There is so much to see and do in our local area, but on some days you may fancy exploring further afield, and deeper into Cornwall. The good news is that there are so many charming towns, seaside villages, ports and resorts just waiting to be discovered… So here are some of our favourite spots! Please just get in touch with the team for more recommendations, we’ll be happy to help.
Bude was officially the sunniest place in the UK in 2013, making it an excellent choice for a local day out. The area has a laid-back charm that hasn’t been spoiled by development, and is traditional in a cherished way. Although you’ll find the odd high street shop, it really is the absence of these that make our town look that bit different and special, and you’ll find buildings from the 16th and 17th Centuries, whilst others have a Georgian, Edwardian, and Victorian Character.
Just 13 miles away from Whalesborough is the picturesque village of Boscastle which lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is definitely worth a visit! There are plenty of opportunities for boat trips from the quaint harbour which venture along the coast to Long Island, or the chance to go offshore and enjoy a few hours of fishing. The coastal waters are home to seals throughout the year, and guillemots and puffins during breeding season… so don’t forget your camera!
In under 30 minutes you can be fully immersed in the fascinating myth and folklore that surrounds atmospheric Tintagel. The pretty village itself is worth a wander around but the real draw are the ruins of the castle perched dramatically on the headland. Tread carefully across the high flying footbridge (don’t look down) and learn all about the legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Adventure, mystery, intrigue and spectacular views – it’s the perfect day out for the whole family!
The quaint fishing village of Port Isaac is 25 miles away along the North Coast of Cornwall, and has been made famous by the TV series Doc Martin by using its charming character and landscapes for filming. If you’re a fan of the show, then take the Doc Martin Tour which gives an insight into all the filming locations of the TV series. If not, then explore the village’s winding streets, charming pubs, independent shops, and keep an eye out for the famous sea shanties singing group ‘Fisherman’s Friends’!
The famous and characterful fishing port of Padstow is just under an hour’s drive away from Whalesborough, and is surrounded by glorious sandy beaches at the head of the Camel River. Sit on the harbourside and watch the busy fishing boats come and go, or drop into one of the many local eateries, we particularly recommend Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant! Try your hand at one of the many water sports available in the town, or hire a bike and set off on the popular Camel Cycle Trail which starts and ends in Padstow.
The surfing town of Newquay is one of the UK’s most popular seaside towns, and offers a wide range of venues and activities suitable for all the family, and couples. With a choice of sandy beaches, theme parks, zoos, surf schools, pubs and restaurants, and plenty more, you won’t struggle to fill your day in Newquay. We’d recommend exploring Fistral Beach, one of Cornwall’s most popular stretches of sand.
The famous fishing port of Fowey is just over an hour away from Whalesborough and is uniquely positioned on the bank of a thriving estuary, making it popular amongst travellers and boaters. With a wide range of eateries overlooking the turquoise waters and plenty of pubs and cafes to choose from, Fowey is a brilliant day out for couples and families. Hop on one of the frequent ferries across the estuary, and visit the picturesque village of Polruan to see the Cornish cottages nestled into the green hillside overlooking the water.