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By john short  
Portpatrick village is on the extreme south-westerly tip of mainland, cut into a cleft in steep cliffs. Anciently known as Portrie (Port Rhin), it's quay was protected by baron of Dunskey (Dun=Castle Key=Quay) Castle and his local men. When being invaded, the fishermen and their families probably scrambled up the cliffs to Dunskey for protection.
Dating back some 700 years and built adjacent to the ruins of nearby Dunskey Castle, Port Patrick village's position on the Rhins of Galloway affords visitors views of the Northern Irish coast to the west, with clifftop walks and beaches both north and south. The Gulf Stream, flowing in from the north, gives the coastline a pleasant climate, in which subtropical plant life can flourish.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: CDSINUK, JFitz, johnriley1uk and 41 more

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CDSINUK 5 223 England
3 Nov 2012 10:47PM
stunning colour and mood , great image Smile

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tezquirk 6 27 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 11:15PM
Beautiful Capture .. Smile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 12:58AM
A very beautiful image with a glorious sunset.
The lighthouse nicely placed against he bright orange glow.
Great composition and f/g interest and those dark clouds add to the overall appeal.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Nov 2012 5:42AM
An interesting narrative to accompany this superb sunset shot, the positioning of all the elements so carefully planned.
Many congrats. on your GEA....well deserved.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
4 Nov 2012 6:36AM
Excellent !! Great backround info as well - thanx Smile Great photo Grin
Lovely colours, it looks so peaceful. Great image.

iancatch 11 4 45 England
4 Nov 2012 10:51AM
Beautiful composition and tones

ilocke 9 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 11:59AM
Very atmospheric image
4 Nov 2012 2:55PM
This is a really nice take.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
4 Nov 2012 3:01PM
Congrat's John, wonderful comp' and colours, beautifully taken! Thanks for the info too Smile

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john short 14 25 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 4:40PM
Thank you everyone
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 5:35PM
Ooooo....superb !!!....beautifully balanced composition, with gorgeous light & subtle colours !!.....1st class !!
Bonico 8 Romania
6 Nov 2012 6:00PM
Like it. Congrats.

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