Stranraer Certificated Locations

Stranraer lies at the head of Loch Ryan and used to be the main ferry port to Northern Ireland, although these now sail to and from nearby Cairnryan.

The area has several fascinating historic buildings, including the modern Lochinch Castle and adjacent ruins of Castle Kennedy, all set in the wide spaces of the Lochinch Heritage Estate, featuring fine gardens and salmon fishing. To the west of Stranraer, the coastal Dunskey Castle is another ruin.

Loch Ryan is great for fishing and sailing, while walkers can enjoy the superb Galloway Forest Park a few miles to the east. This area is also a dark sky park due to its very low levels of light pollution, making it perfect for stargazing.