Travelling along the coast heading South from the historic Cornish fishing village of Port Issac, is the charming and peaceful inlet of Port Quin. The natural rocky cove gets it’s name from the Port Quin Bay, which is located in close proximity. It has historically provided a natural shelter and harbour for sea going vessels.
The occasional small fishing boat heading in or out of Port Quin may be spotted still. But today the crystal clear waters of the cove are mainly used for kayaking, coasteering, snorkelling and swimming. At low tide there are also lots of caves, rock pools, nooks and crannies to explore.
The surrounding coastline and cliffs around Port Quin also provide a great place to explore. It is one of the United Kingdom’s more amazing stretches of unspoilt coastline. Port Quin also links quite nicely onto the South West Coastal Path so it’s an ideal start or end point for walkers.
In 1827 the headland at Doyden point was bought by a wealthy local businessman Samuel Symons. He built a small gothic style tower on it to entertain family & friends. Once used in the TV drama Poldark in the 1970’s. It has since been turned it into a holiday cottage owned by the National Trust. It was also used in the popular TV series Doc Martin, starring Martin Clunes in 2011.
Port Quin has a feeling that you are travelling back in time, as you head down the winding lanes towards the sea. If you are looking for an authentic Cornish hamlet off the beaten track and away from the usual tourist areas. Port Quin is most definitely worth a visit.
Dog owners be aware. The beach has a seasonal dog ban that runs from Easter Sunday until October 1st.
Port Quin by car, use postcode: PL29 3SU
Walking, use grid ref: SW 9711 8051