Porthclais

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

Boat coming into Porthcais Harbour, Pembrokeshire
Tide is in at Porthclais Harbour
Porthcais Harbour, Pembrokeshire

St Justinian's

This spectacular coastline boasts a view of Ramsey Island, a popular spot with wildlife lovers who flock to see birds, 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 lifeboat station – a fantastic focal point.

Views of Ramsey Island from St Justinians, Pembrokeshire
St Justinians, Pembrokeshire

St Davids Head

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. 

The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy

Climb up and around the hillside at Abereiddy Bay to reach the Blue Lagoon, a former slate quarry that has been flooded by neighbouring sea waters. Depending on the time of day, the waters can appear anywhere between rich jade, pale green, bright cyan and deep blue, making it a beautiful spot to try to capture colour. It is popular with divers and coasteerers, so you might get to see people making a splash. The ruined quarry buildings on top of the cliffs make a lovely break between land and sky.

Blue Lagoon at sunset, Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire
The Blue Lagoon, Abereiddy

Bishop's Palace

If you’re a fan of 14th century architecture, head to the Bishop's Palace, an 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.

St Davids Cathedral under clear blue sky
St Davids, Pembrokeshire

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