My favourite place in the world

For the past 10 or so years our family has spent the same week in May each year in a lovely place on the west coast of Scotland called Portpatrick.

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We were introduced to the place by a good friend, and 3 or 4 families and close friends of ours rent a house and stay together for a week. It’s bliss.

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The village was founded on fishing, has just a couple of pubs and a post office – and the people are incredibly friendly.  Also, for some reason, we’re always incredibly lucky with the weather – and this year, for example, we were baking in 24c heat sitting outside the wonderful Crown pub enjoying a pint or two. Portpatrick is a stunningly attractive village wrapped around a fascinating harbour, and well worth the trip wherever you are coming from.

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If you do visit, my recommendations are the elegant Mount Stewart Hotel for a lovely meal (excellent service and grand piano accompaniment), the Crown Pub for a lunchtime treat and a pint (uber friendly, try their open sandwiches), and for seafood delights everyone raves about a restaurant called Campbell’s, although we’ve yet to try it.

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It takes around five hours to drive from our home in East Yorkshire but it’s SO worth it. Give it a try, but don’t tell too many people.

The port holds a special Lifeboat Week every year in August to raise money for the lifeboat – and it’s the busiest week in Portpatrick’s calendar.

Undiscovered Scotland sums up Portpatrick’s attraction well: “What makes Portpatrick so nice is the sense of an amphitheatre: the low level view is complemented by a line of attractive buildings stretching along the skyline.” It really is unspoilt. No amusement arcades, no high rise buildings, and not much mobile phone signal (bonus!).

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You can find out more about this wonderful place at the following sites:

Visit Scotland, Portpatrick page

Tripadvisor, Portpatrick

Undiscovered Scotland

 

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