Nestled in a sheltered valley, PI (as it is known to locals) is a quintessential Cornish fishing village with cobbled streets and cosy cottages.
Arguably one of Cornwall’s most desirable destinations, the village retains plenty of charm and a vibrant local community. The origins of the village as an important port dates back to the middle ages, when the thriving fishing industry served the surrounding inland areas.
One of the things we adore about Port Isaac is the beautiful offerings in the ‘fish cellars’ where you can purchase the daily catch as well as a wider range of gems from the sea. We cannot recommend the lobster and crab enough, caught just out at sea on the boats you will see moored in the harbour (when they are not out catching the delights).
There are several lovely pubs, restaurants, and cafes to choose from, including two Michelin starred offerings by renowned chef Nathan Outlaw.
On The Platt during the summer months, the famous sea shanty singing group The Fishermen’s Friends regularly entertain crowds as the sun sets over Lobber Point. Often families enjoy these moments with a picnic and a glass of something cold and we can’t think of a better way to spend an evening in Cornwall. Bliss!
Close to Port Isaac is Port Gaverne, a tiny, quaint cove with a pebbly beach, perfect for swimming when it’s high tide due to the natural shelter formed by the cliffs on either side. If you enjoy water sports, local company ‘Cornwall Coast Adventures’ offers a range of activities such as kayaking, coasteering and paddle boarding. Book in advance to secure an awesome adventure with your friends or family group.
Port Gaverne is also home to a lovely Inn where you will be welcomed with a roaring fire and gastro-style cuisine. Alternatively, you could opt to dine ‘al-fresco’ in the beer garden of the Port Gaverne Inn or Pilchards Café and enjoy the beautiful views out to sea.
We couldn’t talk about Port Isaac without mentioning that the village is the setting for ITV’s Doc Martin, starring Martin Clues. Known to the show’s fans as St Wenn (a fictional place), a walk around the village is your chance to spot some of the famous filming locations.
Postcode: PL29 3RB (however use PL29 3TR if driving)
OS Grid Ref: SW 99644 80769
Dog friendly: Yes
Parking: Yes, two car parks at the top of the village.