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Portpatrick Review and photographs of the Portpatrick Hotel accommodation with information about the tourist attractions of this beautiful Galloway harbour in Scotland
This is a gem of a Scottish harbour and quaint fishing village. It is the perfect getaway to enjoy a relaxing weekend away, combing fine food and drink, visitor attractions, sporting activities, chilling on the beach or sitting by the harbour watching the world go by. At weekends the RNLI shop is open selling a range of lifeboat souvenirs from their historic building and the lifeboat-men are actively training.
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Our top bar is the Waterfront Hotel and Bar with its many tables to enjoy sitting by the seafront. We always pay a visit to the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse
and the tearooms which command some outstanding views of the coastline. On the way back to Aberdeen a visit to Culzean Castle is a must. Other local attractions during your stay include Castle Kennedy and Gardens
, Dunskey Gardens and Maze
, Glenluce Abbey
, Glen Trool Forest Park, Burns Cottage and even a trip to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland using the nearby Stranraer ferries.
Our favourite place to stay is the Portpatrick Hotel, where we always book through the Coast and Country website having first seen their adverts in The Sunday Post newspaper. They offer a 2 or 3 night break at discounted rates which includes bed and breakfast.
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The hotel sits proudly above the cliffs affording a glorious view across the harbour and village for those lucky enough to book a seaview room. The other rooms give sights across to the golf course and their pitch and putt green.
If following sat nav instructions to their postcode DG9 8TQ which, for some unknown reason, took us to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute building, then ignore it when you get to the First World War Memorial with the Celtic cross. Just simply turn right here and follow the road to take you to their large car park which also has disabled parking right at the front door.
The dining room, bar, television lounge and quite room are on the ground floor and there are lifts to take you to the second and third floors. There are also rooms for guests with mobility problems on the ground floor. Reception is to the right as you enter, where a warm welcome always awaits us. This is the lovely thing about this Hotel: the staff are so happy and helpful.
The rooms are lovely and clean and the beds comfortable. The cleanliness continues throughout. Rooms are en-suite with free toiletries of bath or shower gel, soap and shampoo. Tea and coffee with a packet of biscuits is provided by the kettle and there is a hairdryer and television. Free Wifi is available in the lounge and bar.
Do take drinks out to the veranda where balcony furniture has been thoughtfully provided by the staff. The views across to the harbour are amazing and worth the price of the accommodation alone.
The dining room is lovely with its plush carpet, well set tables and ornate plastered walls and ceiling. It has been tastefully decorated with nautical paintings. A three course meal with tea or coffee and mints was included in our price. The menu changes each night and there is wide range of wine available and water is provided. Dishes we enjoyed included pate, pea and ham soup, prawn cocktail or Cullen skink as starters. Main meals were duck and mushroom pudding, haddock and chips and mushroom risotto. The desserts are fantastic and included apple crumble which had a super crunch thanks to the chef added a sprinkling of oats before baking.
Those who want a nice quite retreat will love it at this Portpatrick accommodation. There is no noisy entertainment so early nights were great for us after busy days looking round castles, lighthouses like Killantringan Lighthouse
, gardens and going for walks
. Breakfast didn't start till 8am so a lie in was a lovely luxury, especially as there is no noisy passing traffic. The porridge is a must to try, lovely and thick, lightly salted and hot. There is a toaster to help yourself to as much toast as you want along with a range of jams, preserves, honey and marmalade. Croissants, rolls yoghurt and fruit are available on request. Cooked breakfasts range from a full Scottish cooked breakfast including sausage, thick bacon, hash brown, fried egg and grilled tomato through to salmon scrambled eggs on toast.
Other things to do in Portpatrick Scotland include horse and cart rides along the main road by the sea.
There is a fun putting green which stretches over the river with a challenging shot which made me have to retrieve the ball from the water!
A visit to the pottery shop, The Lighthouse Pottery, is a must with some great souvenirs and collectables.
There are several churches, included a picturesque ruined church which can be seen best from the walk down the village by the War Memorial. A shorter stair walk behind the Hotel takes you directly to the bowling green and tennis courts by the public toilets.
Unusually for a Scottish seaside there is a large pigeon and dove population that lives in the walls and kept us entertained. The seagulls are not a nuisance unlike other coastal areas.
Do look out for the RNLI Memorial of outstretched arms to a ship hulk that is on the cliff wall behind the kid's play area. This was made to commemorate the lifeboatmen who fought bravely to rescue the Princess Victoria British Railways car ferry on 31st January 1953. It was bound for Northern Ireland and 130 passengers and crew were lost at sea during a storm when the stern gates to the car deck were forced open in the heavy seas. The Portpatrick Lifeboat Jeannie Spiers was dispatched to assist the rescue effort.
The RNLIB John Buchanan Barr 16-21.
Do try and get to the harbour in the evening to enjoy the most beautiful of sunsets and the sea by moonlight.
The children's playground.
On the way home to Aberdeen we stopped off at nearby Culzean Castle and Country Park
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