Things To Do

What to do in Port Isaac

Eastcliffe Cottage is located in a prime position in Port Isaac, probably the most beautiful village in the world. The cottage is opposite the old school and 100 yards from the pub and has spectacular views across the harbour,  yet has ample parking. It has been owned by the same local family for over 50 years and has been lovingly restored to the highest specification.

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Walking

The coastline around Port Isaac is very rugged so the coastal walks are reasonably demanding but the scenery is superb. For a walk exploring Port Isaac itself, there's the short circular walk which includes Port Gaverne and Roscarrock Hill (of Doc Martin fame). There are also some longer walks to St Endellion or Port Quin. Starting from Port Isaac, the walk to Barretts Zawn involves the epic climb of Bounce Cliff which is a perfect way to work up an appetite for a meal in Port Gaverne or Port Isaac afterwards. For a sandy beach, the walk from Port Quin to Lundy Bay is best done at low tide.

Beaches

Port Isaac is a working harbour is best suited to exploring rock pools, or messing about in boats. Nearby Port Gaverne is good for swimming. Polzeath is about five miles away and is one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall. If you are after a bracing walk the beach at Rock and Daymer Bay is ideal.

Personal beach recommendations

Cycling

We highly recommend the Wadebridge to Port Isaac and Camel trail loop! It is a road route with coastline and moor all in the one trip. From Wadebridge head out to the beautiful North Cornwall Coast past Ports Quinn, Isaac and Gaverne (check your brakes are good for the drop down into Port Isaac). Then turns inland through Delabole and Camelford towards Bodmin Moor before looping back down to Wadebridge via St Tudy/St Kew Highway.

Restaurants

The best restaurants in Cornwall including beach cafés, seafood joints and cosy inns, in destinations including St Ives, Newquay, Rock and Padstow. Chosen by our destination expert, Gill Charlton.Cornwall is as well-known for its organic beef and pork, artisan cheeses and air-dried charcuterie as it is for fish and seafood. Most restaurants serve a little of both, often garnished with plants and berries foraged from the hedgerows and cliffs: rock samphire, wild garlic, alexanders and wild flower petals.

Personal food recommendations

Be a tourist

The coastline around Port Isaac is very rugged so the coastal walks are reasonably demanding but the scenery is superb. For a walk exploring Port Isaac itself, there's the short circular walk which includes Port Gaverne and Roscarrock Hill (of Doc Martin fame). There are also some longer walks visiting Port Isaac from St Endellion or Port Quin. Starting from Port Isaac, the walk to Barretts Zawn involves the epic climb of Ranie Head which is a perfect way to work up an appetite for a meal in Port Gaverne or Port Isaac afterwards. For a sandy beach, the walk from Port Quin to Lundy Bay is best done at low tide.