Out & About


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.

Portpatrick Golf The varied landscapes of Dumfries and Galloway make it a must in any golfer’s itinerary, with many courses offering multi-generational play, suitable for all abilities and ages. The Harbour House Hotel is perfectly situated with both Portpatrick Golf Club and Stranraer Golf Club within 15 minutes of the front door. Take in a round or two whilst enjoying the panoramic ocean view of the Irish Sea, a unique feature for golf in South West Scotland. Take advantage of our fantastic Golf Break; or journey slightly further afield to the world famous Turnberry Golf Club and Spa, approximately a 45 minute drive away.

Walking in PortpatrickNestled 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.

Local Sights and Things to Do There’s plenty to see and do in our corner of Dumfries & Galloway. Visit Scotland’s most southerly point, The Mull of Galloway, and try to spot dolphins and porpoises from one of the best spots in the UK to do so; or take advantage of the Gulf Stream climate and visit the exotic Logan Botanic Gardens. There are plenty of unique activities to thrill all ages.
Portpatrick Harbour Activities

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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