In a Nutshell
Port Isaac is well known to TV viewers as the setting for Doc Martin and the little fishing village certainly has character. It is a living village though and the tourist aspects don't overwhelm the day to day life of the locals. Expect pubs specialising in locally caught seafood, good walks and heritage in this largely 18th and 19th century centre.
Parking and Pooping
Port Isaac sits on the north Cornwall coast at the end of the B3267. Don't expect to be able to park in the harbour here, the roads are narrow and there is precious little parking in the centre. The main car park is slightly north of the village, right on the cliffs on New Road. There are public toilets here and some grass verges for pup.
The car park is linked to the village centre via cliff top path that winds around the coastline, bringing you down in to the harbour on Fore St. There is some grass verges along the way for pup, but make the most of them as once into the village, there are no grass areas.
The coastal path is an easy walk and the village has many quiet, narrow roads. Traffic does however pass through the village on Fore St, so watch out for cars and vans negotiating the tight turns. Dogs are allowed on the beach but not during the summer months.
Keeping the Humans Amused
The villages offers the expected range of local crafts, gift shops and art galleries. Fishing and sightseeing trips can be taken from the harbour and there are numerous coastal walks in this area of outstanding natural beauty. TV fans can also see 'Doc Martin's House'!
Port Gaverne is just around the corner with a sheltered sandy beach and plenty of rock pools. It is regarded as one of the safest beaches in North Cornwall for children.
As always in Cornwall, you're never short of a pasty shop or three if you want a bite on the move. Being a small centre with narrow streets, cafe culture is a little limited, however the Harbour restaurant on Middle St offers fish dishes and seasonal specials and it is dog friendly with sea views, being right on the harbour frontage. The Golden Lion pub on Fore St is also dog friendly again with harbour views.
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