There's great sea angling available around Portpatrick Harbour including conger, ling, coalfish, huge plaice, mullet, wrasse and pollack. There are even sea bass on occasion, rockling and dogfish. And where better to cook your catch than in Braefield House's kitchen where, weather depending, you can dine outside in the lovely gardens.
Mull of Galloway lighthouse
The Mull of Galloway lighthouse sits on a 260ft high cliff on the edge of southern Scotland. Built by Robert Stevenson, the light was first lit in 1830. There is now a Lighthouse Exhibition and information on all past lighthouse keepers who've worked here. On certain dates, it's possible to climb right up to the top of the lighthouse.
RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve
The Mull of Galloway nature reserve is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and host to a huge colony of sea birds living on its cliffs. These include fulmar, guillemot, razorbill and kittiwake.
On the sea, you can find puffins and black guillemot and overhead, black-backed gulls. The birds change every season and range from eider duck to gannet, pied wagtail to tern and skua, house and sand martins to peregrine falcons. In other words, a bird lover's paradise!
Portpatrick Folk Festival
The annual Folk Festival takes place in early September each year. Events are held in various hotels, pubs and other locations around the village.
Agnew Monument and Iron Age Hillfort
The Agnew Monument was built to commemorate Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw Castle and sits on the site of an Iron Age hill fort, the Tor of Craigoch. From here, there is a stunning vista across Loch Ryan while nearby lie the ruins of a World War II anti-aircraft gun battery with Cairn Pat to the south, the site of a further Iron Age fort.
Norman Kings were responsible for building a huge castle here in the 12th century at the behest of the Lords of Galloway.
Dunragit Stone Age Temple
Built in approximately 2500 BC, this is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Scotland while excavation at Droughduil Mote has proven it to be of the same period and even six times larger than Stonehenge.
Stranraer 19th-century Harbour
The West Pier, Stranraer's original harbour, survives today and is used by some fishing boats and private vessels.
There is a plethora of beautiful gardens within less than a half-hour drive from Portpatrick:
- Castle Kennedy Gardens, off the A75 travelling east from Stranraer
- Glenwhan Gardens, near Dunragit, also just off the A75
- Logan House Garden, Port Logan, between Portpatrick and Stranraer
- Logan Botanic Garden, also close to Portpatrick and probably the most exotic garden in Scotland
- Aldouran Wetland Garden near Leswalt
- Ardwell House Gardens, between Portpatrick and Stranraer.
And don't forget, Braefield House self-catering holiday accommodation has its own beautiful gardens, with exotic palm trees and views over the Irish Sea.