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A thriving Cornish fishing village lined with pretty whitewashed cottages

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Port Isaac beach

Whitewashed cottages, a thriving fishing harbour and spectacular scenery combine to create this charming Cornish village. Driving into Port Isaac, you soon realise what all the fuss is about. Fisherman’s cottages line the valley leading down to the pretty harbour. Here, local fishermen land their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters. Port Isaac has upheld its roots as a fishing village, and local restaurants serve the finest seafood to prove it.

It’s no wonder Port Isaac has stolen the limelight in hit TV series Doc Martin. You can even visit Doc Martin’s cottage, overlooking the harbour on Roscarrock Hill. If you’re not a Doc Martin fan, fear not. There’s so much more to see and do in this Cornwall town.

Port Isaac beach

The village itself is nestled among spectacular cliffs and countryside. Why not explore the area on foot on one of its many coastal paths? Take in the sea views on a cliff-top path from Port Isaac to neighbouring Port Gaverne. Once you’ve reached Port Gaverne, stop for a bracing dip in the sea, surrounded by impressive cliffs and secret coves. If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat, try the Port Gaverne. This is a great opportunity to sample some local seafood such as the Port Isaac Crab on Toast or the Grilled Port Gaverne Lobster.

Art is big on the scene in Port Isaac, so make sure you check out local galleries including the Cliffside Gallery, Port Isaac Pottery and Wave 7 Gallery. You’re guaranteed to find something unique to take home as a memento of your Cornish adventure. Port Isaac is also no stranger to live music. In the summer, keep an eye out for impromptu performances from local singers, Fisherman’s Friends.

“Port Isaac has upheld its roots as a fishing village, and local restaurants serve the finest seafood to prove it.”

Come night time Port Isaac settles into spectacular sunsets, with light peeking through cottage windows, creating a peaceful glow in the village. To take advantage of the evening harbour views, take a seat on the balcony at local pub The Golden Lion and tuck into a delicious meal and a local ale. Alternatively, grab a tasty portion of fish and chips at The Takeaway and enjoy them on the beach. Seafood connoisseurs, you won’t want to miss dining at Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen.

While you’re there

Port Gaverne

A narrow, shingle beach with great sheltered walks to nearby Port Isaac.

St Kew Inn

A popular village pub with a fantastic beer garden for outdoor dining.

Port Quin

Once a bustling fishing village nestled between Port Isaac and Polzeath.

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