Situated on a sublime spot on the north Cornish coast, Port Isaac presents picture-postcard pretty of the most lusted-after kind. Crystalline waters spill into the cobbled village’s harbour as fishing boats meander back and forth with the day’s fresh-from-the-ocean catch: a tranquil scene holidaymakers could happily marvel at throughout their entire stay.
But if you fancy exploring the area with more than your eyes – the vicinity is awash with exciting, intriguing and exhilarating things to do, from water activities and excursions to walking, sight-seeing tours and sports.
Abandon the sea-gazing-people-watching for a while and embark upon an eclectic mix of other things to see and do in and around Port Isaac…
A wonder-filled water-land
The area is stacked with a host of beautiful beaches to visit, which provide the perfect place for family fun, couple’s relaxation or group days out.
Beyond Port Isaac’s harbour beach itself, to the east lies Port Gaverne’s beautiful cove, which is dog friendly and especially popular with families due to its sheltered and safe location.
For those that fancy travelling a little further afield, up the coast you’ll find the beaches of Tregardock (difficult access and only exposed at low tide), Trebarwith Strand (easily accessible, lifeguarded and dog friendly) and Tintagel (again, difficult to access); while westward toward the popular sands of Polzeath and Daymer Bay (just 4 miles away) – Port Quin presents a rocky cove at low tide, while Lundy Bay requires a bit of a walk to get to, but offers a stunning sandy beach at low tide.
Get out on the water with a scenic boat trip such as with Cornish Sea Tours dolphin spotting jaunts along the North Cornwall coastline, or a fishing trip from the harbour during the summer season.
Take a day trip to Rock and the Camel Estuary for a smorgasbord of sea activities such as sailing, waterskiiing and fantastic selection of ferry trips.
The great outdoors
With Port Isaac and Port Gaverne both lying in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Heritage Coast Area, clifftop walks are an absolute must to take it all in at your own pace.
Alternatively, there’s a plethora of cycling routes available – especially the brilliant Camel Trail, which runs from nearby Padstow to Wadebridge and offers mostly level stretches for all pedallers’ levels and ages.
St Kew’s golf course is another outdoors option, as is the Bowood Park Hotel & Golf Club, and if you still fancy more greenery, then north Cornwall’s gorgeous gardens provide further alfresco adventures, such as the Longcross Victorian Gardens, Lanhydrock and Pencarrow.
Join a guided tour of the area and discover Doc Martin territory with the likes of Way2go4 Walking Holidays and Port Isaac Tours, who will both take you to a string of both recognisable and secret spots in and around Port Isaac while revealing fascinating facts about the area and its history.
Or give your feet a rest for the day and jump aboard a steam train for a different type of tour.
Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway presents pub lunches, country rambles and a host of other attractions along its route; while in similar style, Launceston Steam Railway will take you from the historic town to the beautiful Kensey Valley, allowing you access to everything from the museum to Newmills Farm Park and delicious cream teas.
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