Portpatrick is a pretty fishing village on the west coast of the Rhins of Galloway, south west Scotland. This quiet corner of Scotland is a haven for lovers of the outdoors and those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The harbourside at Portpatrick has a row of brightly painted houses and places where you can relax a while and enjoy delicious food and drink whilst watching the movement of the yachts, pleasure craft and fishing boats. There are attractive gift shops in the village selling local crafts and souvenirs of your visit and a general store and post office.
The scenic harbour in Portpatrick is popular with visiting yachts, fishing charters and pleasure cruises, especially as the coast of Northern Ireland is just 20 miles away. Portpatrick has its own RNLI Lifeboat, the John Buchanan Barr, and there is a well-stocked RNLI gift shop on the harbourside. The annual Portpatrick Lifeboat week attracts a lot of visitors to the area and is a week-long series of events for all the family, the grand finale of the week is an air and sea rescue demonstration followed by the crew bonfire and firework display in the evening.
The rocky coastline around Portpatrick is perfect for walking and you can start the 212 mile coast to coast footpath, the Southern Upland Way from here. From the village you can enjoy the walk to the ruins of Dunskey Castle, dating back to the 12th century.
Portpatrick has its own 18 hole and 9 hole golf course with spectacular sea views. Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Course is a short walk from the village and has a PGA professional who is available for coaching and advice. Great fun for all the family is the village putting green and children’s playground.