Port Quin Beach

Port Quin Beach near Padstow, Cornwall

Port Quin’s rocky beach sits in a narrow, sheltered cove near Port Isaac, Cornwall. Port Quin Beach is accessible only at low tide and the area is mainly visited by experienced, hardy walkers. The rugged, unspoilt cove at Port Quin (also known as Port Quinn) is normally a very peaceful spot which reveals rock pools to explore at low tide.


Beach at Port Quin, CornwallSevere storms have sporadically hit Port Quin, during one of which in the 19th Century the entire local fishing fleet lost their lives. Following this storm the village was largely abandoned and only a handful of cottages now remain. On Doyden Point headland, to the south of the beach, is Doyden Castle, the home of a 19th Century businessman. Across the inlet is the headland of Kellan Head.

Polzeath, Port Quin and Rock holiday cottages provide self catering holiday accommodation in the area. Padstow (14 miles from Port Quin by road) and Wadebridge (6½ miles) holiday cottages offer further self catering holiday options.

The rocky beach can be accessed from the South West Coast Path, though the descent is very steep. A small National Trust car park is situated in Port Quin but there are otherwise few facilities. The more popular beaches of Port Isaac and Port Gaverne lie nearby.

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