Isle of Portland
Portland  is a town in Dorset, a county on the south coast of the West Country, in England. Portland is actually an island, even though it is linked to the mainland by Chesil Beach, as Chesil Beach is actually a tombolo.
Many attractions and facilities are available in the nearby town of Weymouth, only a short bus ride away. The area is rapidly improving after the closure of the Naval Base in 1995. The London 2012 Olympic sailing events will be staged in Portland Harbour.
From the South and London: Follow the A35 towards Dorchester, but turn off on the junction for the A354 (that has signs for Weymouth). Then simply follow the signs into the town. Once in Weymouth there are many signs for Portland. From the Westcountry: Follow the signs for Bridport, then at the roundabout near Morrisons take the coast road towards Weymouth, or the main road towards Dorchester. Once in Weymouth there are many signs for Portland.
The nearest train station is in Weymouth. Trains to Weymouth come direct from London Waterloo and Bristol. Connections can be made from the north by changing trains at London, Bristol or at Southampton. There is a bus stop two minutes from the train station with direct busses to Portland. There is also a taxi rank outside the station.
National Express operates a coach service to and from Weymouth's Seafront. Services run to London Victoria, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol with connections to other locations from those towns. From Weymouth there is a five minute walk to the bus stop at the back of Debenhams, where buses to Portland operating up to every 7 minutes .
A regular bus service is provided by both First and Sureline within the area. All day travel around Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester is about £3.00. The main service is route 1 provided by First, which operates every 7/8 minutes on weekdays during the day.
Taxis are relatively inexpensive, the major operator in the area is Portline (+44 1305 821600)
There are numerous guest houses located on the island. The Portland Heights Hotel located on the top of Portland has spectacular views and has the highest amount of tourist guide stars in the area. The Portland Lodge  next door is also very good and caters to many of the divers and sailors in the area.
For budget accommodation, the YHA youth hostel on Portland  provides excellent rooms in an impressive Edwardian building that previously housed the Royal Navy's First Admiral for just £17.50 per night, B&B. It is located in Castletown, very close to Chesil Beach and the fast bus link to Weymouth.
The majority of pubs on the island are locally run establishments, aimed at older generations. There are no nightclubs on Portland. Most of local residents travel to nearby Weymouth to go out. Cinema and Bowling facilities can also be found in Weymouth.
There is also an arts festival that runs exclusively on the isle of Portland every other year called b-side festival. b-side festival is an artist led multimedia arts festival bringing new art to unusual locations, held exclusively on the intriguing Isle of Portland. b-side creates conversations between artists, residents and producers, crafting new work that responds specifically to the island’s unique and endlessly evolving history, geology and character. It's next running date is: 10 - 18 September 2016.