Cornwall By Car, By Bus, By Train

Explore! Have an adventure! Go green! Our ‘Top Ten Day Trips Out from Looe’ make the most of our idyllic yet convenient location and include suggestions for days out from Looe with and without a car.  

At Polraen Country House at Sandplace, we’re lucky!  Few hotels in Looe, let alone Cornwall, provide both easy access to spacious onsite parking, as well as enjoying the services of one of Cornwall’s most scenic branch lines – the Looe Valley Line, and a Western Greyhound bus service.  So you can even leave the car behind on occasions and try the bus and train.

Top 10 Day Trips from Looe

  • Skirt the riverbank from Sandplace into Looe on the Looe Valley Line Train or catch the No. 573 bus outside the hotel (5 mins journey). Then walk the South West Coast path to the smuggling village of Polperro. Return by boat or bus (Public transport and on foot!)
  • Visit the famous Eden Project, returning via Fowey, crossing its beautiful river estuary on the car ferry to Bodinnick and back to Looe (By car)
  • Explore The Lost Gardens of Heligan, stopping en route, at the Georgian port of Charlestown with its Shipwreck Museum & tall ships — a backdrop used in many TV period dramas. (By car)
  • Wander the Victorian rooms at Lanhydrock (near Bodmin) — ‘the finest National Trust house in Cornwall’ set in 450 acres of parkland. (Note: the house is closed on Mondays)( By car)
  • Leave the car in Polraen’s car park at Sandplace and explore by train! Cheap day return trips include St Ives; Falmouth via the cathedral city of Truro; Cotehele & the Tamar Valley via Plymouth. (By train)
  • Drive the scenic coast road to Whitsand Bay, taking in the pretty villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, and Mt Edgcumbe Country Park overlooking Plymouth Sound. (By car)
  • Cross to the North Coast (1 hour) to visit Padstow, Boscastle & King Arthur’s Tintagel Castle. (By car)
  • Take to the Moors, for a contrast in scenery—granite tors and rock formations at the Cheesewring & Hurlers, stop for lunch and ghost hunting at Bodmin Jail. (By car)
  • Learn about Looe’s amazing wildlife, dabble in rockpools, visit Looe Island to see the grey seals, birdwatch, go mackerel fishing or crabbing on the quay. Learn about Looe’s unique marine habitats at events organised by the Looe Marine Conservation Group.
  • Go fishing! There are plenty of mackerel fishing trips for half a day and deep sea fishing for longer. Trips are subject to tide times and weather so walk along the quay and sign up on the blackboards.

To help plan your visit to Looe, and hopefully your stay at Polraen, download a print friendly version of this list.