North West Castle

Stranraer, Dumfries and GallowayStranraerDG9 8EHUnited Kingdom
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About North West Castle

Overlooking Stranraer Harbour and Loch Ryan, North West Castle is a 19th Century hotel and former home of Scottish Explorer, John Ross.

Each of the 72 en-suite guest rooms offers tea and coffee making facilities, TV, complimentary bottled water and workspace. Four-poster and family rooms are available, some boasting Loch views.

North West Castle boasts an indoor curling rink and leisure facilities including a heated pool, spa bath, sauna and gym. A games room is available for guest use with snooker, table tennis and pool tables. Free Wi-Fi is available.

A full Scottish breakfast is served daily and the two on-site restaurants offer differing dining experiences. Regency Dining Room provides a formal dining arrangement with three-course and a la carte menus available, while Alpine Restaurant offers a more informal environment.

The hotel is a three-minute walk from Stranraer High Street and a ten-minute walk from the train station and ferry port.


Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, Stranraer, DG9 8EH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1776)704413 | Fax: +44(1776)702646 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Gym
  • Hotel bar
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Laundry service
  • Lift
  • Nightclub
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Porter service
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Sauna
  • Whirlpool / Hot tub


  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot
  • Childcare / Babysitting

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Friendly, helpful staff.

Most guests find the staff attitude at North West Castle refreshing; the vast majority seem genuinely happy to be at work and go out of their way to ensure guests enjoy their stay. The team are friendly, helpful and happy to share details of the hotels fascinating history.

Something for everyone.

The leisure facilities at the hotel are vast and there is something for everyone; a games room with toys suitable for toddlers, older children and, with snooker and pool tables, adults to boot. There are comfy guest lounges, a heated pool with sauna, Jacuzzi and a small, yet well-equipped, gym.

Location, location, location.

With its close proximity to Stranraer Town Centre, ease of access to transport links- with the train station and ferry port nearby, North West Castle is a popular choice for those looking to explore the local area. There is plenty of parking on-site.

Negative Reviews

Dated inside and out.

For some, the old-fashioned décor goes hand-in-hand with the history of the building. Others, however, suggest that the interior is dated as opposed to charming, and few can find a reason for the slight musty odour.

Slow going.

Service is excellent but, as both restaurants are popular with guests and locals alike, can be slow during busy periods. Previous guests suggest booking outside peak times.

Too hot for comfort.

Some previous guests have suggested that the rooms at North West Castle can be too warm to be comfortable; particularly during Summer. There is no air conditioning in the hotel so you'll have to make do with opening a window or two.

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