The Southern Upland Way and Other Walks from Portpatrick
Portpatrick is at the start of the Southern Upland Way, Scotland`s Coast to Coast Footpath. The first section is a delight following the cliff-tops from Portpatrick. Soon you pass the descriptively named North Witch Rock where, in the spring, many sea birds can be seen nesting and visit two secluded coves – Sandeel Bay and Laird`s Bay before arriving at Killantringan Lighthouse where there is a magnificent sandy beach.
The walk can be extended by exploring the beach at Killantringan – one of the best beaches in South West Scotland with its firm and level sand making it ideal for walking and exploring the rock pools. ‘In spring and early summer, the cliff tops are also alive with colourful wild flowers including orchids.
This half day walk is extremely popular as is the cliff walk in the opposite direction from Portpatrick to Knockinaam passing the spectacular and spooky ruins of Dunskey Castle.
Both walks can be combined to make a full day walk. Killantringan can also be combined with a walk through the delightful Dunskey Glen to Dunskey Gardens where there is a welcoming coffee shop.
Portpatrick Folk Festival
Portpatrick Folk Festival is held on the first weekend of September each year. Impromtu sesions are held both inside and outside the pubs on the sea front. A ceilidh is held in the Village Hall on the Friday evening while on the Saturday evening the hall is the venue for a concert.
If you are unable to manage to get to Portpatrick during the Folk Festival, there is live music at the Crown Hotel each weekend. Local Band, the Life o` Reilly are among regular performers with their mix of folk and contemporary styles.
Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat Week
A highlight of the year in Portpatrick is the RNLI Lifeboat Week, usually at the end of July.
The week always starts with the “Rib Raid” when the harbour is full of RIBS ( Rigid Inflatable Boats) from Northern Ireland and finishes with a spectacular firework display and bonfire. There are many other events each day such as mock rescues, golf competition, treasure hunt, sandcastle competition and a fun run .
Other events in Portpatrick include a Scooter Rally, the Vintage Trucks Rally, the Loony Dook on New Years Day, monthly Farmers Markets and regular Art and Craft Fairs.
Adventure and Sight Seeing Boat Trips
Loch Ryan Leisure now operate a fast RIB boat out of Portpatrick Harbour for trips up and don the coast line or as far as Aisla Craig or Northern Ireland. New for 2104 they are also operating fishing/sight seeing charters from a more conventional boat.
Where do I go for a coffee? – The Port Pantry in Main Street Portpatrick.
Where can I stay:-
Guest House – Rickwood House – Award Winning Hotel style Guest House in Portpatrick
Self Catering – Kirklauchline Holiday Cottage near Portpatrick
— Coast of SW Scotland (@RickwoodPortpat) March 9, 2015