With the country slowly coming out of lockdown, staycations are being rapidly booked in for all areas of the UK, most specifically South West Scotland. With amazing locations to stay in all across the coast, the Dumfries and Galloway area has been the recipient of the most attention from vacationers both abroad and across the country.
Most specifically, the small town of Stranraer and its varied options for accommodation have been hailed as some of the best places to stay in Stranraer. If you’re looking for cottages, bed and breakfasts or hotels in Stranraer, read on for some of the best hotels and homes you can stay in for a lovely holiday away with your loved ones!
Hotels in Stranraer
For those of us who like a bit more luxury to our stay, great value hotels are one of the best options for accommodation when looking to have a little getaway. With the hotels in Stranraer being of such high quality whilst also having been some of the best cheap hotels for miles, you can be sure that you’re getting great value with any of these stays.
North West Castle Hotel
North West Castle Hotel is a beautiful little self-contained resort with some of the best leisure facilities in the area. Most Stranraer hotels are renowned for their comfort, but this one goes above and beyond with the activities that it offers.
The North West Castle hotel is a brilliant option for families with a curling rink and an ice rink, it is also a great potential destination for couples; having spa bath facilities and a sauna as well, this high-quality cheap hotel is usually one of the most booked up in the Stranraer area.Check Online Availability
Croignelder Hotel is the best of both worlds, offering you city-standard luxury with a beautiful double room, private bathroom included, whilst also offering you some of the most spectacular views overlooking Loch Ryan.
If you’re travelling by car, this hotel also has free parking but if you’re more of a public transport vacationer, you’ll be pleased to know that the train station is only a ten-minute walk away. Additionally, the Craignelder hotel is one of the greatest hotels in the area for providing a truly local Stranraer exceptional breakfast to its residents.Check Online Availability
The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel is another one of the popular hotels that aim to provide all its guests with that beautiful city-style urban escape whilst still only a short walk away from the Stranraer town centre.
With all the en-suite rooms being accompanied by a state of the art flat-screen TV, and family rooms coming with king-size deluxe beds, this should definitely be on the list of hotels for all visitors to Stranraer.Check Online Availability
Blue Peter Hotel
Blue Peter Hotel, a beautifully decorated traditional Scottish hotel, is another one of the cheaper hotels with brilliant quality located in the town centre. Offering breakfast accommodation options as well, alongside free parking, this is one of the hotels for you if you’re looking for a relaxing break.
With most facilities available at the hotel, you don’t have to worry about anything! Just put your feet up, relax and be happy in the knowledge that you’re staying at one of the highest-rated hotels in Stranraer.Check Online Availability
Lakeview Guest House
Lakeview Guest House is one of the hotels that are a little less like the others, such as the North West Castle Hotel, in the traditional sense. The guest house is one of the hotels in Stranraer that feels much more homely, but still has some of the modern luxuries included in your stay, such as free wifi.
If you’re a family, this may be a little less catered to you, as the room types are not specialised into family rooms as well, but if you’re a couple, make your way into the en-suite before someone else bags it up before you!Check Online Availability
Windsor House is one of the most stayed at hotels in the area and is usually the lowest price. This is a great place in the city centre for a quick stay if you’re just looking for somewhere to spend the night. In case there’s two of you that want separate beds, the place does have double rooms as well.
This is also a great option if you’re on a business trip, as Windsor House also provides high-speed free wifi as part of your stay. Unfortunately, this hotel doesn’t offer breakfast, but being right in the city centre, you’re always a short walk away from a lovely place in Stranraer that serves a good traditional Scottish breakfast!Check Online Availability
Neptunes Rest Hotel
Neptunes Rest Hotel is a classic Stranraer hotel, with great views of Agnew Park and only a short distance away from Loch Ryan. Not far away from the main ferry port either, you’ll be able to enjoy the views of all the ships coming into the dock like a true Scottish coastal holiday should be!
The hotel also provides breakfast with seasonally locally sourced items and is one of the homeliest hotels in the town of Stranraer. With most hotels in Stranraer attempting to capture the luxury of the city and bring it to the coasts of South West Scotland, this hotel is one of the few hotels in Stranraer keeping that coastal charm intact!Check Online Availability
Harbour Lights Guesthouse
Harbour Lights Guesthouse is a great choice for anyone who’s looking for a memorable little getaway in the town of Stranraer. Similar to North West Castle, this hotel has free parking and is not too far away from a train station, making it super accessible to get to for families and couples alike.
Also, the free wifi is greatly useful not only for any last-minute business that needs to be done but also for uploading those brilliant pictures of both Loch Ryan and the beautifully populated Castle Kennedy gardens!
With a good selection of double rooms available, this stay comes highly recommended as one of the best hotels in Stranraer without a doubt.Check Online Availability
B&Bs in Stranraer
As always, not everyone enjoys holidaying the same way and for some, the hotels in Stranraer might just not be what you’re looking for. Instead, the classic charm and traditionalist layout of a good old bed and breakfast might be the way to go for some, and Stranraer is definitely not short of those at all!
Read on if a cute and cosy, yet exciting and memorable stay, is more your atmosphere.
Briar Brae Bed & Breakfast
Briar Brae Bed & Breakfast is a great little place to stay with not only free parking but also the beautiful views of Loch Ryan guaranteed from the windows of each of their bedrooms.
Owned by some lovely Stranraer locals, you can always be sure that you’re staying in one of the homeliest bed and breakfast accommodations in the area. To top it off, there is a great level of flexibility on the breakfast, with options for room service or instead, a visit to the dedicated dining room for your homemade breakfast.Check Online Availability
Balyett Farmhouse B&B
Balyett Farmhouse B&B is perfectly balanced between a modern stay and a nice opportunity to detox from that city life. Just isolated enough for a proper getaway, this bed and breakfast offers a pickup and drop off service for anyone coming by plane or train as well. If you’re driving to the location, free parking is also available if notified in advance.
A great bed and breakfast with almost the lowest price in the Stranraer area, the facilities at this bed and breakfast are almost on par with that of some of the loveliest hotels in Stranraer as well. Complete with free wifi, an ensuite in some rooms and super comfy beds, you’ll feel right at home.Check Online Availability
Thornbank House is another great choice for families and couples alike, this is a popular stop for those travellers who are looking to spend the night somewhere before getting a ferry to Northern Ireland.
A bed and breakfast with a very accommodating, resort-like feeling, Thornbank House also have an indoor pool and free wifi, to make sure your little stopover is one of the best you’ve ever had.
If that wasn’t already tempting enough, the Thornbank House bed and breakfast have more than just an indoor pool, with spa bath facilities as well! This makes the stay ideal for any type of vacationer, whether you’re a family with little kids who love playing in the pool or a couple on their honeymoon!Check Online Availability
Corsewall Arms Guest House
Corsewall Arms Guest House is another great family-friendly choice of stay as well, whilst also being comfortably isolated from the city centre for that authentic Stranraer holiday feel. As with any good B&B, there is a healthily large selection of different breakfast items to choose from, all thanks to their regular buffet breakfast!
The rooms in this guest house have been consistently reviewed as very, very spacious. The Corsewall Arms team says themselves that they guarantee every visitor will be astounded by the amount of space in each of the guest rooms and guarantees that there will be a seating area aside from the bed in every room.
Not only does this make the B&B extremely optimal for families, but paired with the en-suite facilities, it makes it extremely easy for any visitor to feel at home.Check Online Availability
The Thistle Inn
The Thistle Inn, one of the highest-reviewed B&B’s in the area, is a great family-run place to stay in Stranraer. The Thistle Inn is synonymous with good food, great company and even greater comfort. Additionally, they provide high-speed free wifi in every room, up to the same standards as the hotels in the city centre.
If you’re a family looking to get some time away from the city life, or a recently engaged couple, the homeliness and the warmth of the Thistle Inn is a brilliant atmosphere to make some long-lasting memories in. Additionally, if you’re arriving at the B&B by car, if you notify the staff beforehand, they can guarantee you a free parking space for the duration of your stay.Check Online Availability
The Ivy House
The Ivy House is a beautiful little cross-cultural B&B that tries its best to cater to both its Northern Irish and Scottish guests as well. Being so close to the main ferry port makes it a great stopover if you’re needing somewhere to stay the night, but also a brilliant little nook for those who wish to indulge in the charm of a ferry town.
Providing a hearty breakfast for the travels ahead is included in the price of the room, and so is the great free wifi that is guaranteed in every room of the B&B. The stay is particularly highly rated by couples, so if you’re looking for a quirky romantic getaway in Stranraer, this may be the place for you.Check Online Availability
Rhins Of Galloway
Rhins Of Galloway is an outstandingly high-quality stay, ever so close to the great landmarks of Glenluce Abbey and Loch Ryan. The proximity to these locations makes it a great option for those visitors who may have never visited the South West of Scotland before and are looking to do some natural and historical sightseeing of their own.
As with all brilliant B&Bs in the Stranraer locality, this one provides a warming breakfast and will cater to any and all dietary restrictions that you may have.Check Online Availability
Cottages in Stranraer
As much as there are indeed some fantastic B&Bs in Stranraer town, there are still some vacationers who prefer the contained self-catering holiday that a cottage brings.
If this sounds like what you’re looking for, then read on to see some of the best-reviewed and highly recommended cottages and self-catering accommodations in the Stranraer locale.
Lighthouse Keeper Cottage
Lighthouse Keeper is one of the best self-catering cottages in the area. If you’re not feeling like making your own breakfast, the holiday home also has breakfast options pre-provided for your convenience. With free parking available as well, you can truly treat the Lighthouse Keeper as a second home of your own.
If you’re also working from home, there’s no need to worry about going off-grid thanks to the great high-speed free wifi provided by the cottage as well.Check Online Availability
Leafield Holiday Home
Leafield Holiday Home sleeps around 4 adults, making this a great choice for any family looking for a little self-catering getaway. With free parking, free wifi and only a 5-mile drive from the city centre of Stranraer, the Leafield Holiday Home is one of the best choices for the lowest price!
Being so close to the ferry port as well, you can very easily make a day of watching the ships and ferries come in and out with the family!Check Online Availability
Crailloch Croft is a traditionally decorated, converted inn, and has a garden of its own as well as a beautiful view of the countryside, no matter what time of day! Again, a cottage with a capacity of about four adults, this is a great stay for families and also features a sun terrace if the parents want to relax for a little bit, too.
If you’re planning on driving around, especially with the city centre being less than half an hour away, there is free parking available at the cottage too.Check Online Availability
The Stables is a slightly larger cottage than most and sleeps up to six people, making a great stay for a group of friends, or a family trip. As the name suggests, the cottage is a converted stable and is a brilliant spot for enjoying group walks in the lovely countryside, partaking in cycling trips, or enjoying a spot of golfing on the green nearby!
If you’re coming in more than one car, free parking can be arranged. Additionally, free wifi will be guaranteed in all rooms of the cottage.Check Online Availability
Lodge Cabin Farm Holiday
Lodge Cabin Farm Holiday is one of the largest self-catering options in Stranraer at a staggering 1550 square feet of space across three deluxe luxury bedrooms; allowing you to feel right at home and enjoy the fabulous surrounding views of the ports and lochs nearby.
This cabin also allows pets and provides free parking, which makes the property to feel like a second home, especially with the fitted kitchen making all the self-catering much more fun.Check Online Availability
Pottery Cottage – Lochans Lodge
Pottery Cottage is another cross-over self-catering property, with flexibility on providing breakfast from their well-renowned a la carte menu for all guests. The breakfasts are hearty and wholesome, whether the full Irish or full English, you’ll be glad that you didn’t make your own!
The property boasts two beautifully decorated bedrooms and large open bay windows to soak in the beautiful views surrounding the cottage, too.Check Online Availability