2019 is the Year of Discovery

Mother and daughter at Bluestone

2019 is officially the Year of Discovery in Wales, with 12 months dedicated to exploring the best of our glorious nation.

Visit Wales is encouraging people to discover experiences you simply won’t find anywhere else - diving in and letting the wonders of Wales wash over you.

Whether it’s miles and miles of glorious coastline, stunning landscapes or countless beaches - there’s unforgettable holidays lying in wait for you in 2019.

To help you plan yours, we’ve put together a list of a few adventures to make your Year of Discovery a memorable one.

Discover jaw-dropping cliff-top walks


St Martin's Head

Wherever you choose to go in Wales, you’re pretty much only ever an hour away from the coast - and in our opinion you can’t beat exploring Wales by sea - particularly Pembrokeshire.

The 186-mile Pembrokeshire section of the coast path covers the north, west and south of the county - spot seabirds fluttering from clifftop nests and dolphins dancing in the waves in the distance.

There’s 800 miles of coastal path to discover in total, with endless epic experiences and seascapes to survey along the way.

Discover secret beaches

Secret beach in Pembrokeshire

Head a little bit off the beaten track and you’ll be spoilt for choice for secluded little coves and beautiful little beaches that will feel like your own personal slice of paradise.

Try the remote stretches of the Marloes Peninsula, where you’ll find vast beaches like Marloe Sands and tiny coves like St Bride’s Haven that are just as uncluttered as each other. Some of our favourites include Nolton Haven and Swanlake Bay - see our full guide to finding the best hidden beaches in Pembrokeshire.

Discover tiny villages


Solva harbour

Picturesque stone villages pockmark the Pembrokeshire coastline and nestle in stunning countryside with cosy pubs, winding rivers and miniature harbours to discover.

Try Solva - with its charming quay and High Street is bustling with pubs, craft shops and art galleries. Or try Little Haven, perched beside a small cove on the west coast of Pembrokeshire near popular Broadhaven beach. It’s an old fishing village with a pretty little beach to wander around and a picturesque stream that washes out into St Bride’s Bay.

Feel like you’re on top of the world

Foel Eryr

Wales is literally scattered with rolling countryside that offers panoramic views without schlepping up a mountain. The Preseli Hills are a bit more forgiving though still rise to 536m in the northern half of the Pembrokeshire range. They’re dotted with a few hamlets and villages but are mostly remote, wide-open moorland with an otherworldly feel. Try the short walk to Foel Eryr where the 360 degree panorama leads the eye across the sea to Ireland and Snowdonia on a clear day.

Discover adventure

Coasteering

Pembrokeshire is the spiritual home of coasteering, which mostly involves scrambling over rocks, swimming furiously and jumping off cliffs.

Pioneered by adrenalin enthusiasts TYF in St David’s you'll take on Pembrokeshire’s gloriously rocky coastline without fear, doing all the things you were warned not to do as a kid. Go with a qualified instructor to stay safe and literally immerse yourself in the most exhilarating of seaside activities.

If you’re not keen on plunging into the sea, Wales absolutely loves a zip wire, with heart-pounding descents ready for thrill seekers in wooded valleys, forest canopies and old quarries.

Fly down Bluestone’s Steep Ravine valley on four adrenaline pumping cables ranging from 60-250ft, while you ‘surf’ along the top of the forest. Take in the breathtaking views, if you can keep your eyes open!

Discover rare wildlife


Flying Puffin at Cliff

Wales’s rugged coastline is buzzing with wildlife, including red kites, falcons and puffins out of the water and basking sharks, dolphins and orcas in it. Take a boat trip to Skomer Island to see its booming puffin population.

Discover the thrill of surfing

Surfing

The thought of plunging into the Atlantic Ocean might seem like madness to some, but pull on your wetsuit, grab a board and you’ll wonder why you waited so long to try it. Get the little ones bodyboarding or book the whole family in for a lesson at popular surf school spots such as Freshwater West.

Discover a cuisine to truly savour


Mussels

From the simple beauty of buttered Pembrokeshire new potatoes to gastronomic creations that would grace the tables of high society, Wales is rapidly becoming a foodie destination. Staying at Bluestone? You can’t go wrong with the Farmhouse Grill, which celebrates Pembrokeshire produce by grilling fresh local meats and fish - as well as plenty of vegan options using the best fruit and veg the county has to offer.

Discover poetry that inspires


Tenby at sunset

Retracing the steps of Wales’ troubled poet Dylan Thomas is among some of the most rewarding experiences (particularly if your family holidays usually have a bit of education planned as standard).

Thomas toured much of Pembrokeshire - holidaying in St Dogmaels, performing in Tenby, taking visitors to St David’s and taking trips to Fishguard and the Sailor’s Safety Inn in Pwllgwaeod. Solva was also a filming location for the 2014 version of his most famous work, Under Milk Wood.

Fancy discovering Wales in 2019? Make Bluestone your base and explore our breaks

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