Port Issac

Port Issac

  • Beautiful traditional fishing village
  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Good local crab and lobster

Port Isaac on the north coast of Cornwall has been a picturesque fishing port since the 14th century. Today, perhaps more famously known for being the home of Doc Martin and where the film Saving Grace was made.

Parking is at the top of Port Isaac due to its narrow winding streets which are full of white washed cottages and traditional granite and slate fronted Cornish houses. A lot of these have been listed as being of architectural and historical importance. It has to be one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall with a lovely harbour which you can explore at low tide and walk out to the harbour wall.

Being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the Heritage Coast the walks on either side of Port Isaac give the most spectacular views. During the summer months you can take fishing and scenic boat trips out from the harbour or simply sit outside and watch the world go by with a lunch of fresh crab sandwiches caught here.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit Port Isaac, Port Gaverne and Port Quinn please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

There are some great little shops to explore and plenty of pubs and restaurants to try. Port Isaac has one Hotel – The Slipway and plenty of guesthouses and self-catering cottages – all with their own characteristics. Nearby to Port Isaac is Port Quinn and Port Gaverne. Port Quinn is now owned by the National Trust and has a very strange history.Local folklore recounts that the entire fishing fleet was destroyed at sea one stormy night, there were no survivors. The women of the village tried to carry on without their men but, eventually, the hardship became intolerable and Port Quin was left deserted, with the fishermen´s cottages falling into disrepair and ruin. Today the National Trust have converted four cottages into holiday accommodation.

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