Dumfries and Galloway

George Hotel, Stranraer
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George Hotel, Stranraer

A port and holiday resort in SW Scotland, Stranraer lies at the head of Loch Ryan on the eastern side of the Rhins of Galloway peninsula. It developed as a market town and was the principal trading centre in western Galloway. It was made a burgh of barony in 1595 and a royal burgh in 1617. In 1831 Stranraer was served by regular steamers, eventually becoming a major ferry port with links to Larne and Belfast in Northern Ireland. The railway came to Stranraer in 1862, and a station still operates at the harbour despite ferry services having moved to nearby Cairnryan in 2011. Notable buildings include the Castle of St John, associated with Graham of Claverhouse in 1632; the North West Castle, now a hotel but previously a residence of the Arctic explorer Sir John Ross (1777 - 1856); and the Stranraer Museum which was erected in 1776 as the town hall.

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