Situated on the western shore of the Rhins of Galloway peninsula, Portpatrick is a beautiful scenic seaside town with quaint pastel-coloured houses, set around a small bay with cliffs forming the backdrop. It’s fascinating harbour attracts many passersby especially during the RNLI lifeboat week, held in August which sees the village thrive with visitors. Portpatrick used to be a port for transportation to and from Northern Ireland, however today it is a popular holiday resort and a very worthy place to find your next home.
Eat and Drink
There is a variety of restaurants which are infamous for their locally sourced seafood, including Campbell’s and The Waterfront. The locally owned pubs such as The Crown, Harbour House and The Downshire are all very welcoming and provide a lovely homely feel. Every September Portpatrick holds an annual Folk Festival, bringing a lively atmosphere to the town and provides lots of musical entertainment within the pubs.
Sport and Recreation
For keen walkers Portpatrick starts the Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s 212-mile coast to coast walk which begins with a spectacular cliff path northward towards the ruins of Dunskey Castle. The village also offers outdoor tennis courts, a play park and a putting green. Sitting above the village you find Portpatrick Golf Club with Dunskey 18 Holes and Dinvin 9 Hole Golf Courses.
The village benefits from a lovely primary school, with the majority of secondary students attending Stranraer Academy nearby.
Formerly a transportation port, it is the shortest sea crossing to Northern Ireland in Scotland. Portpatrick is only ten miles south of Stranraer, where trains are available to Ayr and Glasgow daily.