Port Isaac

Port Isaac harbour in North Cornwall
Port Isaac harbour
View from Lobber Point
View from Lobber Point
The narrow streets in Port Isaac - a Cornish fishing village
Port Isaac streets
Fishing boats in Port Isaac harbour
Moored fishing boats
Port Isaac harbour in North Cornwall
Harbour at low tide
The main road
The main road
Lobster pots
Lobster pots

Port Isaac is a pretty fishing village with narrow winding alleys running down the steep hillside to the harbour. Particularly noteworthy is the number of 18th and 19th century white-washed cottages and granite, slate-fronted houses, many officially listed as of architectural or historic importance. Port Isaac was a busy coastal port from the Middle Ages to the mid 19th century, where cargoes like slate, coal and timber were shipped in and out. The stone pier was built in Tudor times, and the rest of the harbour in the 19th century. The economy was also heavily based around the pilchard trade.

Port Isaac is used as the setting for the ITV comedy drama series "Doc Martin" and most of the interior filming and production work is carried out in a converted barn at a nearby farm.

There are several pubs, bars and restaurants in Port Isaac:

  • The Golden Lion near the harbour - an old fisherman's pub
  • The Slipway Hotel has a restaurant which specialises in seafood
  • The Crow's Nest near the car park which has nice views over the Bay
  • The Old School - a bar and restaurant on the way up the hill
  • The Mote on the quayside - a bar and restaurant which specialises in local food

There is a large car park at the top of Port Isaac overlooking Port Gaverne. Park here and don't try to drive down into Port Isaac - whilst technically possible to drive a car through Port Isaac, the roads are extremely narrow and often clogged with people or vans being loaded with fish - it could take you a very long time and involve a lot of reversing.

Port Isaac walks

Other walks

The tourist information centre in Tintagel has a leaflet (costing 60p) for a 5 mile (fairly arduous) circular walk around Port Isaac which has lots of information about the history of the area. There is also a more leisurely 1.5 mile "village trail" (leaflet for £1) which has lots more detail about Port Isaac itself. There is also a treasure trail for Port Isaac

Photos of Port Isaac on Flickr

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