bay is a vision of crystal clear waters backed by pine trees and sand dunes that’ll brings an almost tropical feel to your glamping in Pembrokeshire. The waters are calm too, so perfect for open water swimming and paddling.
Much of Pembrokeshire is untouched by industry and farming, making it the perfect spot for wildlife. Dolphins, basking sharks, orcas, puffins, otters and red squirrels can be found in this haven. To give yourself the best chance of adding a dolphin sighting to your memories of glamping in Pemrbrokeshire, head for Cardigan Bay from June to September, although the pods are spotted there all year round.
The coast between New Quay and Cardigan Bay is well known for wildlife and you might also see grey seals and porpoises. For the adventurous, a sea kayaking tour brings you closer than ever to nature. Rentals are dotted along the coast and there are guided tours aplenty that take you to spots like the Blue Lagoon, the Witches Cauldron or Needle Rock. The puffins of Skomer Island are another big draw for many going glamping in Pembrokeshire. Over 6000 breeding pairs of puffins call this rugged island home and the best time to visit is mid-June to mid-July, as parent birds will be flying back and forth with food for their chicks.
Glamping in Pembrokeshire gives you endless options for hiking and the Strumble Head circular is often considered one of the best things to do in Pembrokeshire, walking or otherwise. It starts at a lighthouse and follows the undulating Pembrokeshire Coastal Path as far as Porthsychan, before taking in quiet country lanes and looping back to the coast. Dolphins and seals can be spotted from the coast, so take your time on what has to be one of our favourite Pembrokeshire walks. Another route perfect for taking in the Pembrokeshire coast is the 5-mile hike from Porthgain past the Blue Lagoon. Starting in the town, it runs along the coast and boasts epic views and birdlife. Roughly halfway, you’ll reach the Blue Lagoon, a flooded quarry disused since 1910. The lagoon is very deep, so swimming is only for the experienced.
A walk round Ramsey Island is perfect for bird lovers, as the land teems with guillemots, gulls, choughs and more. The ferry journey is short, and the island is tiny, so you’ll have plenty of time to circle its entirety on a day trip. And finally, the coastal walk from Saundersfoot to the colourful seaside town of Tenby is another of the great things to do in Pembrokeshire, as you wander from one beach to the other, zigzagging through fields and forest.
With so much adventuring to do, it pays to stay well-fuelled when you’re glamping in Pembrokeshire. Thankfully, Pembrokeshire is brimming with passionate producers and excellent eateries. After watching dolphins in the Cardigan bay, head inland to Pizza Tipi. For homemade and stonebaked pizza in a family-run restaurant in a courtyard on the banks of the River Teifi - the ‘cloud bread’ (aka focaccia) is only beaten by the view. Nearby, cafe Crwst offers arguably the best brunch in Wales. Good luck choosing between the thyme roasted apricots with yoghurt and the spicy nduja scrambled eggs.
For the sweet tooth, Pointz Castle Ice Cream make artisan gelato on their working dairy farm. Meet the herd and enjoy your ice cream with a very scenic view and an indoor play area to help the little ones burn off the energy - perfect for any rainy days when you’re glamping in Pembrokeshire. Café Môr on Freshwater Beach has been winning street food awards since it first opened its shutters. The famed fresh lobster and Welsh Sea Black Butter roll is the stuff of legend. It’s a very popular place so be sure to arrive early. The team here are passionate about Welsh, especially seaweed, which you’ll find across the menu including in Seaweed Tea and ‘kelpchup’, as interesting to taste as it is to say.
Glamping in Pembrokeshire
You’ll lose track of time when glamping in Pembrokeshire, as the area draws you into its coves and beaches on long days out. Explore epic landscapes and spot the wildlife that flourishes here, before returning to your Canopy & Stars space where you can expect comfort along with a bit of magic.
What glamping means to us
Stepping into nature and giving yourself a break is vital to good mental health. That’s why we created Canopy & Stars. Glamping in Pembrokeshire is the perfect escape to nature, giving you a chance to connect with yourself and your loved ones in beautiful countryside that invites you to switch off and unwind.
How we choose our places
A member of the Canopy & Stars team inspects and selects each of our spaces. When you are glamping in Pembrokeshire, you can be sure we know the space and the owners (and we love them!). We work with owners that put their heart and soul into a place, so you get to stay somewhere that’s as fun as Pembrokeshire itself.
About Canopy & Stars
We are passionate about nature, sustainability and brilliant places to stay. We are a small, independent, employee-owned travel company that puts the environment and our place on the planet first. That’s why we strive to make a positive impact with all our choices and the people we work with.
We're majority employee owned, which means we all get a say in how the business is run.
Our Charitable Trust uses 24% ownership of the company to support environmental causes
We're committing to raise £50,000 by 2027 to help protect nature in our national parks.