Scotland’s First Oyster Festival

Stranraer, in South West Scotland, is stunningly situated, around the sweeping bay at the head of Loch Ryan with beautiful views to  distant Ailsa Craig, and beyond to the Irish Sea.

The Stranraer Oyster Festival 2017 was inspired by the annual September harvesting of Loch Ryan’s unique Scottish native oysters and was initiated by The Stranraer Development Trust.

Stranraer businessman and Trust chairman Romano Petrucci extends a warm welcome to all, inviting everyone to come to Stranraer from the 15th – 17th  September and have a truly fabulous weekend.  He says:

“We wanted to devise a festival that would involve and inspire our whole town, while creating a late summer tourism highlight to attract and welcome visitors to Stranraer.  Food tourism is one of the fastest growing tourism sectors in the UK.  Stranraer’s heritage means the town is perfectly placed to capitalise on this growing interest in themed food festivals.  By organising a festival that showcases the stunning beauty of Loch Ryan, its picturesque harbour and marina, the unique seafood that we harvest from the Loch and the warmth of the people of Stranraer we are looking forward to showing off our beautiful town to the world.

“Oysters might be considered a luxury food, but oyster festivals are not elitist.  Oyster festivals take the oyster as a focal point and then create a celebration of local food and local culture involving everyone in the local community who wants to take part, volunteer or just come along. That’s what we’ve done with this new festival, and for visitors who don’t want to try a Loch Ryan Oyster (come on we dare you!) we’ll have plenty of ice cream in wafer and chocolate ‘oyster shells,’ for people to indulge in a vintage seaside favourite!

“We look forward to seeing you in Stranraer.”

Romano Petrucci