Steam Packet

Waterside views from friendly inn with up to eight real ales and tasty food; bedrooms

The good pub guide review

This family-run inn sits right on the quayside in a pretty fishing village, close to the roofless remains of 14th-c St Ninian's kirk. It has large picture windows overlooking the bustle of yachts and inshore fishing boats and some of the seven bedrooms offer the same view. The comfortable low-ceilinged bar is split into two: on the right, plush button-back banquettes and boat pictures, and on the left, stools around cast-iron-framed tables on big stone tiles, and a woodburning stove in the bare stone wall; TV, board games and pool. They brew their own ales here at the Five Kingdoms Brewery and also keep Belhaven IPA, Fyne Ales Highlander, Greene King Old Speckled Hen and guests from other breweries such as Kelburn and Orkney on handpump, around 30 gins, 23 malt whiskies, nine wines by the glass and a couple of farm ciders. There's also a lower dining room with beams, high-backed dining chairs around square tables on wooden flooring plus another woodburner, a small eating area off the lounge bar, and an airy conservatory leading into the garden. Wheelchair access but no disabled loos.

The good pub guide food review

Pleasing food includes vegetable curry, burger with onion rings and chips, prawn platter and other seafood options such as lobster, crab, sole and monkfish, sirloin steak with a choice of sauce, and puddings such as treacle sponge and vegan/gluten-free chocolate and vanilla brownies.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

Steam Packet, Harbour Row, Isle of Whithorn, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 8LL

(01988) 500334

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11

Saturday: 11-11

Sunday: 12-11