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Portpatrick is a harbour village in southwest Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway, 7 miles southwest of Stranraer town.

The village is extremely popular for bar meals, golf, sea fishing, sports, and walking trails.

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The image top is of the pier with car parking for hundreds of cars. The Light House Pottery is situated in the building next to the lighthouse.



The image second top is from the pier looking across the harbour with the large Portpatrick Hotel sitting high above the village.

The Smugglers Cove gift shop overlooks the harbour with an interesting range of items for sale.

Also on the harbour front are a number of hotels with real popular bar diners.

Next to the bar diners are the large putting greens, bowling and tennis.

The inner harbour is popular with kids diving, playing on the rocks that are like an island, and for the gift shop in the Lifeboat Station.

The inner harbour is where you can find a number of Sea Fishing trips on offer from 1 hour to 12 hours. Fish common in the area are Mackerel, Cod, Ling, Bass, Skate, Shark, and Conger Eel.

Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club is situated high above the village close to the Portpatrick Hotel. This is a real popular 18 hole 5908 yard, par 70 links / moorland course with great views.

Lagganmore Golf Club is situated 2 miles southeast of Portpatrick. This is an 18 hole, par 69, 5698 yard, moorland golf course opened in 2000 with a hotel.

On the south side of Portpatrick is the coastal walk passing the ruins of the 1500s Dunskey Castle, probably built for the Adair family. This walk follows the cliff tops and around a cove at the castle.

The First Stage of the Southern Upland Way walking route runs north from Portpatrick passing Killantringan Lighthouse 5 miles north, then on to Castle Kennedy, 13 miles northeast. The Southern Upland Way is 212 miles long, the longest official walk in Scotland, ending on the east coast at Cockburnspath village.

Dunskey Castle & Gardens built for Charles Lindsay in 1900, are situated one and a half miles northeast of Portpatrick with a cafe, maze, walled garden with a fish pond, woodland walks, and loch fishing. Dunskey Castle can be booked for holidays and functions.

Portpatrick History

1500s Dunskey Castle is built 1 mile south of Portpatrick and a fishing village evolved around the present day harbour.

1760s - a military road is completed linking Portpatrick with Stranraer and Dumfries. Cattle and Horses from County Down in Ireland were then landed at Portpatrick to be transferred to a market at Dumfries.

1800s early - there were regular sailings between Portpatrick and Ireland, Glasgow, Liverpool, and the Isle of Man.

1862 - the railway connected Portpatrick to Stranraer and Dumfries.

1860s - larger ships entering service led to the larger port of Stranraer taking most of the trade.

1950s - the rail links into Portpatrick were closed.

Today - most visitors travel to Portpatrick by car, regular bus service, or tour buses.

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