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Marloes Sands

Marloes Sands

About this view

Marloes Sands is one of the Pembrokeshire Coast’s most popular beaches, boasting a combination of golden sands and the opportunity to watch a wonderful array of wildlife, from seals to sea birds.

The picturesque beach is popular with walkers and bird-watchers alike as the nearby islands of Skomer and Skokholm attract a wide range of rare sea birds and the surrounding waters are also home to a range of other fascinating creatures.

In fact, Skomer and Skokholm are National Nature Reserves and are home to internationally significant sea bird colonies including petrels, gulls, manx shearwaters, puffins, razorbills and guillemots.

In autumn, seals pup on the rocks and coves around the islands as well as on the mainland, while Jack Sound, which separates Skomer from the mainland, is also a well-known feeding ground for gannets and porpoises.

The National Park Authority has produced bilingual leaflets detailing the best places to spot wildlife around the Pembrokeshire Coast. Follow the link to read more and download these fact-packed wildlife guides.

Please note: The Matthew Slade steps at the eastern end of Marloes Sands were undermined by the recent storms. There are plans to repair the steps in February 2014 with help from a group from the Prince’s Trust.

If you would like to get involved with some practical conservation work, come along for a big beach clean on Marloes Sands, organised in conjunction with Keep Wales Tidy on Sunday, February 2nd 2014.

Meet at Marloes Sands car park at 12 noon, please wear sturdy footwear. Litter-pickers, gloves and bin bags will be provided.

Related walks

Deer Park to Marloes Youth Hostel – Gentle Stroll.
Dale Airfield – Wheelchair Walk.

Deer Park/Marloes – Half Day + Walk.

Further information

Marloes Sands has starred on the silver screen on more than one occasion, having been used as a filming location for the 1968 film The Lion in Winter and more recently for the 2012 Hollywood blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman.

The Marloes Peninsula is also home to diverse geology with sandstone rocks to the south and harder volcanic rocks to the north, while the area also boasts a rich cultural history, with a fine Iron Age fort on the Gateholm promontory in Watery Bay.

The shingle beaches and rocky coves around Marloes and Gateholm are famous for numerous historic shipwrecks, caused by the treacherous seas around the islands.

How to get there

As Marloes is home to one of Pembrokeshire’s most popular beaches, the narrow coastal roads can become extremely busy, so we recommend the best way to travel is by bus.

Service bus Marloes 315/316, *Puffin Shuttle 400 to Martin’s Haven (*seasonal, hail and 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