Portpatrick is a picturesque harbour town and one of South West Scotland’s most popular and alluring holiday villages, with a sandy beach, restaurants, watersports, walking, climbing, cycling, golf and classic Scottish family attractions. You are also within easy reach of places such as Galloway Forest Park, Ayr, and even day trips to Belfast where you can visit the Titanic Centre, for example.
The Portpatrick Hotel is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area including:
Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club
The Dunskey 18-hole, and the Dinvin 9-hole courses are a mixure of rolling moorland and seaside heath 150 feet above sea level, with views of the Isle of Man, the Mull of Kintyre and the Mourne Mountains.
Take a high-speed boat trip, sea-fishing cruise or sightseeing and nature-spotting trip. Or just sit and survey the scene from one of the restaurants and cafés. There’s a small, sandy beach here, and it’s a lovely starting point for one of the many walks, such as the 4-mile trek to the Killantringan Lighthouse.
The small town of Stranraer – a ferry port at the head of Loch Ryan – offers an array of nearby visitor attractions including Castle Kennedy Gardens, the Castle of St John, the Stranraer Millennium Centre as well as cafés, restaurants and shops and an annual Oyster Festival.
Stranraer Golf Club
A warm welcome is assured at this picturesque club, with 18-hole course, clubhouse and restaurant.
A 19th century castle in the Scottish Baronial style, and Castle Kennedy Gardens have held heritage status since 1985. Day permits are available to fly-fish on the River Luce.
Logan Botanic Garden
Scotland’s most exotic walled garden and conservatory, with a spectacular array of half-hardy perennials enjoying the almost subtropical climate warmed by the Gulf Stream.
Crossings to Larne and Belfast as well as more local trips to explore Loch Ryan.
RSPB Centre Mull of Galloway
A fantastic wetland site where you can spy guillemots, kittiwakes, peregrine falcons and puffins.