Once the scene of a thriving pilchard industry the old fish cellars are now holiday cottages and the quaint little harbour is now a place of calm.
There are two beaches immediately accessible from Portwrinkle; to the west of the harbour is the sandy crescent of Hoodny Cove and to the east the quirkily named Finnygook Beach. There is actually a reasonable patch of sand within the little harbour at Portwrinkle too.
Finnygook is the most popular of the two beaches and comprises of a stretch of fine golden sand which runs down to the mid tide mark. At this point there is a rocky ledge which runs most of the length of the beach
. This is home to a host of rockpools which are great for the kids to explore. As the tide comes in it becomes a good spot to snorkel.
Hoodny Cove is a little more sheltered than Finnygook, tucked away under high green cliffs. The beach here has the same sand and rocky foreshore as at Finygook, but a very different feel overall. Whereas Finygook backs onto the road and car park, Hoodny has a tucked away somewhat secluded feel to it.