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 Portpatrick 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.

FinishCastle Kennedy
OS Explorer Maps309 Stranraer and The Rhinns
310 Glenluce and Kirkcowan
Distance21.5 kms / 13.5 miles
Height Range0 – 156m.
Total Ascentabout 400m
Information ShelterNorth end of Portpatrick Harbour
SuppliesA modest selection of shops in Portpatrick and one in Castle Kennedy.
None on route.
Public TransportTrains and ferries to Stranraer. Busses from Stranraer to Portpatrick and Castle Kennedy. Taxis between Stranraer and Portpatrick are another option.