11 Facts About Stranraer


Stranraer is Dumfries and Galloway's second-largest town, with a population including the immediate surrounding area of nearly 13,000 inhabitants.

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Stranraer is an administrative centre for the West Galloway Wigtownshire area of Dumfries and Galloway.

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Around this time, Stranraer was reached by a military road built from Dumfries to allow easier access to Portpatrick for transportation of people to Ireland for the Plantation of Ulster.

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Stranraer remained the main Scottish port for the Irish ferries for the next 150 years or so.

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Stranraer has an active local history trust, which publishes work on the area's history, commissioned from local authors.

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Stranraer is currently undergoing redevelopment in the South Central Area.

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Town of Stranraer has five primary schools: Belmont, Park, Rephad, Sheuchan and St Joseph's R C, while villages in the local area usually have their own local school or nursery.

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Secondary school, Stranraer Academy, is a comprehensive school consisting of one modern building.

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Stranraer Academy has another seven associated primary schools from areas outwith Stranraer: Glenluce, Castle Kennedy, Drummore, Kirkcolm, Leswalt, Sandhead and Portpatrick.

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The original Stranraer Academy was opened in 1845 on the site of the present Stranraer Campus of Dumfries and Galloway College.

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The nearest weather station to Stranraer is located at RAF West Freugh, around 5 miles to the south of Stranraer.

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