Portscatho Cornwall - Roseland Peninsula

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PortscathoThe village of Portscatho is a simple, quaint village located in a cove on the Roseland peninsula. Due to the orientation of the cove that faces the east, Portscatho is relatively sheltered from the bulk of the southwestern winds that constantly blow through the region.

Portscatho is set on the Roseland Peninsula and other popular villages in the area are, St Mawes - often considered the capital of the Roseland, Portloe - a small fishing village tucked into the cliffs, Veryan, Tregony - the gateway to the Roseland, and Philleigh.

Unlike many other tourist villages throughout Cornwall, Portscatho remains the active fishing village that it was, albeit not nearly as active in this day and age as it was in years gone by. In those years, Portscatho was a thriving pilchard fishing community, due to its ideal location and shelter from the winds. Also worth noting is that the shelter makes for much safer swimming, with various family oriented beaches being so temptingly nearby. Neighboring Village of Gerrans Peculiarly enough literally directly above Portscatho lies another neighbor village called Gerrans that is accessible via a short five minute or so walk up the hill. Due to this startling close proximity, visitors sometimes fail to realize that Portscatho and Gerrans are actually two distinct villages, and often consider them as being one and the same. Portscatho Bay

Situated in Gerrans is an old medieval church that has stood on the ground since the 13th century or thereabouts, and is supposed to have been hallowed in the 6th century. Story would have it that during that time a Welsh king named Gerennius had settled in what was then known as Curgurrel and changed its name to Gerrans. True to Cornish tradition, the octagonal spire of the church is used by fishermen as a day-mark for those navigating the waters nearby. Several shops in Gerrans sell locally grown garden produce, whereas Portscatho is more geared towards the fresh fish that are caught by their fishermen. The local pub in Portscatho, The Plume of Feathers, is a popular watering hole in this lovely village.

Accommodation - Self Catering Cottages - Bed and Breakfast

Stay in Gerrans or Portscatho? Portscatho BeachWith another village located so nearby, it really is possible to stay in either one with very little difference between them. Technically, Portscatho is nearer the harbor and beach, however only by a scant five minutes or so. On the flipside, it is easier to get up to the cliffs from Gerrans, but again, only very slightly so. Since it makes practically no difference for all intents and purposes, it may be worthwhile to simply shop around both villages to find a deal that it acceptable.

Whether staying in a Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering Cottage, or one of the many small Hotels around Portscatho,  there should be options galore enough to keep a fair amount of the day occupied looking at accommodation, should that be chosen. End of the day, it honestly matters very little which village is chosen. If the decision really becomes too trying then flipping a coin may help, or even rolling dice. Each village does have a unique feel to it, in an insubstantial charm sort of way, so at the end of the day, is all up to personal discretion. Of course from a strictly lazy point of view, staying or frequenting Gerran necessitates walking up the hill that leads to it on a continuous basis, which could irk some people.

Portscatho - Places of Interest

Portscatho CoastlineJust one short hop, skip, and jump coupled with about twenty minutes of walking from Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsula and there will be one of the most amazing beaches in all of Cornwall. Where most beaches tend have long strips of sand that aren’t very wide, the beach of Porthcurnick offers acres on top of acres of fairly flat sand during its low tide. If desired, a large game of beach football, cricket or even baseball could be played on the surface. Having such a gradual slope, there is a large area of shallow water too, perfect for children to play in safely. A little further east and the twin beaches of Carne and Pendower come into being. During the low tide, both these beaches combine to form one huge expanse of sandy land, and it is truly a sight to behold. Possibly the only downside to these twin beaches are their dependency on the tide to be reliable when there is limited time available. Of course there are various other beaches up and down the coast, but none quite as interesting as Porthcurnick and the twin beaches of Carne and Pendower.

Most locations are well signposted by the National Trust that owns many of the beaches and other such locations in the area, and makes it much easier to get around than having to constantly peer at a map or rely on a compass or inbuilt compass. Portscatho CornwallWithin Portscatho itself, a red-painted World War Two mine lies above the harbor as a collection for mariner’s charities. Most fishing villages along the coast do the same, or similar, things. Unique to Portscatho however is a memorial dedicated to the twenty six odd thousand soldiers that died in Burma but have no known resting place to date.

At a place called St Anthony Head stands the very lighthouse that was used on Television in Fraggle Rock. For any fan of the old TV series, this is probably a must-visit, even if only to get a chuckle and reignite a few old memories that were thought to be long since extinguished. Both Portscatho and its neighbor, Gerrans, occupy an idyllic part of Cornwall, and somehow manage to retain both of their uniqueness while at the same time blending together brilliantly for the benefit of the tourists that quite literally get a two-in-one package of Cornish villages.

Owing to the prevalence of family oriented beaches, Portscatho is probably one of the better places to take the family for a holiday. May even be worthwhile extracting information on rentable cottages through the internet, just to further ease along the process and allow the family to have the comfort of a nice village home instead of a bed and breakfast, self catering establishment and so on. Portscatho HarbourWho knows, perhaps all the possible sports that are playable on the huge beaches appeal, or perhaps it is simply the idea of the twin beaches, or twin villages, for that matter. Whatever the case, the village of Portscatho is definitely fun.


Portscatho offers you a choice of lovely Bed & Breakfast homes, delightful Self-Catering cottages, and clean and comfy caravans.

Bed & Breakfast

Hillside Guest House, Pelyn Bed & Breakfast, Thornfield, Tregerein Guest House, Bosvean, and Trewithian Farm Bed & Breakfast, are some of the best B&B homes in Portscatho.

Self-Catering Cottages - Portscatho

Trewince Manor, Froe Cottages, Pollaughan Farm Holidays, Pelyn Creek Cottage,
Curgurrell Farm Barn, Higher Rosevine Farm, Sunday House, and Little Trevorlas Farm, will be happy to have you over.

Camping & Caravanning

You can hire-out comfortable and spacious caravans, and camping gear from Treloan Coastal Farm Holidays and Towan Beach Holiday Caravans.

Restaurants and Pubs in Portscatho

You can tuck into some authentic Cornish sea-food and guzzle pints of chilled beer at Didiers Restaurant, Boathouse, Driftwood, Plume Of Feathers, and Royal standard. Some of these restaurants and pubs are fisherman cottages and farms from the seventeenth century!

Piece Of Paradise
The refreshingly untouched and unspoilt beauty of Portscatho is a soothing song to the soul. This precious piece of paradise will enamour you with its uncommon charm...

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One of the most pleasant self-catering destinations in the south of Cornwall, the village of Portscatho has many offerings from splendid waterside residences to snug self catering cottages. Portscatho has nearby gardens managed by the national trust that are easily accessible via the Roseland Peninsula. Explore the craggy cliffs, sandy beaches and creeks that are bound to steal your senses in the kingdom of Cornwall. If you enjoy gardens then the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan can be reached from Portscatho within a 30 minutes drive. The spring is considered to be the best time to visit Portscatho as camelias, magnolias, azalias and daffodils increasingly beautify the glorious gardens.