The Isle of Portland is an adventurer’s dream. Located in Dorset and just at the southernmost point on the Jurassic Coast, this tiny island features plenty of geological features that make hiking and climbing a popular activity here. Whether you are on a walking holiday, camping, or rock climbing – there is something for every explorer.

The limestone island is famous for its Portland stone (used in the construction of St Paul’s Cathedral!). This hard rock also makes for amazing walking and climbing routes carved into the cliffs.

Things to do in Portland, Dorset

There are plenty of different outdoor activities to try in Portland. From paddle boarding to a leisurely stroll, Portland is suitable for all abilities. Here are some of our favourites:

Outdoor climbing

We run outdoor climbing courses, with a massive breadth of experience climbing in the Dorset area – especially the areas of Portland and Swanage. There are plenty of courses available for different experience levels, from the BMC Ready to Rock course, to independent sport climbing.

Youngs Adventure Solutions also run private guided courses to discover new climbing areas and routes around Dorset. Visit some of the classic routes such as Cattle Troughs or Boulder Ruckle, in a one-to-one guide to coach you on the climb of your choice.

Visit Portland Bill Lighthouse

Voted as the top attraction in the area by Tripadvisor, this is a must-see for anyone visiting the island. The lighthouse is one of the oldest coastal lighthouses in England, and is a great photography location. The lighthouse is open daily, and you can climb to the top on a guided tour for great views over Portland, Weymouth and Chesil.


Portland Harbour is perfect for flat windsurfing and other water sports. Weymouth Speed Week is one of the longest running annual windsurfing competitions in the world. There is plenty of instructor courses and equipment hire around the area, making it simple to get started. The harbour is also suitable for kayaking, kitesurfing, and SUP.

Places to stay in Portland

After a long day of adventuring, stay the night in your choice of campsites or caravan parks.

Portland Bill Camping

Camp right on the coast at Portland Bill campsite. Enjoy amazing coastal views in a scenic clifftop location. This simple site has direct access to the coastal path, great if you want to enjoy the beach or a sea swim.

Martleaves Farm Campsite

Located between Weymouth and Portland, right on the stunning Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Martleaves is open all year round to campers, and is a haven for nature lovers.

Pebble Bank Caravan Park

If you are looking for a more permanent holiday park to stay at, Pebble Bank is right in front of Chesil Beach and less than two miles from the town centre. Take a break in a caravan, or pitch up in your motorhome.