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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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  • We enjoyed visiting this old castle which was a prison at one time. Great view from the top. Free entry. 
  • Medieval castle towers over the small houses in the Centre of Stranraer. It is a high rectangular building of roughly cut stone with small Windows. It was once the home and fortress of a rich landowner. In the 19th century there was the prison. Now it is a museum where you can see how the history of the Castle and the town of Stranraer and the surrounding towns (Portpatrick, etc.).
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  • If nothing else, it's worth a climb up the tower for the views around the surrounding area. Although some care needed if you struggle up stairs.