Stranraer is a town in South West (Scotland). It is best known as a ferry port connecting Scotland with Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Get in

By ferry

Stranraer has 2 ferry ports nearby. Stena Line Ferries to Belfast moved their ferry terminal in 2012 from Stranraer to Loch Ryan Port, just north of Cairnryan (11km). Cairnryan harbour is located 10km to the north of the town, near to the mouth of Loch Ryan, and is used by P&O Ferries to Larne.

If you are travelling from Europe, you can reach Stranraer using the ferry from Holland to Newcastle and drive in around 3 and a half hours using the A69 and A75.

By road

From the north: M77/A77 from Ayrshire and Glasgow. From the south and east: A75 from Dumfries and Carlisle (connects with the M6 motorway at Gretna).

By rail

Scotrail trains serve Stranraer via Ayrshire, with connections to/from Glasgow, Dumfries, Carlisle and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Get around

Stranraer is a relatively small town and is easy enough to walk around. There is very little need for public transport. However, pedestrians should be wary of very heavy traffic, including many lorries (trucks) and coaches when ferries arrive or are departing.

Bus, ferry, rail or coach

You can find information for travel in, to, from and around Stranraer here.


There's a small town museum in the main square.


There's not much to do in Stranraer itself although the town is within easy reach of a number of attractions including the Port Logan fish pond and botanic gardens, the beach at Sandhead, the Mull of Galloway and the scenery at Portpatrick.

The Ryan Centre has a swimming pool, a theatre and a cinema, although the latter two are not always in operation -


There isn't really a lot to buy in Stranraer, as it is mostly used as a transit point for ferry passengers.

However, there is a reasonably sized Tesco just off the main street for those needing to stock up on essentials, and a larger Morrisons within a five minute walk.

If you are camping and forget or otherwise need to buy basic kit, then the Argos near the ferry terminal is your best bet.


The Starfish on the main street is an unpretentious chip shop and cafe that does all the usual favourites.


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