Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy

This section of the Way is deliberately a short one. It provides walkers with a gentler start to the walk allowing them to “break themselves in”.
From Portaptrick the route moves along the coast where you can enjoy stunning views out onto the North Channel, views of Knock Bay and stunning coastal cliffs to the north.At Black Head the route turns inland towards the outskirts of Stranraer and towards Castle Kennedy.

portpatrick - castle kennedy map




Castle Kennedy

OS Explorer Maps

309 Stranraer and The Rhinns
310 Glenluce and Kirkcowan


21.5 kms / 13.5 miles.

Height Range


Total ascent

about 400m

Information shelter

North end of Portpatrick harbour.

Leaflet box

Knock and Maize NX 010587.


A modest selection of shops in Portpatrick and one in Castle Kennedy. None on route.

Public transport

Trains and ferries to Stranraer. Buses from Stranraer to Portpatrick and Castle Kennedy. Taxis between Stranraer and Portpatrick are another option.





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