Visit Portpatrick and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway. A small fishing and holiday resort on the West coast of the Rhinns of Galloway, Portpatrick was chartered as a burgh of barony on the 8th of February 1620, but the charter was later allowed to lapse.
It is only 214 miles North East of Donaghadee in Ireland, and was once of great importance as the shortest crossing-place to that country, but, owing to the danger of severe south-westerly gales at Portpatrick, Stranraer was developed as the port for the mail-steamers to Lame in Northern Ireland, and, from 1849, the harbour that had been built in 1821 to plans of the great John Rennie gradually silted up. The railway line from Stranraer is also closed now.
Portpatrick has become a holiday centre, with beautiful coastal scenery, delightful walks, sandy bays, a golf course, and other amenities, including a large hotel. The picturesque ruins of the 15th-century Dunskey Castle stand in a strong position on a headland, 4 miles South, where the Craigoch Burn enters the sea.
The name “Portpatrick” is said to derive from St Patrick who “strode from Ireland” across to Portpatrick.
Nearby towns: Girvan, Newton Stewart, Stranraer, Wigtown
Nearby villages: Ardwell, Auchmantle, Cairnryan, Castle Kennedy, Colfin, Dunragit, Innermessan, Kirkcolm, Leswalt, Sandhead, Stoneykirk
Have you decided to visit Portpatrick or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Portpatrick bed and breakfast (a Portpatrick B&B or Portpatrick b and b)
- a Portpatrick guesthouse
- a Portpatrick hotel (or motel)
- a Portpatrick self-catering establishment, or
- other Portpatrick accommodation