Portpatrick is a harbour village in
southwest Scotland - Dumfries
and Galloway, 7 miles southwest of
The village is extremely popular for
bar meals, golf, sea fishing, sports, and
See also a large Click On Map for the
area Top Attractions.
The image top is of the pier with car
parking for hundreds of cars. The Light House
Pottery is situated in the building next to
The image second top is from the pier
looking across the harbour with the large
Portpatrick Hotel sitting high above the
The Smugglers Cove gift shop overlooks the
harbour with an interesting range of items for
Also on the harbour front are a number of
hotels with real popular bar diners.
Next to the bar diners are the large putting
greens, bowling and tennis.
The inner harbour is popular with kids
diving, playing on the rocks that are like an
island, and for the gift shop in the Lifeboat
The inner harbour is where you can find a
number of Sea Fishing
trips on offer from 1 hour to 12 hours. Fish
common in the area are Mackerel, Cod, Ling,
Bass, Skate, Shark, and Conger Eel.
Portpatrick Dunskey Golf
Club is situated high above the village
close to the Portpatrick Hotel. This is a real
popular 18 hole 5908 yard, par 70 links /
moorland course with great views.
Club is situated 2 miles southeast of
Portpatrick. This is an 18 hole, par 69, 5698
yard, moorland golf course opened in 2000 with
On the south side of Portpatrick is the
coastal walk passing the ruins of the 1500s
probably built for the Adair family. This walk
follows the cliff tops and around a cove at the
The First Stage of
the Southern Upland Way walking route runs
north from Portpatrick passing Killantringan Lighthouse 5 miles
north, then on to Castle Kennedy, 13 miles
northeast. The Southern Upland
Way is 212 miles long, the longest official
walk in Scotland, ending on the east coast at
Dunskey Castle &
Gardens built for Charles Lindsay in 1900,
are situated one and a half miles northeast of
Portpatrick with a cafe, maze, walled garden
with a fish pond, woodland walks, and loch
fishing. Dunskey Castle can be booked for
holidays and functions.
1500s Dunskey Castle is built 1 mile south
of Portpatrick and a fishing village evolved
around the present day harbour.
1760s - a military road is completed linking
Portpatrick with Stranraer and Dumfries. Cattle
and Horses from County Down in Ireland were
then landed at Portpatrick to be transferred to
a market at Dumfries.
1800s early - there were regular sailings
between Portpatrick and Ireland, Glasgow,
Liverpool, and the Isle of Man.
1862 - the railway connected Portpatrick to
Stranraer and Dumfries.
1860s - larger ships entering service led to
the larger port of Stranraer taking most of the
1950s - the rail links into Portpatrick were
Today - most visitors travel to Portpatrick
by car, regular bus service, or tour buses.