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Created a Burgh of Barony in 1596 and a Royal Burgh in 1617, Stranraer is a busy ferry port with many a tale to tell.

Stranraer town centre   

Since early times the proximity to Ireland has established close links with the Emerald Isle and other lands bounding the Irish Sea with the sheltered waters of Loch Ryan providing a safe harbour.

There is much to do in Stranraer and it's hinterland - outside when the weather is fine, and using the modern facilities of the town in inclement weather.

Take a walk around 'the Toon' and along the shore, visiting the museum and the Castle of St. John where the view from the roof is magnificent.  Follow the Town Trail and discover for yourself.

Stranraer is a great centre for the serious walker and is skirted by the Southern Upland Way. For those who enjoy a garden walk, three famous gardens in the area are open to the public - Castle Kennedy, Glenwhan and Logan. 

Children love Agnew Park with its pedal boats, train rides, adventure playground and crazy golf. Their elders can enjoy a seat to watch the ferries set off up the loch en route for Ireland.

There are two bowling greens in the town, at West End and Stranraer Bowling Club, where the visitors are welcome. Visit Stair Park to play tennis, watch a football match, or relax in the Gardens of Friendship. Enjoy 18 holes of golf at Creachmore, or travel a wee bit further to the Wigtown Country Club at Glenluce, or Dunskey at Portpatrick.

Stranraer has several beaches, but travel a few miles outwith the town to Sandhead and New England Bay for miles of sand, or all around the loch for pebbly beaches. The Sailing Club at Wig Bay is a haven for yachts of all sizes.

When it's wet visit the Ryan Centre and swim in the Leisure Pool, or hire a hall for badminton or ball games. You may be able to spend an evening at the Ryan Theatre to watch a film or see a live show.

Curling is the ancient Scottish game played on the ice rink at the North West Castle, from October to April, spectate in comfort or have a game yourself.

[Picture]    Over the years, Stranraer has served as a market town, seaport, garrison town and administrative centre. Today it is an ideal focal point for those with leisure time to spend in the town and in the surrounding gentle countryside.

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(Edited extract written by Stranraer & District Local History Trust)

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