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Portpatrick

Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway

The harbour at Portpatrick

Portpatrick is a harbour town on the west coast of the Rhins of Galloway with strong links with Northern Ireland, which is visible on a clear day. The harbour was the centre of boating links with Ireland until in 1849 the main shipping routes moved to Stranraer, and is now home of the resident Life Boat and host to many visiting yachts. There are a number of traditional hotels with outside seating overlooking the harbour which give the town a festive holiday atmosphere, especially during the annual folk festival. The harbour is good for sea fishing for conger, mullet, coalfish and plaice.

The mild climate makes the area a prized dairy farming area and the rugged coastlines and small bays make the area one of outstanding natural beauty. The golf course at Dunskey has magnificent views to the Irish coastline. The nearby Mull of Galloway on the most southerly tip of Scotland with its lighthouse is an area of special scientific interest and a R.S.P.B nature reserve, with razorbills, puffins and guillemots on the cliffs.

The Southern Upland Way starts at Portpatrick and finishes two hundred and twelve miles to the east at Cockburnspath in the Scottish Borders.

Portpatrick and nearby Port Logan were the settings for the fictional village of Ronansay in the BBC series Two Thousand Acres of Sky.

The harbour at Portpatrick

The harbour at Portpatrick


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Our site has a photograph gallery which seeks to give a flavour of this most beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland, please take our tour, if you do not know the area it may convince you that a visit is well worthwhile.

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