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Castle Of St John, Stranraer

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The Castle of St. John is an early 16th-century L-plan tower house in the centre of Stranraer, in Dumfries and Galloway, southwest Scotland. It was built by the Adairs of Kilhilt c.1510. It has been used as a home, a court, a prison, and as a military garrison during the \"Killing Times\" of Covenanter persecution in the 1680s. The castle was refurbished in the late 1980s and is now a museum.
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  • Must visit......its free. Been in a few times over the years just to donate some money to help the running cost.  more »
  • It is only open for 2 months mid-summer, missing out all the tourists who would go in if only for a warm dry place of interest.  more »
  • This was just a walk by as I have been in Stranraer frequently before and walked on past. The Tower is in the centre of the town and just looks like an old keep pretty ambiguous. The visit was purely ...  more »