Portpatrick is a charming, unspoilt village. It is set around a beautiful little harbour. There are several attractive beaches within easy driving distance and stunning cliff walks along the coast. The Southern Upland Way has its western starting point in the village.
Dunskey Golf Club, above the village to the North, has a 9 and an 18-hole course, with views out across the North Channel to Ireland.
The village also has a 18-hole putting green on the harbourside. There is a bowling green and all-weather tennis courts beside the harbour.
The village is well served by waterfront pubs, a general store, a post office, several craft and gift shops, and good restaurants. A key feature of village life is the sea-going Portpatrick lifeboat. There are some marvelous panoramas of Portpatrick Village created by Scottish photographer David Rowley here
The area surrounding Portpatrick is full of interesting places to visit. Whether you want to take a gentle stroll along the cliffs, walk part of the Southern Upland Way, drive up the coast to Culzean Castle, or just take a picnic or barbeque to one of the many almost-deserted beaches up and down the coast, you will find something that suits everyone.
Places of Interest include:
Killantringan Lighthouse: just up the coast, has a magnificent sweep of sandy beach at the foot of the cliffs to the north. You can walk to the lighthouse from the north end of the village along the Southern Upland Way, or get to it via a track off the A764. The turnoff is clearly marked.
Knockinaam Lodge: in Port of Spittal Bay is approximately 4 miles south of Portpatrick. Knockinaam has won many awards including Michelin and AA stars. It provides a fine dining experience, but also serves excellent (and reasonably-priced) morning and afternoon teas and coffees, and bar lunches.
Galloway Forest Park: has beautiful forest drives, otter pools, wild goats, woodland sculptures and breathtaking scenery. Glen Trool oak forest has particularly fine walks.
Logan Gardens; a few miles to the South of the village, has a wealth of sub-tropical flora. It's the closest you can get to the Eucalypt forests of Australia without that terrible flight!
Glenwhan Gardens: at Dunragit, a few miles to the East of Portpatrick overlooking Luce Bay.
Culzean Castle; agreed by many to be Scotland's finest, is about an hour’s drive up the Ayrshire Coast past Turnberry Golf Course. Drive a couple of miles further north on the A719 to Knowleside to see and experience the Electric Brae, a natural optical illusion on the road your car will run uphill!