The Isle of Portland offers a unique and exciting Dorset day trip, steeped in maritime history, there is plenty to explore on this tiny tied island. The South West Coast Path circles the island, mapping out plenty of landmarks along the coast, from rugged cliffs to secluded coves. Portland is a fantastic location for those seeking a new adventure, offering an abundance of watersports including kayaking, paddleboarding, diving and coasteering.
A Dorset day trip on the Isle of Portland, what to see and do…
CHURCH OPE COVE
Church Ope Cove is a small secluded beach on the Isle of Portland, the beach is made up of soft limestone pebbles and surrounded by towering cliffs. The little beach is a popular spot for swimming and snorkelling, however, it is important to be careful when swimming in the sea here are the currents outside of the cove can be very strong.
Durdle Pier is a disused stone shipping quay dating back to the 17th-century, situated on the east side of Portland and within walking distance to Portland Bill lighthouse. The water is beautifully turquoise and clear here, and there are some unique caves in the cliff face which offer the perfect photo opportunity.
Situated at Portland Bill, Pulpit Rock is an impressive coastal feature and popular tourist attraction. The landmark which formed in the 1870s is symbolic of the tied islands history of quarrying.
Portland Bill is located at the southernmost tip of the Isle of Portland with plenty of cliff path walking routes to enjoy the rugged coastline, well known for its treacherous waters. The tied island is home to the distinctive red and white Portland Bill Lighthouse which has been standing majestically for the past one hundred and eleven years.
A fantastic attraction for children for a magical Dorset day trip, Fancy’s Farm has a rare breed of Portland sheep, horses, goats, pigs, donkeys and plenty more! The farm is free to enter, however donations are appreciated and you can also support the farm by purchasing cups of food to feed the animals.
PORTLAND ALPACAS at Fancy’s Farm
Let your furry tour guide show you around with an accompanied alpaca walk held by Portland Alpacas. A great way to explore the countryside whilst getting to know the different characters in the herd, you’re guaranteed to have made a new friend by the end of the day!
ADVENTURE 4 ALL
If you’re feeling adventurous, Adventure 4 All offer a variety of different outdoor activities guaranteed to get your adrenaline going. The expert team have decades of experience in delivering a range of adventurous activities, giving you the peace of mind that you’ll be in great hands. All activities undergo rigorous risk assessments with up to date equipment and extensive maintenance procedures. Activities include paddleboarding, coasteering, kayaking, rock climbing and military adventure training.
Portland has hundreds of dive sites, and some of the best diving spots in the UK. Whether you are an experienced diver or a complete beginner, Dive Beyond offers experiences suitable for everyone. If you’re lucky you could see rays, eels, lobsters, crabs, scallops and even dolphins!
Visit one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts overlooking Portland Harbour, with superb sea views from the gun platform.
Rufus Castle is Portland’s oldest castle with remains dating back to the 15th century.
There is a free car park along Pennsylvania Road, you can then follow the path that approaches the north side of the castle.
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