Dog friendly, easy access beach

A picturesque cove and village, with a beach of muddy sand and shingle, Abercastle is great for fishing, diving, kayaking, sailing, walking and slipway launching.

Facing north-west, it’s sheltered from south-westerly gales and provides a safe harbour for the local fishing fleet. In Welsh it’s known as Abercastell and Cwm Badau (Valley of Boats). In the past, it was a busy cargo port.

Carreg Sampson, an impressive Neolithic burial chamber, lies west of the beach and a short distance inland. Abercastle is particularly popular with divers, which can lead to congestion if too many cars and trailers are trying to get to the beach.



There are toilets at the beach side and a phone in the village. No disabled facilities or baby changing facilities available. Visit the Pembrokeshire County Council website for toilet opening dates and times.

A café and a pub can be found in few miles away in Trefin. Please help keep Abercastle beautiful and use the facilities provided or take your rubbish home.


Dog friendly?

Dogs are allowed all-year-round. There is a responsibility for dog owners to clean up after their dogs on the whole of this site.


Easy Access?

There’s a slipway with a gentle gradient which offers easy access to the sand. Concrete ramp: 1:15 to 1:12 for 19 metres, leading on to soft sand.


Getting there

You can get to Abercastle by bike, with the Celtic Trail running right past the cove. Visit the Sustrans website for more information on the Celtic Trail.

This beach is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. Visit the Coast Path section of this website to find out more.

The coastal bus the Strumble Shuttle stops at Abercastle. Visit the Pembrokeshire County Council website to see bus timetables.

By car, you can reach Abercastle from the St Davids-Fishguard road (A487) via Trefin or Mathry but there is very limited parking available.

Safety advice

  • Swimming is not advised here due to boat use and water quality.



  • Pembrokeshire County Council Bathing Water Byelaws apply to the whole area off this beach. These include a speed limit.
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority byelaws apply to the whole of the foreshore on this beach. Visit our byelaws page to find out more.

Find this beach

Grid ref: SM852336. Postcode: SA62 5HJ