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A charming village offering spectacular coastal scenery

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Rocky outcrops on Marloes Sands

Located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Marloes is a small coastal village tucked away on a peninsula, overlooking 10km of beach and cliff scenery.

Marloes is known for being home to one of Pembrokeshire’s most impressive beaches, Marloes Sands. This often-quiet beach remains a hidden gem, boasting a mile-long stretch of golden sand backed by towering cliffs. Rocky outcrops can also be seen on the beach at low tide, including the vertical stone structure of the Three Chimneys. Marloes also encompasses St Brides and St Brides Haven is another attractive cove worth visiting. This sheltered beach is lined with sand, pebbles, shingle and red rock and enjoys great views out over St Brides Bay. Musselwick is another fine sandy beach, but it can only be accessed at low tide.

Puffins on Skomer Island

Its great location within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park means that a variety of stunning coastal scenery can be easily discovered. Much of what the National Park has to offer can be explored on foot thanks to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, a 186-mile-long trail which follows the coast around from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south. A number of great walks can be had from Marloes, including a 12-mile walk around the peninsula to Dale, and another walk the other way towards Little Haven and Broad Haven.

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is also well-known for its wildlife, and Marloes is one of the best places to base yourself for some wildlife watching. A variety of birds can often be seen on Marloes Sands, and seals are also regular visitors. The best way, however, to see some wildlife you see hardly anywhere else in the UK is to take a boat trip to Skomer Island.

Weather dependent, boats regularly make the ten-minute trip from Martin’s Haven, a small cove two miles from Marloes, to Skomer Island, which you can land on and explore. Skomer is best known for its large colony of puffins, but you can also spot seals, dolphins, porpoise and birds including gannets and Manx shearwaters.

As Marloes is a small village, it enjoys a small selection of places to eat and drink, though many other places can also be found in the nearby village. The Marloes Village Store is a shop, post office and café all in one, offering breakfasts, sandwiches, pasties and more. The Lobster Pot is the village pub, offering a menu of all the classics for lunch and dinner, with a pool table and log fire ensuring you’ll be able to while away a few hours here.

“Marloes is one of the best places to base yourself for wildlife watching…”

Close by you’ll find a number of other wonderful places to visit, including the watersport haven of Dale (1 mile), St Ann’s Head (4.5 miles), with its striking lighthouse, and Milford Haven (9 miles), the nearest town and the largest port in Wales.

If you’ve been inspired to visit this stunning corner of Pembrokeshire, take a look at our full collection of Marloes cottages for more great holiday ideas.

While you’re there

Marloes Sands

A fine stretch of sandy beach backed by tall, dramatic cliffs

Skomer Island

Take a boat trip to this wildlife haven, home to puffins, seals, dolphins and more

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Explore the Pembrokeshire coast and its stunning vistas on foot with this 186-mile-long trail

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