Walk: Clifftop hop to Dunskey Castle

Dumfries & Galloway | Rhins of Galloway | Short walk | ★★★

[Approaching Dunskey Castle]

Superb coastal scenery extends in both directions from the busy village of Portpatrick. A short stroll south along the cliffs soon leads to Dunskey Castle, a ruined 16th century tower house overlying an even older defensive site. Rock doves have long since taken over the crumbling vaults and passageways, but views across the North Channel of the Irish Sea remain unchanged. The trackbed of a disused railway provides a more direct line back to the start via a deep cutting, running so close to the elevated cliff path that the outward route (which has handrails) can feel a bit like a mountain ridge at times!

[The outward route runs along the narrow ridge left in between the railway cutting and coastal cliffs]

📌 Walk: Clifftop hop to Dunskey Castle ★★★
Start / finish at car park on South Crescent, 5-min walk south of Portpatrick village centre, G.R.: NW 999539 ///wide.speedily.walked

▶ 2 km / 1 mi | ▲ 60 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Portpatrick ★★★; Dunskey Castle
Terrain: Clear paths with lots of steps near start.

Route & map

Car park - Dunskey Castle via coast path - Portpatrick via old railway line - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Adder basking on the path near the castle, fulmars and other seabirds around the cliffs, fish in Portpatrick harbour.
Weather: Breezy with temperature in mid teens but feeling warmer under cloudless skies.

[View south along the coast from Dunskey Castle]


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