Things to See and Do in Portpatrick and Surrounding Area

When it comes to describing the local area to potential tourists, the hardest thing for us is not to spend too long on Portpatrick. We are admittedly biased, but even the most impartial judge would struggle to disagree with Portpatrick as one of the most beautiful little coastal villages in Scotland.

Portpatrick Village

Its harbour offers moorings and longing sites of some gorgeous yachts, as well as offering charter fishing trips and bonnie strolls around.

Along the harbour wall on the other side of the street is first a park, with a path leading into the Southern Upland Way. Next is the miniature golf course, and then a row of pubs and restaurants, including the award-winning Crown Hotel. There is also a baker's shop, Post Office and Amusement arcade. Portpatrick also has its own 18-hole golf course, Dunskey. Finally the beautiful little bay at the back of the harbour, offers a sheltered beach, which is warm on even the breeziest day.

There is also several quirky gift shops in Portpatrick, Lighthouse Pottery and the Smugglers Cove are ideal for picking up unique souveniers for friends and family.

There are numerous outstanding places to dine in and around Portpatrick. At the harbour side one can find the Crown Hotel with its award winning seafood and summer al-fresco dining, the Waterfront Hotel with restaraunt and bistro, and at the south end of the promenade, Campbell's Restaurant offering many speciality dishes. The Mount Stewart Hotel has a fine seafood menu and outstanding views over the sea, and higher up the north cliff, there is the Fernhill Hotel with its conservatory. All offer fresh local produce in season, a wide range of Malts, Wines and Ales and each has its own fantastic signature dish. Our staff will be happy to provide local information to help you plan your holiday. Call us today.

Surrounding Area

For all your big-shopping needs the town of Stranraer is about a 15-minute drive away clearly signposted. Stranraer has many shops, including many of the highstreet's biggest names and several supermarkets. You can also take a day trip to Northern Ireland on the ferry.

If you turn-right at the T-Junction (left is for Stranraer) heading for Sandhead, you will find more of Scotland's treasures including: the Kirkmadrine Stones (stones dating back the centuries), Logan Botanic Gardens and the Mull of Galloway (Scotland's southern-most tip). All of them are worthy of a visit, if you can tear yourself away from our gorgeous little village and its beach and pubs.