Not to be confused with its Cornish counterpart, New Quay is actually a coastal town in the Cardigan Bay area of West Wales. The town is relatively small, but is still popular with tourists, thanks to its sandy beaches, lively harbour, and positioning as a seaside resort and traditional fishing town.
Along with a history in the fishing industry, New Quay also once played its part in the ship building trade, building Smacks and Schooners for cruising the local coastline, and a range of boats suitable for Atlantic crossings to The Americas. The shipbuilding took place in the centre of New Quay, and in Cei-Bach, and the Bay of Traethgwyn in the North. As well as its rich marine history, it also has some interesting literary connections, having inspired famous poet Dylan Thomas, who composed ‘Under Milk Wood’ while living in the area.
Visitors to the area always enjoy the New Quay Wildlife, especially the Bottlenose Dolphins which are often sited either from New Quay Pier, or on one of the regular Dolphin Spotting trips which launch from the pier. There’s also the chance to book on a Dolphin Survey Boat run by the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre. The Centre itself is also open to visitors, who can view exhibitions on the local wildlife, and other marine species that have been sighted and recorded in the area.
If that doesn’t give you a buzz, then you may be interested to know that just outside New Quay is the largest Bee Farm in Wales. New Quay Honey Farm produces both honey and mead, and also has a tearoom, an exhibition about bees, and a shop where you can buy goods made from the honey that’s farmed on-site. Products stocked include cosmetics, candles, mead and beekeeping equipment.
If you’d rather walk around outdoors and explore some of the local scenery, then head from New Quay along the route to Cwmtydu and Llangrannog, which joins up with the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. This route heads to the South of New Quay, or you can head North, which takes in Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, and the Dyfi Estuary National Nature Reserve, in the Borth area.
Alongside walking, there are other activities such as watersports, and fishing available throughout the year, but when it comes to New Quay’s event schedule, the best of the action happens in Summer. Regular events include New Quay Regatta, New Quay Music Festival, and in nearby Aberaeron , a Seafood Festival.
Aberaeron is an ideal place for a day trip, but there are other accessible options too, including a chance to pan for gold at the Roman Goldmine, located in Dolaucothi. There’s also a silver mine at Ponterwyd, stunning waterfalls in the Devils Bridge area, and several key bird watching spots at Nant-yr-Arian.
There’s one final thing you’ll want to experience if you choose to visit New Quay, and that’s their fresh Fish and Chips. There are, of course, many other food outlets serving up food to suit all tastes, or the chance to cook your own if you decide to go self-catering. There are traditional seaside cottages, along with farmhouses offering accommodation in the area, which are well worth checking out.
All in all, New Quay can offer holidaymakers a rural and seaside holiday all rolled into one, with plenty to see and do for all the family.