Celtic Camping and Bunkhouses
As our colleagues at Cool Camping say, this campsite and hostel, just four miles north of St Davids on the Pembrokeshire Coast, will have you dancing a little jig of joy as soon as you’ve arrived, with stunning views across the sea from what is by any standards a spectacular clifftop location.
Situated on a National Trust-owned farm, it's run by the softly-spoken Ian Griffiths, who with his wife Judy opened the site back in 1992, with just a small field. Since then he has expanded the camping into further fields and converted some of the old stone barns to bunkhouses. The camping is deliberately simple with no minimum stay and campfires permitted, and there are three cosy bunkhouses – a big one made up of three eight-bed dorms and two private rooms, a smaller one with two six-bed dorms, and Ivy Lodge, which has a six-bed dorm and an eight-bed dorm. Each has kitchen facilities and communal bathrooms, a sitting room, and crockery, bedding and everything else you might need. Everything is also spotless, pricing is simple and you can either rent on a bed-and-breakfast basis or self-cater.
It's fabulous for groups, who can take over an entire bunkhouse for themselves, and great for those who want to take advantage of the outdoor activities the coast offers here, with bushcraft and survival skills available on-site and coasteering, surfing, sea kayaking and more available nearby, followed by a hog roast supper or surf-and-turf barbecue at the end of the day. There's also a sheltered swimming cove down below, Whitesands and Newgale beaches are nearby, and you couldn't be better placed for this magnificent stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast, with the coastal path on your doorstep. We reckon there's no better value place from which to enjoy it all.
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The Owner Says
Our favourite spot
Tents, well-behaved dogs (and owners), campervans, caravans – yes. Any type of group welcome – Celtic Camping offers Stag and Hen weekends filled with BBQs and outdoor/sea activities galore.
The local area
The pebble beach is a 10-minute walk away – just off the coast path. It’s small but has rockpools and is good for swimming. Or ramble along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path for just over 30 minutes towards Abereiddi’s famous Blue Lagoon. Don wetsuits, bouyancy aids and helmets to fling yourselves off the cliffs there and shute down waterfalls: Celtic Quest Coasteering (01348 837337), recently awarded Best Visitor Experience in Wales by the national tourist board, are based in Abereiddi and will take you out for around 2½ hours.
Best local places to eat and drink
You can pre-order brekkies (which feature the farm’s home-produced sausages and bacon), packed lunches and evening meals (when available). Amble along the coastal path to the famous Sloop Inn (01348 831449) at Porthgain harbour. As well as your standard meal times they offer an hour of Bacon Sarnies from 11a.m. till noon and an afternoon menu from 3–5p.m. so you’ll never go hungry.
Why stay with us?
We have 3 spacious camping fields, all with electric hook up and amazing coastal views, so there is something to suit everyone. There is flat enclosed family field, with two another larger external fields that have plenty of space for groups. Fires are allowed providing they are of off the ground: fire-pits can be borrowed. We have 2 main wash / toilet blocks servicing both the North and South sites – both have lovely warm showers, rows of loos and sinks, which are cleaned daily. There is also a more rudimentary shower and toilet block, close to the family field with baby changing facilities and disabled-access. We have two converted barns with amazing sea views that are supported by two commercial kitchens, these are ideal for dinning in. Both barns have external and internal washing-up sinks. There is an external drying room to accommodate wet suite buoyancy aids etc. We also have a large range of Bunkhouse and normal accommodation available on-site. Bushcraft courses available, on which you’ll be trained in how to cut down logs and make fire or go down to the field by the pond to build rafts. We also have some pigs on the farm.
Open, 'free-range' camping pitches, plus a handful of more formal, electricity-supplied spots. Bunkhouses also available.
£10 per night for camping, £18 per night in the bunkhouses, plus £6 for breakfast.
Open all year.
Farm machinery and the on site pond (although this is ringed by a fence) to be mindful of, and you’re on a cliff-top.
Take the A487 into St David’s and head north out of the city on Nun Street. Take the first left (before the rugby club) and continue along the road for 3½ miles, passing Pembrokeshire Sheepdogs and the nursery. Celtic Camping is on the left. By public transport, take the train to Haverfordwest and, from there, the Puffin Shuttle (no. 400) to St David’s; from there take the Strumble Shuttle (no.404), which will drop you off near the site on request.
Take a train to Haverfordwest and from the bus station there hop on the Puffin Shuttle (no. 400) to St David’s, then the Strumble Shuttle (no.404), which will drop you off near the site on request. Celtic Camping is 4 miles from St David’s.
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