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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 135 fun things to do in Stranraer for you and the family to discover, including beaches, museums and art galleries and indoor and soft play areas. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 69 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Stranraer day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Stranraer with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

Find your perfect day out

Ryan Leisure Centre

  • Stranraer
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

As well as a 25m swimming pool they also have fantastic family leisure waters centred around the terrific 60m flume slide!, water features and inflat...

Agnew Park

  • Stranraer
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Agnew Park offers a fantastic day out for the all ages, starting with a miniature railway that takes you on a full tour of the park so you can see wh...

Castle Kennedy Gardens

  • Stranraer
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Castle Kennedy Gardens are 75 acres of dramatic lochs, wild rambles and local wildlife, and all in the ruins of this once magnificent castle.   The g...

Portpatrick Beach

  • Stranraer
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Got little explorers? Head down to Portpatrick Beach in South Scotland, a little sandy beach that’s got all sorts of fun things to explore and discov...

Logan Botanic Garden

  • Stranraer
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Logan lies at the south-western tip of Scotland, and it is unrivalled as the country's most exotic garden. Wonder at the groves of eucalypts and at t...

Drummore Beach

  • Stranraer
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Drummore Beach in South Scotland, a lovely sandy beach that’s perfect for a relaxing family day out.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised by...

7stanes Glentrool

  • Newton Stewart
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

7stanes Glentrool is a mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre and local bike hire. Set in...

Monreith Animal Park1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Newton Stewart
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Monreith Animal Park has animals for all tastes from the cute and cuddly to the big and ugly! Their range of pleasingly recognisable animals include...



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Girvan Beach

  • Barr
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Girvan Beach, a popular sandy beach that’s perfect for little explorers to go on a seaside adventure.  Don’t forget to bring along your...

Kirroughtree Visitor Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Dumfries
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Come and see how artists have been inspired by Galloway Forest Park! The sculptures are found throughout the park and are waiting to be discovered; s...

7stanes Kirroughtree

  • Newton Stewart
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

7stanes Kirroughtree was Winner of the MBR Trail of the Year in 2010, and is also a favourite family venue with a wide range of trails, a seasonal ca...

Creetown Gem Rock Museum

  • Newton Stewart
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Creetown Gem Rock Museum is the leading independent museum of its kind in the UK and is renowned worldwide. Owned and run by the Stephenson famil...

Whithorn Cradle of Christianity

  • Newton Stewart
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Whithorn Cradle of Christianity Founded by St. Ninian in the 5th century this is the site of the first Christian church in Scotland, later becoming t...

Drumawhey Junction

  • Donaghadee
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The Belfast and Co. Down Miniature Railway Society was established in 1991 by a group of enthusiastic miniature railway fans and it's still going str...

Garlieston Beach and Wigtown Bay

  • Newton Stewart
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Garlieston Beach and Wigtown Bay plus Rigg Bay also known as Cruggleton Bay are all set within the vast grounds of Galloway House and Gardens. The bu...

Cockle Row Cottages

  • Groomsport
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Cockle Row Cottages These lovingly restored fisherman's cottages have Guided Tours Available to explore their rich maritime heritage and history, whe...

Turnberry Beach

  • Turnberry
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a dog friendly beach in South Scotland? We’ve got you covered! Head down to Turnberry Beach, where your 4-legged members of the family ar...

Laggan Outdoor

  • Castle Douglas
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

If your little action stars can’t sit still, they don’t have to with zip wires, waterballing and grass sledging! Laggan Outdoor is the fitness kick f...

Pickie Family Fun Park

  • Bangor
  • Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

This is Northern Ireland's favourite venue for people of all ages to enjoy traditional seaside fun and games and there's more on offer than ever befo...

Bangor Aurora

  • Bangor
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Bangor Aurora, a multi million leisure facility at the site of the Valentines Playing Fields, offers plenty of opportunites for aquatic fun for the w...

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