Stranraer is a town in Inch, Wigtownshire, in the west of Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. For over a 100 years it was a bustling ferry port for services between South West Scotland and Northern Ireland. It lies on the shores of Loch Ryan, and is the gateway to the Rhins of Galloway.
Stranraer boasts a whole range of great award winning restaurants and places to stay, and if you fancy a trip across the water to Northern Ireland, the ferry terminal at Cairnryan is only a short journey away, you can even get a ticket and go for the day.
One of the features of Stranraer is it history and ancient buildings, one of the most spectacular is Lochinch Castle. The ‘new’ Lochinch Castle was built in the mid-19th Century in the Scottish Baronial style to replace Castle Kennedy which burned down in 1716. Its completion meant the Earls of Stair could take up residence in South West Scotland again.
The estates Castle Kennedy Gardens are spectacular and benefit from the Gulf Stream climate, they are famous all around the world, and a visit would be highly recommended when you come to stay.