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Portpatrick Harbour, Rhins of Galloway

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Portpatrick Location 54:50'.5 N 005:07' W


Admiralty 2198

Rules & Regulations

Not Known


Narrow shallow entrance, fringed by rocks. Unsafe to enter in strong onshore winds. Night entry with local knowledge only. Strong cross tides in the approach.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover +0037, Liverpool +0022 MWHS 3.8m, MHWN 3.0m MLWN 0.9m, MLWS 0.3m   (links)

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General Description

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The Rhins of Galloway is the 26 mile long peninsular, with Portpatrick located about midway. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

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Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 18th Aug 2022
No changes.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 14th Jul 2021
I reviewed these notes in July 2021. Their prices have been maintained though the bottom rate is now £18. They now have shore power.
Update summer 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 27th Jun 2019
These notes were reviewed in June 2019. There has been a lot of enthusiastic work done here since we last visited in the noughties - they have cleaned up the harbour walls and taken steps to ensure that the visiting sailor has a good experience. Prices have been maintained at their 2018 level. We've uploaded this year's charts.
Massive improvement in this harbour
Written by Miura | 20th Sep 2015
I wrote a review about this harbour in 2011. I was less than impressed. I have just returned from a visit this weekend.
The inner harbour has been dredged to a minimum depth of 2m so no risk of running aground in my 1.8m draft yacht.
The ladders are spotlessly clean - no more pigeon pooh on your hands as you climb!
There is now effective fendering at each ladder so the gelcoat wasn't at risk.
We had a superb meal at the Waterfront Bistro and a few drinks at the next door Crown Bar - a lively singer was performing and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
I spoke to the harbourmaster by phone before sailing over and he was extremely helpful. A community association now runs the harbour - well done! It is now a decent destination for yachtsmen and I hope they benefit from an increase in visitor numbers. It is a great weekend trip for boats from N. ireland or a passage stop for those doing the W. Coast of Scotland.
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Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 7th Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015. Mooring charges remain basically what they were and we have noted the possible addition of some visitors moorings in the outer harbour
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 8th Mar 2013
The notes for Portpatrick were updated by Don T on the 8th March 2013. Note that plans for pontoons mooted and rumoured in 2012 have come to nought. We have found a telephone number for the harbour which works! There is no longer a garage at Portpatrick so fuel for departure as well as arrival(!!) We have been given prices for the 2013 season which have been included. As far as we know no solution has been found for the pidgeons mentioned by Miura below
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Written by John Dowling | 24th Aug 2011
Nice quiet little Bolt hole to enter into, Good entertainement, tennis, walking tracks, tea houses and pubs, good pub across from the harbour with a great band plays every 2 weeks Life of Reilly Religously, brings all the locals down from the hill, alwas have agood night there, people very nice / harbour very resonable , would be great to have a pontoon to make it more accesable , good spot for all ages

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Quaint village - real pity about the harbour
Written by Miura | 18th Apr 2011
Didn't really enjoy this visit on 16/04/11. Charted depths along the East wall of 2.3m are inaccurate. We were well aground at LW in a 1.8m draft yacht. The place is infested with pigeons and climbing up ladder rungs covered in pigeon pooh is less that pleasant. They make a mess of your boat too. Your fenders & topsides will get dirty against a filthy wall and without fender boards the bare metal ladders' jutting out edges will knock lumps out of your gelcoat. The one public loo is inaccessible as the 20p lock is jammed.
The village was very quaint and we had a superb meal at the Waterfront Bistro.
Pest control for the pigeons, some dredging and a small investment to make the harbour wall more accessible would go a long way to encourage yachts to access this very attractive village
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Departure Southbound
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd Apr 2011
There is a counter current close in to the shore from half ebb to turn of the tide. I was advised by a local to leave harbour as the Half Tide Rock appears in the Outer Harbour and stay tight into the shore until reaching the south end of the Mull. This does mean that one has to cross the overfalls at the Mull if going further South but ideally this will be at slack water and not so bad.
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