People catching Stena Line ferries from Fishguard to Rosslare
- or those riding in the opposite direction - will soon be able to enjoy some new, enhanced facilities in the Welsh port.
A plan by investment firm Conygar to create a 450-berth Marina and build new apartments, shops and restaurants in Fishguard has been granted planning permission.
The project was originally the brainchild of the Anglesey Boat Company, with Conygar taking over the project four years ago.
A report by Pembrokeshire County Council declared that the development should proceed as its economic benefits are likely to be "significant" and ferry passengers may be excited at the shopping and eating opportunities they are presented with at the port.
The site covers 80 acres on the south side of the harbour adjacent to the Stena Quay used for sailings to Rosslare and, after discussions between Conygar and local community conservation group The Sea Trust, it has been agreed that a new visitor centre will be part of the new complex.
Stena Line's route director Ian Davies said the development was an "exciting" prospect that promises "regeneration, tourism and job creation" in Fishguard.
Visitors using Fishguard as a stop off point may be keen not just on the area's future, but also its past and present.
This year marks 60 years since the nearby Pembroke Coast National Park was designated.
Covering 621 sq km and featuring 418 km of Wales' most spectacular coastline, the national park offers the prospect of enjoying wonderful seaside vistas alongside a calendar of events.
While visitors can enjoy everything from family treasure hunts at Carew Castle to boat trips to see the wildlife of Skomer Island.
The Pemrokeshire Coast Path is a popular walking route and from next month will be incorporated into the Welsh coastal path, which will make Wales the first country in the world to have a walking route along its entire seaboard.
Posted by Mark Robinson