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Portpatrick

Portpatrick

This scenic, coastal village is located within Dumfries and Galloway on the scenic West Coast of Scotland on the Rhins of Galloway. Facing the dramatic Atlantic Ocean, this village features spectacular views of Northern Ireland, which lies roughly 21 miles away. The iconic pastel shaded houses of the village make for a perfect postcard-picture view, with the craggy backdrop of rugged cliffs and wide-open seascapes. The village has a fascinating history dating back over 700 years, which can be explored at the ruins of Dunskey Castle and St Patrick’s Church as well as a variety of other sites of historic interest. There are a number of wonderful walks for visitors to the area to partake in, allowing the exploration of surrounding cliffs and featuring excellent views of the coastline.

We love Portpatrick because...

  • Scenic coastal village
  • Postcard-picture views
  • Fairy tale castle ruins
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Hotels in Portpatrick
Fernhill Hotel
Heugh Road Portpatrick DG9 8TD

Fernhill Hotel is a family run hotel set amidst wonderful coastal scenery on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.

2 nights from
£114.00pp
Fernhill Hotel
Heugh Road Portpatrick DG9 8TD

Fernhill Hotel is a family run hotel set amidst wonderful coastal scenery on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.

In and around Portpatrick

Dunskey Castle

This ruined castle still stands proud atop a rocky outcrop facing into the Irish Sea. Reminiscent of a fairy-tale castle, the tower house was erected in the 16th century and has been derelict for centuries after its destruction by the McCulloch clan. Visitors today can admire the mostly complete and architecturally impressive exterior, but are unable to enter inside the ruins.

St Patrick's Church

Dating way back to 1629, this ruined church was erected upon the foundations of the much older St Patrick’s Chapel. There are many speculations on the strange shape of the church, ranging from it being in use as a lighthouse, to influence from an Irish architect. At one stage, the church was a ‘Gretna Green’ for the Irish, who came over daily to be married at the church.

Stranraer Museum

From Scotland’s oldest ploughs to relics from Arctic explorers, this fascinating museum gives a great insight into the history of the local area. Visitors can learn from 3D photographs, interactive displays and an ever-changing roster of guest exhibitions. Enjoy displays focussing on archaeology, agriculture and maritime history.

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