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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.



As 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.

Walkers can take to the spectacular South Coast Path and get the best of the island's rugged coastal views.
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.

Beach 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 centre.

The Old Higher Lighthouse, Portland Bill, Dorset DT5 2JT  Tel: 01305 822300