Secret Stranraer Tour
Hidden history and haunting tales at Stranraer Castle
Next Tour: Saturday 15th September at 6pm & 8:30pm
The Castle of St John sets the scene for our atmospheric new storytelling tour – Secret Stranraer. The tour launched as part of the first ever Stranraer Oyster Festival and following its success, we’re thrilled to be continuing the tours, giving guests the chance to explore the town’s fascinating past and that of nearby areas, including: Glenluce, Leswalt and Portpatrick.
We love Stranraer and for a long time now, have been keen to branch out west and create something a wee bit different for locals and visitors alike. The research process has been gripping and we’ve discovered some intriguing tales, old and new, to share with guests.
Let us welcome you this remarkable 500-year-old building, where we’ll unearth its past lives, revealing a collection of curious and thought-provoking stories. The tour will feature everything from crime and justice to poltergeist activity, and a glimpse into a dark period known as The Killing Times.
So do any ghosts reside within the castle’s ancient walls? Stranraer Castle isn’t widely known as a haunted hotspot, in fact we chose it for its beauty, atmosphere and history. However, some strange reports have come to light and Castle Guide Laura Humes got quite a surprise on the opening night when someone (or something!) whispered in her ear…
With such an evocative backdrop and our own dramatic interpretations of the castle’s key roles and events, we hope hope to raise the profile of the local area, encouraging visitors to explore Wigtownshire and The Rhinns.
We’re proud to be working in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Museum Services and look forward to many more exciting times ahead!
Sharing her views on our new venture, Becky Toon of Stranraer Oyster Festival said: “The Secret Stranraer tour is a great addition to the first Stranraer Oyster Festival and we are delighted to be working with the Mostly Ghostly team, one of several festival partners who are adding to the rich programme of events and activities taking place over the weekend. For anyone who is interested in finding out more about Stranraer’s secret past, this event is a must!”
Adults – £10, Children (aged 16 and under) and Concessions – £8, Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children £28
Age guide: 8 years and above
Mobility: There are some steep narrow stairs within the castle and uneven areas, therefore mobility is restricted. Please contact us for full details.