Get Arty in Pembrokeshire: 5 of the Best Holiday Hotspots for Artists and Photographers
The wild, scenic beauty of Pembrokeshire has attracted artists for centuries. Its atmospheric skies, breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife mean it remains a popular holiday destination with painters and photographers. Pretty much anywhere you turn, you’ll find a scene worthy of any gallery wall. So, if you want to get arty on your 2020 holiday, here are some of the favourite haunts of visiting and resident artists and photography enthusiasts.
Cilgerran Castle and Gorge
If you fancy following in the illustrious footsteps of JMW Turner, a trip to the north of the county is a must. His sketches and paintings of Cilgerran Castle towering above the deep gorge of the river Teifi hang in the Tate and other renowned art galleries. It’s a beautiful spot to get your sketch book out and get to work with the gentle sound of the flowing river as your soundtrack. If you’re a photographer, keep your eyes peeled for the playful otters and busy kingfishers that live along the banks.
Not far from Warpool Court is the lovely little fishing port of Solva. Set yourself up on the old harbour walls with your paints, charcoals or camera and you can create the perfect seaside tableau. At high tide, fishing boats bob lazily in the sparkling waters, at low tide they lie angled on the seabed, casting wonderful shadows across seaweed coated sands. If you’re feeling energetic, walk up the headland for spectacular views of the village, harbour and surrounding countryside.
The Preseli Hills
If landscapes are your thing, make time for a foray into the wild peaks inland. The breathtaking windswept moorland of the Preseli Hills is stunning at any time of year, but especially when the slopes are swathed in a thick carpet of pink and purple heathers. Buzzards and red kites circle in the intense skies above, while wild ponies and sheep graze the land. It’s also dotted with Neolithic burial chambers and ancient stone circles. If you want a bit of drama in your art, this is the place to get creative.
Ty Canol Woods
If your drawing and painting involves detailed plant studies or you love nature photography, Ty Canol Woods is the place to go. It’s most famous for its ancient oaks and huge variety of rare and beautiful lichens that coat the trees and forest floor. The rich textures and shapes created in this unique place are an artist and photographer’s dream. If you like an other-worldly feel to your art, you’ll enjoy exploring this amazing place.
A big draw for wildlife artists and photographers, this unspoilt island just a few miles from the Pembrokeshire Coast is a favourite with birdwatchers. Skomer’s most popular visitors are the Atlantic Puffins who come here to breed each year. They’re a great subject for any artist, with their expressive faces and bright bills crammed full of fish. The island is also home to one of the largest colonies of Manx Shearwaters in the world, so you’re never short of soaring flocks of seabirds to capture on canvas or camera.
The perfect retreat for artists
You’ve only got to take a stroll through the hotel to realise how much we love art here at Warpool Court. Our art collection showcases some of the best artists in the local area. Not only that, we have one of Wales’s finest galleries, Oriel y Park on our doorstep. In St Davids itself, you’ll find other quality art galleries to give you some inspiration.
So, why not book your 2020 getaway at Warpool Court today? We’ve got a wide range of accommodation available, all with stunning sea or country views, so you can even sketch or snap away from the comfort of your room! Just get in touch with our friendly team.