Doc Martin inspired experiences

Port Isaac

Go behind the scenes of Doc Martin with these experiences inspired by the Cornwall based ITV series...

Visit Port Gaverne and Port Quin
These tiny hamlets are just along the coast from Port Isaac and see their fair share of camera action. Managed by the National Trust they were vibrant village ports in the 19th Century but now live a peaceful existence and are well loved for their classic Cornish scenery, walking and wildlife.

Follow Martin Clune’s lead by stepping out on the South West Coast Path and take on the strenuous rollercoaster walk to Port Quin. A favourite of the much-loved actor when he took a break from filming, this walk is just over 4 miles long enjoys breath-taking views along the rocky coastline which make the challenge of the steep ups and downs more than worth it.

Doc Martin tour
For a Doc Martin inspired tour of Port Isaac you’ll be in good hands with John Brown for he certainly knows his stuff. As well as having a long and deep rooted family history in Port Isaac he has starred as an extra in Doc Martin (as well as for Poldark) and is a member of the internationally renowned sea shanty singing group, The Fisherman’s Friends. Join John for an hour long insider’s walking tour and you’ll see many of the buildings that lead a double life as residents of Portwenn and hear interesting titbits about the filming of the series. The tour starts and ends at John’s shop and café, May Contain Nuts, where you’ll find a bounty of Doc Martin memorabilia.  

Have a coastal adventure
For an adrenaline-filled adventure sign yourself up for a coastal energy buster. Cornish Rock Tors operates from Polzeath just along the coast from Port Isaac and offers exciting sessions in everything from coasteering and rock climbing to wild swimming and sea kayaking, or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding with Cornish Coast Adventures in Port Quin. With an expert as your guide you’ll get up close to the coast that plays a starring role in the series and discover hidden coves and inlets that are normally inaccessible from land.

Visit Long Cross Victorian Gardens
Located adjacent to the beautiful Long Cross Hotel on the outskirts of Port Isaac you will find the idyllically restored Victorian Gardens. Set out in a maze-like layout with water and granite features the gardens stretch to almost 4 acres and offer panoramic views over Port Isaac and Port Quin bays.

Pick up a piece of art
Housed within a beautifully restored 19th Century Methodist chapel at the foot of Roscarrock Hill, Port Isaac Pottery is a wonderful showcase for local talent. As well as handmade ceramics, paintings, photography and jewellery, there is a shop selling clothing, gifts, homeware and accessories, as well as a café which places local produce at the heart of its menu. Pop in for a bite to eat or to pick up an arty souvenir to remind you of the Port Isaac behind Portwenn. 

Try the seafood
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat in Port Isaac. For to-die-for seafood tasting menus the two Michelin star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is seriously special or try the relaxed Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen which also boasts it very own, and well deserved shiny star. Renowned for its small and original seafood plates this is where you can try a little bit of everything for not a lot of guilt.

Or take a seat at Fresh From The Sea run by husband and wife team, Calum and Tracey Greenhaigh. The duo are quiet heroes of the local food scene with Calum catching crab and lobster aboard his boat ‘Mary D’ before hauling it through the village to the Fresh from the Sea café and fish shop where Tracey awaits ready to hand pick and cook the seafood to perfection.

There’s also seafood restaurants at The Slipway Hotel and the Old School House Hotel as well as a bounty of cafes, pubs and pasty shops. And rest assured the quality is a lot higher than at Bert Large’s onscreen restaurant!