"an overlooked corner whose time has come" - Dixe Wills
Tucked away in the south west corner is the picturesque village of Portpatrick. And we think that if you're planning a trip to the region this year, then we should definitely be on your radar. Especially if capturing that perfect photo is your goal!
We ran a #PortpatrickPics competition for visitors and locals to showcase what the village has to offer.
There's such variation of scenery around Portpatrick. From dramatic and lonely vistas across the Irish sea from the rugged cliff tops, the unique and charming harbour with some of the best sunsets in the country, to the tranquillity of the Southern Upland way.
But it isn't just scenic photography that Portpatrick is suited for. Benefiting from a Gulf Stream climate, during the summer months there are plenty of opportunities to capture more action shots. Water sports such as kayaking or fishing, golf with the dramatic backdrop of Ireland on the horizon, or biking along Scotland's coast to coast route.
As well as wildlife photography. Again the Gulf Stream means a cornucopia of indigenous wildlife that you just won't find elsewhere in Scotland. Along with protected bird species gracing the sky.
These reasons and more are why Portpatrick should be your next travel photography destination.
We think that Portpatrick is one of the most picturesque places in Scotland. With the charming harbour in the village, the stunning vistas across the Irish Sea and the rugged countryside walks along the cliffs; there are some great spots to set up a tripod and snap some great pictures.
To celebrate the beauty that we live amongst we're holding a competition between the 1st and 18th April.
To enter all you need is to post your pictures of Portpatrick to social media using the hashtag #PortpatrickPics. We'll choose four winners and feature their photo on our website and social media.
Whether you're a photography pro, an aperture amateur or just a hopeful holiday snapper, we want to see your photo's of our beautiful seaside village.
Tweet, Tag or DM your photos to us and use #PortpatrickPics to enter.
With only 20 miles betwixt us and the Emerald Isle, there is a long history of friendship between the two coasts with many families spread across the water. St Patrick's Day provides an opportunity for friends and family to gather and celebrate their history and culture.
Saturday 19th promises to be an action packed day with Ireland hosting Scotland in the Rugby 6 Nations earlier in the evening at 5pm. We'll be showing the game in our bar areas and we hope you'll stick around to soak up the atmosphere later on in the evening.
For a small taste of what's in store for you watch Nathon and wife Rhona perform The Best of Times at Portpatrick's 2014 Folk Festival below.
It's going to be an action packed, fun filled day in The Harbour House bar and you don't want to miss out! If you'd like to reserve a spot for you and your family and friends then call us on 01776 810456.
The Easter Weekend is early this year, there's not much time left to book your 2016 Easter Holiday in Portpatrick.
The snowdrops will have barely disappeared before they are being replaced by the bright sunshine yellow of a Scottish Springtime and a carpet of daffodils.
Dumfries & Galloway was named the winner of Holiday Destination of the Year 2015/16 voted for by readers of Countryfile Magazine. So there's never been a better time to book your holiday and start exploring our little corner of South West Scotland. The region as a whole has so much to offer and keep you occupied during your stay, but we think that Portpatrick is a must in any tour of the county.
The community owned harbour has a great view across the Irish Sea, and as the skies begin to clear with the brighter weather you will be able to spot the Irish mainland only 20 miles away at one of the narrowest points between the two countries. Amaze at the aquatic vista with a coastal cliff-side walk to Killantringan Lighthouse; or an easier stroll to the Dunskey Estate where the full force of spring will be celebrated through their woodland walks.
There is plenty to see and do during a short break in Portpatrick and by booking your accommodation with us at The Harbour House you know you'll get the comfort of home in a picturesque seaside setting. All of our rooms have a contemporary finish, and our comfortable bar & bistro will provide the fuel and respite you'll need for your Easter holiday. Rooms start at £120 based on two sharing, for larger groups and a little more freedom during your stay we have self--catering available; and we are family and dog friendly so no one need be left behind!
Call 01776 810456 or book online today. We'll see you soon!
This Valentine's Day Win a Romantic Meal for you and a loved one at The Harbour House Hotel
We're giving away a romantic meal to one lucky winner and their guest between Friday 12th February and Sunday 14th 2016.
Entering couldn't be easier. Pop on over to Facebook or Twitter and Like, Share/Retweet the competition to be in with your chance of winning. Spread the love and share your stories of how you met your loved one or that special someone that you would treat to dinner.
We'll pick one winner, and then you and your guest could be enjoying a special Valentine's meal with bubbles on arrival. You can enter as many times as you like, but remember we only have one prize to give away so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win this amazing prize.
The competition will close on the 7th February so enter today!
Term & Conditions i. The meal will be a special Valentine's menu chosen by the restaurant. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements when confirming your prize. ii. The prize must be redeemed between Friday 12th February and Sunday 14th February 2016 iii. Bubbles on arrival will be limited to one glass per diner iv. No further drinks will be provided v. Max diners 2 vi. You may enter as many times as you wish by sharing or retweeting the competition on Facebook or Twitter but only one winner shall be chosen vii. Competition closes at 11:59pm GMT on the 7th February 2016 viii. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the 8th February ix. Winners will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen at random and so on x. The Harbour House Hotel retains the right to refuse service