Visitor Attractions: Local Activities » Stranraer

Agnew Park

Agnew Park

Stranraer Marina

Stranraer Marina

The nearby town of Stranraer offers a range of activities. The Ryan Leisure Centre provides a fitness suite, free weights room, swimming pool with flumes, sauna, sports hall, concert theatre/cinema, cafeteria, children’s play area – the outstanding ‘Ryan’s Den’, a bar, good car parking and various events throughout the year.

Within the town one can find a number of places to eat ranging from cafes to restaurants offering Chinese, Indian, Italian and British dishes to suit all tastes and pockets.

There are also a number of pubs - most of which also offer bar meals or evening meals, live music and various events throughout the year.

The centrepeice of Stranraer – The Castle of Saint John - provides a historical overview of the castle and its uses over the centuries.  It also features a ground-floor ‘virtual tour’ of the castle for those who cannot climb the narrow stairs up to the upper levels.  The recently re-furbished Castle Green provides a great focal point for the town centre and is a popular meeting place.  The town’s museum is of a high standard and has frequent themed displays covering a multitude of topics.   During the summer months the museum provides a number of fun events for children to participate in.

Local produce is available locally - from fresh fish to the local Galloway beef, Loch Ryan shellfish to locally grown vegetables and fruit. Many of the areas restaurants offer local produce in season, including locally caught crab and lobster.  Our local Malt Whisky – Bladnoch – is a fine drop of the ‘Water of Life’ and holds its place alongside the more famous malts from further afield.

Loch Ryan is home to both Stena and P&O Ferries with Stena soon to relocate further up the loch to Cairnryan and its new ferry berths. Both operators offer frequent sailings to Belfast and Larne.  The journey takes around 2.5 hours to Belfast and makes for a pleasant day out.  Bus tours to Giant’s Causeway and the Mountains of Mourne – to name just a couple – can be booked in advance.

There is also a train service to Glasgow which takes about 2.5 hours to complete with a change at Ayr – itself a pleasant and vibrant large seaside town.  The train also stops at Prestwick Airport.

Throughout the year Stranraer hosts a number of events such as the RNLI Park Fest, the Waterfront Festival in June, the Christmas Lights, angling competitions and live concerts at the Millennium Centre and Ryan Centre.

The annual Stranraer Agricultural Show is a great day out for all the family and gives our agricultural community a chance to show off their breeds (including our famous Belted Galloways), compete for Best of Breed awards and generally have a day off!  The show invariably features machinery displays, sheep shearing displays, equestrian classes, local arts and crafts, fun rides for children, food and drink outlets/marquees, beer tent, stunt riders and so forth.

Our local football team – Stranraer FC - can be found at Stair Park when playing at home, should you want to watch a live match.  Also in Stair Park is our local Skateboard area which is very popular with the local boarders in almost all weathers.

On the shores of Loch Ryan there is also Agnew Park with its Go Kart track, miniature railway, desert island and children’s play area, boating lake and small beach.

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