Top spots for sketching around St Davids

With a spectacular coastline and interesting architecture, the area in and around St Davids is ideal for artists. Here the St Davids Arts Group tells us which spots are particularly picture perfect. 

  • Little boy looking at boats at Porthclais, Pembrokeshire
    Porthclais, Pembrokeshire

    Park up at this pretty harbour and sketch boats, lime kilns and cottages on the headland.  Secure a spot at the end of the harbor and find inspiration in rugged coastal views whilst enjoying the wonderful light that often illuminates the rich blue of the ocean and deep green grass of the clifftops.

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  • Spring at St. Justinians, looking across Ramsey Sound towards Ramsey Island
    St Justinians, Pembrokeshire by Barrie.Foster

    This spectacular coastline boasts a view of Ramsey Island, a popular spot with wildlife lovers who flock to see birds and, if they’re lucky, whales and dolphins. Take a walk along the coastal path for 360 degree views and position yourself at the end of the headland looking inland to capture St Justinian’s wooden red and white life boat station – a fantastic focal point. 

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  • If you’re a fan of 14th century architecture, head to this atmospheric ecclesiastical ruin on the edge of St Davids. Set amongst lush green grounds, the enduring grandeur of the imposing ruins testifies to the power of the church during the Middle Ages. Close to shops, cafes, pubs and art galleries, you can easily make a day of it.  

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  • A close up of Coetan Arthur burial chamber on St David's Head, rumoured to be King Arthur's burial chamber
    Coetan Arthur burial chamber, St Davids Head, Pembrokeshire by Mark.Turner

    St Davids Head offers dramatic coastal views in all directions, as well as clear shallow waters and a wonderful sandy beach scene. The rugged and spiritual spot is bathed in a lovely light and fantastic rock formations provide another focal point for artists who enjoy the exhilaration of coastal sketching. 

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  • Located between the pretty harbour village of Solva and St Davids, the seaward side of the Nine Wells Iron Age fort has fallen hundreds of feet into the sea, but banks and troughs are still clearly visible on the landlocked side.  Interesting rock formations and dramatic waves add to the atmosphere and the artistic potential.

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