The port of Fishguard is located on the Northern coast of Pembrokeshire. The ferry company Stenaline owns the port, and although ferry crossings to Ireland are the main source of activity at Fishguard, there is no doubt that the port still has an important position in the cargo industry. In 2010 the port of Fishguard handled almost half a million tonnes of cargo traffic, making it very important, and showing how accessible it is for Ireland and North West Wales.
Fishguard is the ideal port destination for container transit around the North of Wales. On leaving the port, joining the A487 arterial road transports containers along the coast to Aberystwyth (59 miles). Progressing along the A487 takes you through Snowdonia National Park, and further North towards Bangor (145 miles). Leaving the A487 at Aberystwyth, will take container transit inland. By joining other arterial routes such as the A44, A483 and the A458, will take container cargo through the country to Welshpool (113 miles), and across the Wales – England border into Shrewsbury (133 miles).
The history of Fishguard harbour is not that extensive as it is a relatively young port. Only completed and opened in 1906, its main usage has always been for ferry crossings to Ireland. Fishguard itself is famously known as being the point of the last invasion of Britain. This was known as the Battle of Fishguard, involving a strong force of French soldiers landing at Fishguard, but two days later they surrendered in 1797. The whole story is told by the Fishguard Tapestry, and is on display in a hall near to the town centre.
Development of the Marina and extension to the harbour at Fishguard can only improve what is already a thriving and well facilitated port operation, serving the North West of Wales.