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Stranraer has a number of quality outlets offering local produce. Try the multi-award winning ‘Jack’s Butchers’ for local beef and a range of specially prepared products, or Fraser’s Butchers for a range of quality local meat products. Loch’s Store is worth a visit if you want to purchase some fine single Malts. Supermarket-wise, we have Morrison’s, Tesco & Lidl offering a range of products, food & drink. The Ryan Centre provides fitness suite, free weights suite, indoor games courts, swimming pool, sauna, cinema and live concerts/theatre. Spoutwells Holiday Cottages are about ten minutes walk from town, 3 minutes drive.
Stranraer: The bus stops*, train station** and tourist centre are located in Stranraer.
Visitor attractions in Stranraer include the Castle of St John, a round tower built in 1500 from which the Sheriff of Wigtown, Graham of Claverhouse, conducted vicious campaigns against the Covenanters and was later used as a prison. Further local history can be found at the Stranraer Museum – which itself is well worth a visit. The Rhins of Galloway are worth exploring in their own right.
* Port Rodie area, buses to: Ayr, Dumfries, Carlisle, Portpatrick, Drummore, Whithorn.
** Stranraer Station, trains to: Barr Hill, Girvan, Ayr, Glasgow Central Station.
At the old harbour on Lochryan (54:15′ N 005:02′ W Admiralty Chart: Admiralty 1403 ) there is a newly constructed Marina where visitors are welcome to moor their boats. There are also a fair number of slipways in the area for boat launching; Wig Bay (Loch Ryan), Ardwell (Luce Bay), Tarbet (Luce Bay), Port Logan (Irish Sea) and Ardwell Bay (Irish Sea). More details here: http://www.visitmyharbour.com/harbours/west-scotland-northern-ireland/stranraer-marina/
Spoutwells Farm Holiday Cottages are a convenient base to access the Rhins and the Mull of Galloway, south Ayrshire, The Machars and Galloway Forest Park – the latter has miles and miles of public access routes for cycling and walking. With historic castles, fine gardens, sea and loch fishing, five golf courses, and within easy reach of the fine beaches at Sandhead, New England Bay and Ardwell Bay. The area has a good number of restaurants and pubs serving meals.
The Rhins of Galloway – It’s the Natural Place!