South Cornwall

Portscatho was formerly one of the busiest pilchard ports on Cornwall’s south coast. The village boasts one of the county’s largest granite breakwaters, alongside a smattering of art galleries, knick-knack shops and lots of second homes (the village is absolutely dead in the middle of winter). It's best reached via a walk along the coast path that includes the nearby beach of Porthcurnick.

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Nearby South Cornwall attractions

1. Porthcurnick

0.46 MILES

A popular family beach near the port of Portscatho, which has become even more frequented thanks to the success of its beachside cafe, the Hidden Hut…

2. St-Just-in-Roseland


The creekside church of this sleepy village is quite possibly the prettiest in Cornwall – and in this ecclesiastically minded county, there’s no shortage…

3. Carne & Pendower


These twin side-by-side beaches form one of the Roseland's largest areas of sand at low tide. It's brilliant for beachcombing and rock-pooling – look out…

4. St Mawes Castle

2.73 MILES

Strategically sited to command an uninterrupted field of fire over the entrance to Falmouth Bay in tandem with Pendennis Castle, on the opposite side of…

5. St Anthony's Head

3.15 MILES

The remains of a turn-of-the-century gun battery can still be seen along the point at St Anthony's Head. Just along the coast is the peninsula's 1835…

6. Trelissick


Grandly located at the head of the Fal estuary, 4 miles south of Truro, Trelissick is one of Cornwall's most beautiful aristocratic estates, with a formal…

7. Veryan

3.58 MILES

Veryan is a sleepy country village, home to a couple of art galleries and an excellent village pub. At the top of the hill above the village are its best…

8. Pendennis Castle

3.89 MILES

Designed in tandem with its sister castle in St Mawes across the estuary, this Tudor castle sits proudly on Pendennis Point, and was built as part of…