Welcome to Portpatrick
. . . a little piece of paradise on the Rhins of Galloway
Where to find us
Nestling on the western coast of the Rhins of Galloway in South West Scotland you’ll find the pretty seaside town of Portpatrick. Pastel coloured houses huddle round the now quiet harbour that was once a busy port for transport to and from Northern Ireland just 21 miles to the West.
The coastline surrounding Portpatrick hit the headlines in early 2017 as the location for Gerard Butler’s film, The Keepers. Secluded beaches lie to the North and South of the village – described by Gerard himself as ‘just paradise.’
Ideal stop-over for ferries to Northern Ireland
For visitors travelling to and from Northern Ireland, Portpatrick provides a convenient stop-over point. Ferries to Larne or Belfast leave from Cairnryan just 13 miles further north.
Stay and explore
But don’t rush off across the water too soon. You’ll find plenty to enjoy if you stay a while in this pretty village on the western edge of Dumfries and Galloway.
A stroll or a hike?
Walking is a popular option with Dunskey Castle a short stroll along the cliff tops. Portpatrick is also the start of the Southern Upland Way which continues 212 miles all the way over to the east coast. The first steps of the walk can be seen from Number 4 itself, making it an ideal overnight stopover before heading off on the coast to coast challenge.
A micro-climate for gardeners
The coastline of Dumfries and Galloway enjoys a pleasant climate with The Gulf Stream flowing in from the north. Subtropical plant life flourishes in this microclimate and keen gardeners will love Logan Botanic Gardens close by.
Fishing and fun
Sea angling is a popular pastime and you’ll find charter boats in the harbour.
Portpatrick hosts a number of events throughout the year including a scooter weekend in June, the annual Life Boat Week in August and a folk festival in September. This year, 2018 the Run Ultra race sets off from Portpatrick on the 18 August. There are bowls clubs, a golf club and a selection of pubs and restaurants to choose from.
The village is also home to a mini putting green just off the harbour front. It’s here, overlooking the putting green, you’ll find a pretty terrace of black and white, art deco houses.
Look a little closer and you’ll find Number 4 Portpatrick B&B just waiting to welcome you for your stay in Dumfries and Galloway.
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A beautiful, often undiscovered part of Scotland. Well worth stopping to explore before heading North to the highlands.
And the Gulf Stream helps make the climate a little milder!”