Port Isaac - a historic fishing village situated on the rugged North Cornish Coast.
Welcoming Visitors For More Than 100 Years
But unlike many other villages in Cornwall, it still retains its traditional character and remains unspoiled.
It is a cluster of pretty white washed cottages huddled around a picturesque harbour, which is the heart of a thriving fishing community. The steep hills, narrow streets and the harbour is flanked by majestic cliffs, towering above the Atlantic waters.
More recently, Port Isaac has become famous for the popular TV series Doc Martin and is the home of the shanty singing group Fisherman’s Friends.
There Are Shops For All Essentials
Including a bakers, fishmongers
As well as fresh crab and lobsters caught by Port Isaac boats and a wide selection of local arts and crafts.
Visit the beautiful Pottery which is open all year and home to the lovely Chapel Cafe. See original artwork by Katie Childs at the Cliffside Gallery and by Caroline Cleave at the Boathouse. Whole days can be whiled away, crabbing in the rock pools left behind on Port Isaac beach at low tide - children love it (adults too!) and the pretty beach of Port Gaverne is just a short walk away.
It has numerous eating places, specialising in local seafood, Michelin star chef Nathan Outlaw now has 2 restaurants in the village. The 18th century pub offers a warm welcome and serves food all year.
The Southwest Coast Path, Britain's Longest National Trail
Some 630 Miles Long - runs right past the cottage
So leave the car behind and enjoy some of the best coastal views in the country. You may see dolphins, seals, basking sharks plus many other birds and beautiful plant life. There are less strenuous circular walks available for more relaxed ramblers.
Fishing trips can be taken from the harbour, when you can catch your own mackerel and may even spot basking sharks or dolphins then spend an evening on the platt listening to Fisherman’s Friends shanty singers.
This area of Cornwall, though perched on its north shore, is still a good base to explore the county and the historic towns such as Tintagel, Bodmin, Padstow and Wadebridge which are all easily reached. Bodmin and Wadebridge are joined by an off road cycle, walking and riding trail called the Camel Trail with bike hire readily available. In fact, you can hire bikes, horse ride, surf, wind surf, sail and kayak, all within 20 minutes of this stunning location.
Nearby is the popular surfing beach of Polzeath, and many other beautiful beaches. For golfers, the world famous links course, St Enodoc, is about 5 miles away and there are many other great courses in the area.
There are many National Trust houses and gardens nearby including the stunning Lanhydrock House and estate. The beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trelissick and Trebah are also within an hours drive.