The Castle of St John, Stranraer

The Castle of St. John is a medieval tower house in the centre of Stranraer. It was built around 1500 by the Adairs of Kilhilt, one of the most powerful families in Wigtownshire. Over the centuries the Castle has been used as a home, a local court, a military garrison and a prison. Find out about the medieval landowners who built and lived in the Castle, the government troops who used the Castle as their headquarters during the Killing Times in the 1680s and the criminals and debtors imprisoned in the Castle during the 19th century.


Open Easter weekend and June to September

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 1pm, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Admission free

The castle is reached by spiral steps - please contact us for more information.

Castle of St. John
Charlotte Street,
Stranraer, DG9 7EJ

tel: 01776 705088