The Harbour House Hotel
Out & About
Portpatrick is a brilliant seaside destination.
With a yearly calendar of events, and local sights and sporting activities, there’s no end of things to fill your day during your holiday. The hugely popular Lifeboat Week is held in August, and the Portpatrick Folk Festival is increasing in size year on year.
We recommend booking early if you plan on coming to Portpatrick for these events to avoid disappointment.
Nestled at the western end of The Southern Upland Way, our picturesque harbour town has much to offer both the seasoned and casual walker.
Whether it’s a short walk up to Dunskey Castle to take in the breath-taking views across the Irish Sea, a meander through the glens of the Dunskey Estate, or to travel the rugged cliff top to Killantringan Lighthouse, there are plenty of short walks available; and for the more adventurous Portpatrick is the start of the Southern Upland Way which offers some more challenging but no less picturesque walks up the coast and beyond.
For fans of sea angling, there are charter boats available from the harbour side by arrangement. Enjoy a sail along our rugged coastline and keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and the rarely sighted basking shark! The brooding ruins of Dunskey Castle overlooking the Irish Sea, once home to pirates and the scene of several sieges, are best seen by boat.
Local marine species caught (and mostly released) include pollock, skate, plaice, cod, mackerel and dogfish. There’s also fresh water fishing available on the Dunskey estate for both rainbow and brown trout. Dunskey Estate also offers shooting and skating during season.
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