Stranraer (UKstrænˈrɑ:r , in Scotland also strən'- ; An t-Sròn Reamhar ən̪ˠ t̪ʰɾɔːn ˈɾãũ.əɾ), also known as The Toon, is a town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It is located in the historical parish of Inch in the historic county of Wigtownshire. 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 immediate surrounding area of nearly 13,000 inhabitants.
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 southwest of Glasgow, miles southwest of Ayr and to the west of Dumfries.
The name comes from Scottish Gaelic An t-Sròn Reamhar meaning "the broad headland" or "the fat nose".