There are a number of excellent golf courses in and near Portpatrick, the closest being Portpatrick Golf Club itself which is just a few minutes walk from our gate.
Three of these golf clubs, Portpatrick, Stranraer and Wigtownshire County offer reduced green fees to our guests. Both Portpatrick Golf Course and Stranraer Golf Courses are listed in Scotland’s top 100 courses. St, Medan’s Golf Course is the most southerly golf course in Scotland.
Portpatrick Bowling Green
We have a bowling green open to visitors, located near Portpatrick harbour.
Prices – (2010) £2,50 per day. £12.00 per week or £22.00 per fortnight.
There is also a putting green next to the bowling green.
The tennis court also near the putting and bowling doubles as a 5 a side football pitch.
Pitch & Put
There is a pitch & put course at the Portpatrick Hotel which is available to non-residents.
Bowling at Sandhead
At nearby Sandhead there is a large bowling green which welcomes visitors. It is reasonably priced (2010) at £2.00 per player per day. Weekly fee is £10 or £14 for two weeks.
Some of our favourite walks in the Portpatrick area.
We hope that you will find the walking information helpful and that you will enjoy these walks.
We have a stock of maps for our area, some walking poles and a compass which our guests are welcome to borrow when walking.
We are very keen walkers ourselves and are happy to chat about alternative walks in South West Scotland.
Although Portpatrick Harbour is now little used by commercial fishing boats there are several options available for visitors to fish either in the sea or nearby lochs.
Rock Fishing from Portpatrick
There are 6 “seats” on the rocks around Portpatrick harbour and each can usually fish 3-4 people. Species available include cod, pollack, plaice, mackerel and mullet amongst others.
Portpatrick Community Council have included an excellent article in their newsletter giving full details of these seats and copies are available at Rickwood and other accommodation providers in the village.
Sea Fishing (from boat)
Two boat owners operate from Portpatrick Harbour providing various options for sea fishing and for sight seeing trips. Please contact us for current details.
Loch Fishing at Dunskey Gardens, Portpatrick
Dunskey Estate, about a mile out of Portpatrick has two fresh-water lochs well stocked with Rainbow & Brown Trout.
There are boats on both lochs and a fishing hut on the smaller one, and there will never be more than two boats on the larger one and one on the smaller one.
Loch Fishing at Dunskey costs £20 for a day ticket including boat (3 fish), £16 for an evening ticket (2 fish).
Portpatrick Folk Festival
Portpatrick Folk Festival is an annual event held on the first weekend of September. If weather permits, informal sessions are held outdoors on the harbour front as well as concerts in the village hall, the Crown Hotel in Portpatrick and other hotels in Portpatrick.
Portpatrick’s own “Life o Reilly” feature throughout the weekend.
Wigtown Book Festival
This popular annual event starts in late September and usually runs into the start of October.
Wigtown Book Festival has been held since 1999 and seems to get bigger and better each year. It is now one of the major events in the South of Scotland.
Wigtown itself is only about 40 minutes by car from Portpatrick so a stay in Portpatrick can easily be combined with visits to Wigtown Book Festival.
“Big names” attending the festival in recent years include Ian Rankin, Iain (M) Banks, John Byrne, Phyllida Law, Margo MacDonald, Martin Bell, Allan Massie, Sally Magnusson, Barbara Dickson and many others.
A full programme can be accessed at: www.wigtownbookfestival.com