Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy

Walking Route

Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy


This route is one of 12 sections of the Southern Upland Way Your starting point is Portpatrick, a fishing village popular with tourists.

It has basic food shops for supplies and excellent eateries for a good meal the evening before you set out.

Winding along the coast through small bays, beaches and cliffs you come to the lighthouse at Killantringan and here turn inland. A series of quiet country lanes through farmland will bring you to Broad Moor. This is your first taste of the wild open landscape that makes up so much of the Southern Upland Way.

We are still low down here and soon get back to quiet roads, skirting around the edge of Stranraer. Small woodland tracks and paths then take us to the small village of Castle Kennedy. This has a small shop for supplies. The Castle Gardens are out the other side of the village and will be on the route tomorrow as you continue your adventure.

13.5mi / 21.5km
Total climb:
1,115ft / 340m
Total descent:
1,082ft / 330m
Towns along route:
Portpatrick, Castle Kennedy
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

Portpatrick is a picturesque seaside village on the west coast of the Rhins of Galloway peninsula. It was once a busy port, and is now…

Castle Kennedy

Towns & Villages

Castle Kennedy is a small village, 3 miles east of Stranraer.