Portland - Local Information
Portland is part of the 95-mile stretch of coastline awarded natural
World Heritage status because of its outstanding geology,
which spans 180 million years of earth history. The Island
is joined to the mainland by a causeway and the famous Chesil
Bank, an 18-mile stretch of shingle running from Portland to West Bay. Best explored on foot the island is a magnet for
bird watchers, especially at migration times, and the many
rare species seen are recorded at one of the other lighthouses at Portland Bill, the Old Lower Light, which is now a Bird Observatory
and Field Centre where visitors are welcome to call in.
you explore the island you'll see evidence of the stone quarrying
for which Portland is renowned. Although no longer the mainstay
of the local economy Portland Stone is still quarried and
the famous white stone used in buildings around the world.
Sport lovers are spoilt for choice as the area is popular
with divers, wind and kite surfers, fishermen and horse riders.
can take to the spectacular South Coast Path and get the
best of the island's rugged
Visit the current lighthouse, which although no longer
home to a lighthouse keeper, is still operational
on an automated basis.
Explore the disused Tout Quarry which has been transformed
into a unique sculpture park or visit the nearby Culverwell
Mesolithic site and delve into the island's archaeology.
lovers can take their pick from hidden coves on the island
or the sandy family beach of nearby Weymouth, which also
has a host of visitor attractions and a picturesque harbour.
With a healthy range of shops in the village of Easton and
a pub/restaurant just 5-10 minutes' walk away Branscombe
Lodge offers everything you need for a relaxing holiday
or out of season short break. Open all year round.
The nearest train station is Weymouth (10 miles) and there
is a good bus service connecting Portland to Weymouth town
Old Higher Lighthouse, Portland Bill, Dorset DT5 2JT Tel: