Portland is a small island connected to the mainland by a causeway. With b-side as your guide, you’ll discover great ways to experience all the island has to offer and find out what’s going on. Our projects, events and festivals take place all over the Isle of Portland in Chiswell, Fortuneswell, New Ground, Grove, Easton and Wakeham.
Taxi contact numbers: Weyline 01305 777777 Portline 01305 821600 Weymouth Cars 01305 782222
There is a daily ferry service from Coastline Cruises from Weymouth to Portland. Enjoy a refreshing sea journey through Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour. Jump on board at Weymouth Brewers Quay. Bookings can be made in advance or bought directly at the Harbour Side Kiosk. For more info and times see their website. It is essential to check sailing times on 01305 785000 / 07749 732428 or via their Twitter feed @coastlinekiosk
Buses run frequently between Weymouth and Portland. Links to areas further afield are available too, such as Dorchester and Exeter. Service Number 1 from Kings Statue [K4] Weymouth to Portland, does a circuit of the island as far as Southwell.
Portland Coaster runs from Weymouth up to Portland Bill.
For timetables visit First Group’s website or call 0345 646 0707 (Mon – Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 7am-6pm).
From the South and London: Follow the A35 towards Dorchester, but turn off on the junction for the A354 (that has signs for Weymouth). From the West Country: Follow the signs for Bridport, and then at the roundabout near Morrisons take the coast road towards Weymouth, or the main road towards Dorchester. Once you are in Weymouth there are many signs for Portland. Visit the Dorset Council website for up to date travel information.
There are some wonderful places to stay on Portland, some great B&Bs, cottages and hotels, and some great campsites to really experience the beauty of the landscape of the Isle of Portland.
Off the beaten track between the village of Southwell and Portland Bill is Sweethill Farm Nearly Wild Camping. Offering camping with as little impact on the land as possible. Compost toilets and solar showers. Sunrises, sunsets and star gazing, unrestricted views overlooking the sea and three lighthouses, across cornfields and grazing horses. With b-side events nearby and on site. What more could you wish for.
You can find out more about this intriguing island using the website links below.
Exploring Portland www.geoffkirby.co.uk/Portland
The encyclopedia of Portland www.portlandhistory.co.uk
Portland Museum www.portlandmuseum.co.uk
Dorset Wildlife Trust www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk
Portland Bird Observatory www.portlandbirdobs.com
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