Stranraer (UK: /strænˈrɑːr/, in Scotland also /strənˈrɑːr/, stran-RAR; Scottish Gaelic: An t-Sròn Reamhar, pronounced [ən̪ˠ t̪ʰɾɔːn ˈɾãũ.əɾ]), also known as The Toon, is a town in the parish of Inch, Dumfries and Galloway, in the historical county of Wigtownshire in southwest Scotland. It lies on the shores of Loch Ryan, on the northern side of the isthmus joining the Rhins of Galloway to the mainland. Stranraer is Dumfries and Galloway’s second-largest town, with a population including the surrounding area of nearly 13,000.
Stranraer is an administrative centre for the West Galloway Wigtownshire area of Dumfries and Galloway. It was formerly a ferry port, connecting Scotland with Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland; the last service was transferred to nearby Cairnryan in November 2011. It lies by road 87.4 miles (141 km) south-west of Glasgow and 72.8 miles (117 km) to the west of Dumfries.
The name comes from Scottish Gaelic An t-Sròn Reamhar meaning “the broad headland”.