During my visit to the Pembrokeshire coast of Wales in March, I booked a helicopter tour with Fly Heli Wales. I might be slightly addicted to viewing new destinations from the air, but I’ve found it to be a great way to get my bearings and even find places that I want to explore further.
On this particular flight, I peeped Solva from the air and noticed the medieval lime kilns that sit along the harbor. Before my helicopter tour, I didn’t know much about Solva, so if I hadn’t seen it from the air, then I may have missed this unique town during my trip to Wales.
My flight began at Haverfordwest Airport and the owner Sven asked me if there were any spots in particular that I wanted to see. I always love when helicopter companies ask these questions before a flight. I’ve taken flights where the pilot just sticks to his preferred route, instead of asking the customer what they prefer.
I asked him to hug the coast both ways so I could get the best aerial photos possible and he was happy to oblige. Sven even circled around a particular spot if it was a great photo opportunity.
My only regret was not asking him to fly over Tenby, but we did get to see some amazing landscapes all along the Pembrokeshire coast. There was a big storm approaching, so I probably wouldn’t have been able to get those amazing aerial photos of Tenby that I’ve seen online.
When we flew over Roch Castle (pictured below) I was told this is the place where Anthony Hopkins stays when he’s in town. I wonder if he rents out the entire castle!
Some of my favorite views are of the colorful houses scattered along the coast.
We flew over spots where the water had a deep turquoise hue — it looked as if we were flying over tropical water.
- Fly Heli Wales is the only place offering helicopter tours of the Pembrokeshire coast. Be sure to book in advance. Tours start at 49 Pounds per person.
- I recommend booking your helicopter tour towards the beginning of your vacation. If you see a spot that intrigues you from the air, then you will have time to visit that location during your trip.
- Fly early in the day — the winds are usually calmer.
- Bring layers — depending on the weather outside, it can either be really chilly or too warm inside the helicopter.
- Tip your pilot — 15% to 20% is standard.
Where to Stay on the Pembrokeshire Coast
I absolutely loved St. Brides Spa Hotel in Saundersfoot. My room had a stunning view of Saundersfoot Harbor in Pembrokeshire National Park with a covered balcony perfect for enjoying the sunsets. It’s close to all of the main sites in the area and just a quick drive to Tenby!
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