About Stranraer

Stranraer is the largest town in the south west of Scotland and an ideal place from which to explore the Dumfries and Galloway region. Set on the banks of Loch Ryan, it is attractive and bustling town centre, there is an operational harbour with ferry connections to Belfast & Larne from Cairnryan (approx. 5 miles north).  Its proximity to a number of attractions making it popular with visitors throughout the year.

The town has an interesting past and there are a number of places worth making time to see. For a history of the local area visit the Stranraer Museum, located in the Old Town Hall. Some spectacular views of the town and loch can be seen from the Castle of St John, which is also known as Stranraer Castle. Inside the Castle is a museum dedicated to the Castle’s past from the 16th century to the present day.  The town has a number of attractions for those who enjoy outside pursuits. Those who enjoy horticulture will enjoy the renowned gardens at Castle Kennedy, Glenwhan and the Logan Botanic Gardens. Loch Ryan is popular with bird and seal watchers.

Walkers will find much on offer in the area. The Loch Ryan Coastal Path meets with the Ayrshire Coastal Path whilst the Southern Upland Way, a 212 mile walk from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath, skirts the town.