Towns & Villages
Stranraer lies on the southern shore of Loch Ryan. The largest town in Galloway, it’s becoming known as a hub for events, walking & cycling, and water sports.

About Stranraer

Stranraer is considered the Gateway to Galloway, and offers an abundance of hotels, guesthouses, cafes and restaurants. After all, as the former main ferry port to Northern Ireland, Stranraer is a community well practiced in welcoming visitors and meeting the needs of travellers!

Exploring the rich history of Stranraer gives an insight into the strategic importance of the town through the centuries. The imposing medieval tower house, Castle of St John, in the town centre tells the story of the Covenanters and provides super views of the town and Loch Ryan beyond. Meanwhile nearby Stranraer Museum gives a fascinating insight into Stranraer’s role in WW11.

In recent years the waterfront has proven a popular draw for visitors. Families will love Agnew Park, with its pirate ship mini train, while visitors who fancy trying out water sports can explore the taster sessions in paddleboarding, sailing and kayaking offered by Stranraer Watersports Association.

Hidden beneath the waters of Loch Ryan is an ecological treasure – a wild, native oyster bed, the only one of significant size left in the UK. The local oysters are the focal point of Stranraer Oyster Festival, a major event attracting thousands of people that takes place each September on the waterfront. Other popular events include Stranraer agricultural show, and the new Scottish Fin & Foil windsurfing championships.

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Stranraer has an unusually warm climate, with palm trees growing along the waterfront. Surrounded by walking trails, coastal views and cycling routes, Stranraer is a great place to visit if you love the outdoors – in fact, the new coast to coast cycle route, Kirkpatrick C2C, starts in Stranraer!

Stranraer walking, cycling and driving routes

Towns and villages near Stranraer