Links and Useful Contacts

PHOTOS:

http://www.stevegarratt.co.uk/the-old-school-hostel-68436

Steve & Mary came to stay as hostellers last year, and we hit it off with them immediately.  We found we had a lot in common (no mention of Mazda’s here though), and shared a certain sense of humour! Steve and Mary were also very appreciative of the quirky touches in the hostel, and we all agreed that we all appreciate the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (see http://www.crmsociety.com/ to be inspired)

Then we discovered Steve’s exceptional photography, and an idea for a great collaboration was spawned!  Steve has just spent a few days at the hostel working for his board – and the photo collection of The Old School Hostel on his website is the result of that hard graft.  We are extremely impressed with his photos and we intend to use them on a new improved website for the hostel, but that’s still a little way off.  So in the meantime please follow the link to his site for some interesting shots of the hostel, and while you are there take a look at the rest of his work, you’ll be pleased you did!

BED AND BREAKFAST

Many of our breakfast and packed lunch ingredients are wholefood and
organic, we source them from Essential Trading co-op:
www.essential-trading.coop
      

Walking Holidays:

Ramblers Association
http://Walking Holidays|Ramblers Worldwide
01707 331133

Walking Point 7 days on Pembroke Coast Path
01494 783 256

Celtic Trails
http://www.bestbritishwalks.com
01291 689 774

Footpath Holidays
http://www.footpath-holidays.com
01985 840049

Walking Women
http://www.walkingwomen.com
            01926 313321

 

OTHER ACCOMMODATION IN TREFIN:

Hamilton House B&B
Vivien & Chris Price (prices from £30.00)
01348 837 701

Park Court barn B&B
Gill and David Playne (prices from £26)
01348 837 073
e-mail bookings@parkcourtbarn.co.uk
website
http://www.parkcourtbarn.co.uk

Bryngarw Guest House
Anthony & Judith En-suite
B&B £30 - £35 per person
http://www.bryngarwguesthouse.co.uk
01348 831 211

Prendergast Caravan Park, Trefin
Camping Available
01348 831 368

 

THE COAST PATH

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. List of accommodation close
to coast path.
http://www.pcnpa.org.uk

Hamilton Backpackers, Fishguard. Contact Steve. Friendly laid back budget accommodation.
http://www.fishguard-backpackers.com
01348 874 797

YHA Central Reservations.
http://www.yha.org.uk
0870 770 8868

YHA Pwll Deri.
Volunteer run hostel. Advanced bookings through YHA Poppit Sands
01239 612 936

YHA St Davids
01437 720 345

For local bus and taxi contact details see 'Getting Here from There' below

 

AROUND AND ABOUT

Eating Out....

The Ship Inn, Trefin
01348 831 445

The Shed, Porthgain
AA seafood restaurant of the Year 2006/07
http://www.theshedporthgain.co.uk
01348 831 518

The Sloop Inn, Porthgain
http://www.sloop.co.uk
01348 831 449

Something's Cooking; Letterston
Popular Fish and Chip Restaurant
01358 840 621

Tourist Information Centres....

Fishguard Tourist Information Centre
01437 776 636
Open All Year

St Davids Tourist Information Centre
01437 720 392
Open All Year

Outdoor Activities and Boat Trips....

Sea Kayak Guides
contact Nige Robinson
info@seakayakguides.co.uk
http://www.seakayakguides.co.uk

TYF Adventure Activities
http://www.tyf.com
0800 132 588
01437 721 611

Venture Jet
The original Pembrokeshire jet boat experience.  Explore the Uk's only coastal
National Park at water level.  The jet powered RIB ventures deep into caves,
rocky coves and over rapids, and also offers relaxing wildlife adventures.
www.venturejet.co.uk

Celtic Quest Coasteering

Coasteering like your a pro - www.celticquest.co.uk

info@celticquest.co.uk    01348 881 530

Preseli Venture,
based at Mathry, close to Trefin
http://www.preseliventure.com
01348 837 709

Newgale YMCA Outdoor Education Centre
www.newgaleymca.co.uk
01437 720 959

Aquaphobia.
Environmentally aware company operating trips to Ramsey Island
http://www.aquaphobia-ramseyisland.co.uk
01437 720471

Thousand Island Expeditions
http://www.thousandislands.co.uk
01437 721 721 / 721 686

Ramsay Island Cruises
0800 028 6212
01437 721 423

Stena Line Day trips to Ireland from Fishguard from £19
http://www.stenaline.co.uk/days
08705 421126

 
Relaxation and pampering...
Working in South West Wales Mark carries out visits within Pembrokeshre where he practices the Bowen technique, massage, reiki healing, allergy testing and stress relief.
www.healers-hands.co.uk


GETTING HERE FROM THERE

Sustrans; The National Cycle Network
http://www.sustrans.org.uk
0117 929 0888

National Express Coach Services;
http://www.nationalexpress.com
08705 808080

National Rail Enquiries
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk
08457 484950

Traveline Excellent bus, train and other public transport information.
http://www.traveline-cymru.org.uk
0870 608 2 608 Lines open 7 - 10 daily

Richard Bros;
Bus operator of the 404 Strumble Shuttle, 411  Haverfordwest - St Davids & 413 St Davids - Trefin - Fishguard Service.
http://www.richardsbros.co.uk
01239 613756

Arriva Trains Wales
http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk

TAXI SERVICES

Franks Taxis
St Davids
01437 721 731 / 07974 391 522

Tony's Taxis
St Davids
01437 720 931

Whitsands Bay Taxi Service
Wheelchair accessible
Up to 7 passengers
01437 720 987 / 07817 003457

Carrots Cabs
Fishguard   01348 872 088

Stena Line Day to Ireland from Fishguard 
http://www.stenaline.co.uk/days
08705 421126

 

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL & ETHICAL POLICY

We are affiliated to Friends of Nature UK, which is part of Friends of Nature International, who have approximately 600,000 members mostly in Europe and a chain of some 800 houses (i.e. Hostels) scattered through Switzerland, France, Austria etc. Go to  www.naturefriends.org.uk for more information on UK hostels, and for the international houses list go to www.friendsofnaturehouses.net

Some Green Electricity providers:

Ecotricity
http://www.ecotricity.co.uk
Freephone 0800 0326 100

Good Energy
http://www.good-energy.co.uk
0845 456 1640

Many of our breakfast and packed lunch ingredients are wholefood and organic, we source them from Essential Trading co-op:
www.essential-trading.coop

See our Roly Pig composter in action on
http://www.rolypig.com

Woodland Trust For every new member the trust can care for approximately half an acre of woodland.
http://www.woodland-trust.org.uk
Freephone 0800 026 9650

Rainforest Concern Buys and protects South American rainforest. Sponsor and acre for £25.
http://www.rainforestconcern.org.uk
020 7229 2093

Trees for Life Fabulous small charity. Aims to restore a large area of the Scottish Highlands to native Caledonian Forest, 99% of which has been cut down. Runs great tree planting working holidays
http://www.treesforlife.org.uk

Oxfam Give trees as a gift from their funky gift catalogue. From £8
http://www.oxfam.org.uk

Co-op Bank. The only high street bank with an environmental and ethical policy
http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk

 

OUR TRIP

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
A mutual exchange working for bed and board in some fabulous locations. Experience not usual necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm. Highly recommended.
http://www.wwoof.org.uk

The Landmark Trust
Holidays and short breaks in wonderfully restored buildings of great character. Expensive in summer, inexpensive off season. Your own rambling mansion in Scotland for the same price per head as a hostel for example. Lavishly illustrated brochure costs about £11 but is refundable against your first booking.
http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk
01628 825 925

YHA
Become a volunteer warden at various small characterful hostels in England and Wales, including our neighbour at Pwll Deri.
http://www.vounteers@yha.org.uk
01629 592 562

SYHA Be a volunteer warden at hostels in Scotland including the one on the island of Raasay off Skye.
http://www.syha.org.uk
01786 891 400

 

HOSTELS

How about a two-centre holiday ?
Lawrenny Millenium Community Hostel could be our twin! Also once a village school, of a similar size, and also in an attractive village with an award winning cafe.  It is in south Pembrokeshire not far from Pembroke Castle and many other family attractions.  It offers family and very flexible accommodation and all amenities. The lush green quiet area around the hostel is ideal for relaxing and unwinding. Take a look at their website:
www.lawrennyvillage.co.uk/hostel

Hostelguides
Hostels Database Hostelz.com - The world hostels guide. 

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