Port Quin

The Atlantic Highway

With its cluster of rocks and a lonely seaside cottage, the small cove of Port Quin makes a perfect picture. Local folklore maintains that it was once a thriving fishing port, but the entire fleet was lost during a great storm in the late 17th century. The remaining families, including some 20 widows, were all subsequently relocated to Port Isaac.

It's a good focus for a walk, easily reached from Port Isaac via the coast path, about 2 miles away.

En route you'll pass the rocky headland of Pentire Point and the Rumps, where you can view abandoned mine shafts from the days when lead was mined here.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Atlantic Highway attractions

1. Doc Martin's House

1.54 MILES

Properly known as Fern Cottage, this stone building sits in a fine spot above the harbour, and was used as Doc Martin's house throughout the eponymous TV…

2. Port Gaverne

1.98 MILES

Down a little hill to the east of Port Isaac, this tiny inlet was once used as a port for exporting slate from the nearby quarry at Delabole. Nowadays it…

3. St Enodoc Church

3.19 MILES

Up on the dunes above Daymer Bay so adored by John Betjeman, this seaside chapel is where the poet was buried on a drizzly Cornish day in May 1984. It…

4. Daymer Bay

3.49 MILES

This huge, white sandy beach is the best on this side of the estuary, so unsurprisingly it's packed in midsummer – but it's large enough that you can…

5. Tregirls Beach

4.05 MILES

Given how close it is to Padstow, this grand beach stays surprisingly quiet most of the year. It looks out over the mouth of the Camel Estuary and, thanks…

6. National Lobster Hatchery

4.59 MILES

In an effort to combat falling lobster stocks, this harbourside hatchery rears baby lobsters in tanks before returning them to the wild. Displays detail…

7. Prideaux Place


Much favoured by directors of costume dramas and period films, this stately Grade I–listed manor was built by the Prideaux-Brune family, purportedly…

8. Trevone

5.67 MILES

The nearest beach to Padstow is this small bay sheltered from the wind by Roundhole Point. It's a good place for swimming, and has a lifeguard in summer.