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Stranraer is the second largest town in Dumfries and Galloway, located on the shores of Loch Ryan on the northern side of the isthmus joining the Rhins of Galloway to the mainland. It is best known as having been a ferry port. Stranraer serves as the gateway to the stunning Rhins of Galloway. The Southern Upland Way footpath passes just to the south of the town. Stranraer has a beautiful town centre, dominated by the Castle of St John. This friendly town has many cafes with tables on the pavement lining the street, eateries and shops to explore. The Castle is a medieval tower house, built around 1500 and used as a home, a court, a prison, and a military garrison. The Old Town Hall, built in 1776, now houses the Stranraer Museum. The town is also home to the North-West Castle, built in 1820, and the first hotel in the world with its own indoor curling ice rink. Stranraer also has a leisure centre and world-class golf course. Agnew Park has a wealth of facilities for children including a boating lake, miniature train, pedal go-karts and much more. A few miles north of Stranraer is the ferry port of Cairnryan. From there, you can take a day trip on the ferry to Northern Ireland.

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