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
Special Offer - We've taken £50 off all our Bed & Breakfast rooms until the 20th March*
Until the 20th March 2016* you can stay with us from as little as £35 per person per night. That's a discount of up to 60%!!
Swap your January blues for the ocean breeze and treat yourself to a break in the picturesque Portpatrick. Enjoy a dinner in our bar and restaurant and soak in the atmosphere of this buzzing little harbour town. Our bar & bistro is both child and dog friendly so you can bring the whole family! If you're enjoying a longer stay and fancy some variation, there are plenty of nearby restaurants to choose from. The local favourite is Campbell's Restaurant, which deservedly holds the top spot for visitors and locals alike. Their menu features the best of British cuisine, with a specialisation in fish dishes, utilising the larder of the Irish Sea on our doorstep. Campbell's is just a short stroll down the promenade from the hotel's front door, and is a must to complete any visit to Portpatrick.
The weather this winter hasn't been ideal for getting out and about, but it finally seems to be drying up, and although it may be cold, we think the cold weather just makes some of the stunning scenery around The Harbour House Hotel even more impressive. It might not be the best time of year to start an expedition across the Southern Upland Way, but there are more walks around Portpatrick which are shorter and suitable for all skill levels which can be followed during these short winter days. We recommend taking the steps up to Dunskey Castle. A well marked path along the coastal cliff-top which can be easily followed by all ages and abilities. This route can get muddy in places, but it is one of the easiest walks around Portpatrick. And the pay-off is more than worth the effort. A stunning silhouette of Dunskey Castle set against an amber sky as the sun sets into the Irish Sea. During these shorter winter days this sight is even more impressive as the bright golden sunset is contrasted with a moody winter sea.
There's plenty to occupy you during your stay with us at The Harbour House Hotel, and with our special offer of £50 off all Bed & Breakfast accommodation, there couldn't be a better time to visit us.
Portpatrick was abuzz with music and laughter once again as one of many annual events took place the first weekend in September.
The 2015 Folk Festival unfortunately did not include a concert in the village hall on the final day, but locals and visitors alike were delighted by the talent on show around the whole village as the hotels and bars collaborated for the first time to make the festival a success. The Harbour House Hotel was at the centre of the festival, playing host to a number of musicians across the weekend.
Friday evening saw the return of festival favourites Nathon and Rhona Jones, who were warmly welcomed and performed a fantastic set that lasted into the wee hours. And on Saturday we hosted friends from across the Irish Sea who led a session that had everyone joining in.
This year’s festival was a resounding success, and with the audience growing year on year, 2016 promises to be even bigger and better. If you missed the folk festival this year, don’t fret, as even as we approach the close of a bustling 2015, events are already being planned for next year and here’s what you have to look forward to.
The year kicks off with Portpatrick’s songwriter festival Portfest. Now in its’ fourth year, organiser JJ Gilmore invites guests from all over to delight young and old alike. 2016’s festival will run the weekend of February 26th.
Just the month after Portpatrick will celebrate Irish culture, food and drink the weekend after St Patricks Day between March 18th & 20th. With such close ties to Northern Ireland, expect a high calibre of musicians for your entertainment.
June hosts the “Whisky No More” Scooter Rally the weekend of the 17th. And July 19th is the return of the Vintage Truck Rally.
The first week of August is the highly regarded Lifeboat Week. 2015 raised somewhere in the region of £30,000, a stellar effort by all involved, with the bonus of everyone having had a great time while doing it. 2016 promises the same if not better, with the weather hopefully clearing for two years’ worth of fireworks!
And if you’ve survived all that, then we come full circle with the annual Folk Festival again taking place the first weekend of September.
In addition there are plans to organise Portpatrick’s first Jazz & Blues festival, which have seen growing popularity across the country. How many more reasons do you need to come and visit?
The Harbour House Hotel serves food daily. We offer snacks, bar meals, three/four course dinners and daily specials - all cooked to order. We use as much fresh local produce as we can, according to season - our crab and lobster are fresh caught locally, and we use Galloway beef for our meat dishes.
Vegetarians are catered for, and if you have any dietry requirements or allergies, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Our conservatory makes the ideal venue for a meal with colleagues, friends or family. To book a reservation or to discuss your groups requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us! The Harbour House Hotel, 53 Main Street, Portpatrick, DG9 8JW. Tel: 01776 810456 – Fax: 01776 810488