From the quaint fishing village of Port Isaac to the wild and rugged landscape of Bodmin Moor, an individually designed one day tour that promises to give you a Doc Martin experience you will never forget.
Doc Martin Tours is a subsidiary of Cornish Welcome Tours, a family run business that specialises in tailor made tours of Devon and Cornwall. We are based in the beautiful town of Launceston on the Devon/Cornwall border. We are passionate about this stunning little corner of the UK and pride ourselves on our enthusiasm and knowledge of the area.
As well as our Doc Martin tour we have a trip to suit everybody, from Poldark to Rosamund Pilcher. We can arrange all aspects of your tour from transfers and accommodation to dinners in fine local restaurants. Our Doc Martin tour is only one day, but we can incorporate it into a longer tour at your request. Just send us an email and we will come up with a tour that will show you the best that Devon and Cornwall has to offer.
If you would like a tailor made tour accommodation is situated close to the Devon/Cornwall border in a comfortable Bed and Breakfast or hotel close to the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston. It is an ideal base for your holiday being centrally situated and close to major road networks.
If you would like a one day tour we will pick you up from your accommodation and return you at the end of the day.
Doc Martin tour Costs are just £258 per day per car (maximum of 4 passengers). Included in the tour are: Tour guide/Driver, all motoring costs, parking etc. Not included are: Entrance fees where applicable; Coffees, teas or lunches
Prices for tailor made tours of 2 days or longer are available on request.
Please see our other website www.cornishwelcometours.co.uk for more detail
The route that our Doc Martin tour takes can be adapted depending on your accommodation location, but will include most if not all of the following locations in North Cornwall: Padstow, Port Isaac, Port Gaverne, Delabole, Trebarwith Strand, St Breward and Altarnun
Our tour starts in the charming working fishing port of Padstow, surrounded by glorious sandy beaches at the head of the River Camel. This popular Cornish town is a food lovers heaven, whether it's for an award winning Cornish pasty or a gourmet dinner at Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant. Padstow featured in the first series of Doc Martin as Aunt Joan's old flame, John Slater's boat was moored here.
From Padstow we then head on to the quaint unspoilt fishing village of Port Isaac.
Port Isaac was a busy coastal port from the Middle Ages to the mid 19th Century when it was an active harbour where cargoes like stone, coal, timber and pottery were loaded and unloaded. To this day the fishing industry has played an important part in the villages history and brightly coloured fishing boats dot the harbour. It is renowned for it's narrow streets and alleyways, having one of the narrowest thoroughfares in Britain, the aptly named 'Squeezy Belly Alley'
Many of the villages buildings will be easily identifiable to Doc Martin fans including Fern Cottage which was used as the doctors surgery, Bert's Restaurant and the chemist to name a few…
After a good look around the village with plenty of photo opportunities we head on to neighbouring Port Gaverne, a tiny peaceful cove which like Port Isaac is within an AONB and it's easy to see why. Heading up the coast we will pass Roscraddock Manor farm where a barn is used for many of the interior scenes of Doc Martin such as the surgery. (Roscraddock was also used as Nampara, Ross Poldark's home in the 1970's version of Poldark)
We continue up past Dinnabroad Farm which was used as the location for Aunt Joan's farm. From here our tour takes us through the village of Delabole where all the interior school scenes are filmed at the local Primary School. We will then take a stop at the beautiful beach at Trebarwith Strand where we can take in the magnificent views from the Port William pub high up on the cliff overlooking the beach and enjoy a well earned lunch. Our tour then takes us back inland and onto the dramatic and rugged landscape of Bodmin Moor. We will stop briefly in St Breward, a tiny village surrounded by open countryside and high hills. Here you'll find the highest church in Cornwall at about 700ft. The Old Inn here featured as the location for the interior shots of the sudden delivery of Martin and Louisa's baby in season 4.
We then wind our way across Bodmin Moor to the East passing one of Cornwall's best known natural landscapes, the peak of Roughtor. As we cross the old airfield at Davidstow, home to flocks of moorland sheep and wild ponies you will see Crowdy Reservoir flanked by the towering heights of Roughtor in the distance. Crowdy is famous in the winter months for it's flocks of Starlings that come back to roost here at dusk. Our tour concludes in the beautiful village of Altarnun, arguably one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall. The 12th century church of St Nonnas and known locally as "The Cathedral of the Moors" was used as the location for Martin and Louisa's wedding..(The parish priest is actually a huge Doc Martin fan himself!). From here we head home after an interesting and scenic days tour.