The village of Porthgain was a big surprise. It is in the back of beyond and tiny with several pretty cafes, a pub and a couple of small art calleries with the artists in residence. Below is the pub - the very well advertised Sloop Inn. (We didn't visit, it being only 10.30am!)
But then you turn towards the minute harbour and see these massive red brick ruins looming over the village and harbour! What ARE they? Feeling like we were presenting an episode of Coast, we went to investigate.
It turns out that Porthgian used to be at the centre of a huge quarrying export business. First there was a brick building factory and, as that died off, exporting material for road building to all over the UK stepped in to keep the harbour busy. You can still see the rows of shutes to load the ships and pictures of the big ships which used to visit.
It must have been a VERY different place back in the day from the sleepy, arty tourist village stuck on the edge of the back of beyond it is today.
The enterprising Sloop Inn had not missed a trick though and had used the big quarry for some free advertising!
The wild flowers did not desert us though.
And a beautiful beach showed us that the locals and tourists must have somewhere nice to go when the weather relents. We didn't take the steep steps down though...
So that was Porthgain...strangely sweet and memorable.