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Castle of St John - Stranraer

Door open days

5 September 2020 (Virtual Opening All Day)

6 September 2020 (Virtual Opening All Day)

Dumfries and Galloway

The recently renovated Castle of St John is an early 17th century tower house.  It was built by the Adairs of Kilhilt, one of the most powerful families in late medieval Wigtownshire and used by lairds in the 16th and 17th centuries. 

Over the years it has been a family home, a courthouse and a military garrison.  In 1820 it was converted to the town jail.  The view from the roof – the prison exercise yard – takes in the whole of Loch Ryan. 

Digital Resources

Castle St John info

Excellent detail on Castle St John

Learn from a local historian about the site!

Castle St John DG Culture Page

Official DG Council page for Castle St John

DG Culture

Castle of St John Video

Emma Harper promotes Castle of St. John in Stranraer

Castle of St John Video

Key Information

Building Date: 1510

Address
  • Castle Street
  • Stranraer
  • DG9 7EJ