Walk to Portpatrick
In May this year Sian the Red Collie brought her owners along for their second visit to Kirklauchline Holiday Cottage.
They had another wonderful week and you can read their Testimonial on our website. Shortly after their visit Richard emailed me about the walk they did from Kirklauchline Cottage into Portpatrick and how stunning the scenery along the way was.
I was sorry to say that I have never done that walk and should hang my head in shame! He said he would email me the route they took and a few photographs.
I am pleased to say that here is the guest blog on our website. Thank you Richard, Chris and Sian for taking the time to do this for us. Now you can read about their enjoyable walk from Kirklauchline Cottage into the village of Portpatrick.
Go up the track from the cottage and turn left along road.
Take the first left after 500m to continue for 1000m where a minor road comes in from the right.
Keep left, ignoring a farm track on the left, and descend into a small valley with the lane to Knockinaam Lodge going off left. Keep on the Portpatrick road.
Climb the hill out of the valley (quite steep!), passing a farm on the right towards the top.
300mtrs after the farm, turn left at the footpath sign – coast path to Portpatrick.
This goes down the Landrover track access to Morroch Bay but turns off right before the track zigzags down to the bay.
Follow the coast path northwards – the gates are obvious, as is the path, which keeps fairly close to the cliffs all the way, but is quite safe. As long as the sea is on your left, you’re going in the right direction!
Cross a couple of small streams, sometimes a bit boggy. Mostly the going is good and the views of the cliffs and the sea are stunning. Loads of seabirds and wild flowers in spring/ summer.
After approx. 2.5km descend down a steepish section of the path to a good footbridge across the stream below Dunskey Castle.
Climb equally steeply up to the bottom of the caravan/ camp site adjacent to Dunskey Castle.
Bare right across the bottom of the site to a gate which goes left on to the coast path at a point just to the right of the castle.
Carry on along the coast path past the castle (admire those ruins!) and over the small footbridge across a cliff inlet, with the old railway cutting on your right.
Descend the steps and path into Portpatrick for ice cream/ pint/ having a rest (or all three!).
Book your walking holiday at Kirklauchline Cottage
When I get chance I’m going to do this walk with Mr S and AbiiDoodle! Together with my trusty camera too! If you would like to try out this walk and enjoy this beautiful scenery contact Alison to book your holiday at Kirklauchline Cottage or you can call or text on 07824 770968.