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.
|OS Explorer Maps||309 Stranraer and The Rhinns|
310 Glenluce and Kirkcowan
|Distance||21.5 kms / 13.5 miles|
|Height Range||0 – 156m.|
|Total Ascent||about 400m|
|Information Shelter||North end of Portpatrick Harbour|
|Leaflet Box||Knock and Maize NX 010587.|
|Supplies||A modest selection of shops in Portpatrick and one in Castle Kennedy.|
None on route.
|Public Transport||Trains and ferries to Stranraer. Busses from Stranraer to Portpatrick and Castle Kennedy. Taxis between Stranraer and Portpatrick are another option.|