Stranraer is situated in Wigtownshire in Galloway and is the gateway to the Rhinns of Galloway and for more than a century was a busy ferry port for services between south-west Scotland and Northern Ireland. The town sits at the top of Loch Ryan which is sheltered from the rough seas of the North Channel and Atlantic. The Loch has been a safe harbour for vessels since ancient times. There is a 66 berth marina which will be extended substantially over the next couple of years to 200 births.
Loch Ryan is the most southerly of all the Scottish sea lochs and is a haven for wildlife. It’s a great place to fish, birdwatch, walk, sail or just take in the view. It is also home to the famous Loch Ryan oysters which are farmed from the only wild native oysters in Scotland and highly prized worldwide.
The area around Stranraer boasts many attractions, gardens, water sports, walks, golf courses all set in beautiful rolling Galloway countryside.
SkiffieWorlds 2019 will increase the usage of local facilities and create a culture of inclusiveness and community ownership, the core objectives for organisers is to deliver a successful and internationally important event that involves and inspires the whole community and beyond. The event will create a tourism highlight that will attract visitors to Stranraer and support the economic regeneration of the whole town.