About this view
Much like its neighbour the Blue Lagoon, the pretty fishing village of Porthgain was once buzzing with heavy industry and was a busy port exporting stone for house and road building until the early 1930s.
The ruins that run along one side of the harbour are a series of red brick hoppers that once held crushed granite. The stone was quarried from the cliffs between Abereiddi and Porthgain and transported to the village by a tram line, which ran right onto the harbour wall itself. The centre of the village was also home to a brickworks.
In the 1980s, more than half a century after heavy industry had left the village, a deal was reached with the Sheffield firm that owned the land and property around the harbour and local residents were able to buy their own homes. The National Park Authority purchased land around the harbour and the centre of the village.
Since then the Authority has improved the harbour and slip, roofed Ty Mawr in the village centre and protects the stone hoppers that are such an important feature of Porthgain, giving a lasting reminder of its busy past.
Although this industry may have long since left the village, Porthgain is still a working fishing village and boats still operate from the harbour.
If you’re out on the coast near Porthgain be sure to keep a look out for the must-see birds found in the area – the chough and the peregrine falcon.
The chough is black with a striking red long beak and legs, while the peregrine falcon is a fast flying bird with aerodynamic back-swept wings it uses to ambush smaller birds in flight.
Porthgain was designated as a Conservation Area by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority in 1987.
How to get there
The narrow coastal road to Porthgain can become extremely busy during peak times, so we recommend taking a bus so you can enjoy a walk to Abereiddi by taking the Coast Path to the left of the harbour, or to Trefin by taking the right.
Service bus Llanrhian 413, *Strumble Shuttle 404 (*seasonal, hail & ride).
Visit Pembrokeshire Greenways for timetables and more information about Coastal Buses.
For further information on service buses see the timetables on Pembrokeshire County Council’s website.
For up to date travel information contact Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.traveline-cymru.info.