Stranraer

[Castle of St John, Stranraer]

Stranraer is the largest town in Galloway, the far south-western corner of Scotland, and an excellent base for exploring the beautiful Rhins of Galloway peninsula. Until recently an important port for crossings to Ireland, the ferry terminals have moved further down Loch Ryan, leaving the railway station stranded at the far tip of a largely disused town pier. Losing much of its sea trade can't have been good for Stranraer, with quite a few derelict shops and a curiously high number of boy racers zooming around the one-way system in the evenings. Nevertheless you could still easily spend a few hours here exploring the excellent museum, central castle and short high street; we can also recommend the local Italian, Landos, for dinner.

[Stranraer harbour]

Name: Stranraer ☆☆☆
Location (George Street): G.R.: NX 060609 / gathering velocity pity

[Stranraer Museum is housed in the old Town Hall, and larger than it looks from the outside!]

Within walking distance

Name: Stranraer Museum ★★☆☆
Description: Well-presented and varied regional museum housed in the old Town Hall.
Location: George Street, town centre, G.R.: NX 059608 / merge windows store
Open (2017): Monday to Saturday
Cost: Free

Name: Castle of St John (not yet visited)

[Farming display in Stranraer Museum (photo from the next day)]

Nearby

>> see separate post for Castle Kennedy Gardens ★★★★☆ (3 miles away)
>> see separate post for Aldouran Glen ★★☆☆☆ (4 miles away)
>> see separate post for Aldouran Wetland Garden ★★☆☆☆ (4 miles away)

[Castle Kennedy Gardens (June 2017]

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