227km (141 miles) SW of Edinburgh, 13km (8 miles) SW of Stranraer, 156km (97 miles) SW of Glasgow, 129km (80 miles) W of Dumfries
Until 1849, steamers sailed the 34km (21 miles) from Donaghdee, in Northern Ireland, to Portpatrick, which became a "Gretna Green" for the Irish who wanted to marry quickly. Couples would land on Saturday, have the banns called on Sunday, and marry on Monday.
Today, you go to Portpatrick not because of its wealth of sights, although the Logan Botanic Gardens is worth the detour from Stranraer; you go, instead, because it's a major refueling stop for those driving along the Mull of Galloway. Portpatrick captures the flavor of an old Scottish fishing port as few other towns do. It's a land of cliffs and rugged seascapes, with a lighthouse here and there and even a bird reserve.
Hikers come because Portpatrick is the beginning of one of the greatest long-distance footpaths in Scotland, the Southern Upland Way. Starting here, the 341km (212-mile)...more local info
Built in 1869, this three-story Victorian hunting lodge sits among towering cliffs. It's a country house of charm and grace in a coastal setting,...
This 19th-century gray-stone building stands above the village, looking down at the harbor; it's just a 5-minute walk from the first tee of the...