Reviewed 14 September 2014 by Mark
From beginning to end our experience with Directferries was superb. Booking was straight forward. P & O Irish Sea was extremely professional boarding was easy as was disembarking. Sailed on time. Facilities on board great, catering good - reasonably priced although if i was traveling with children/teenagers i would make sure i had snacks/drinks with me. Would definitely use this ferry again.
'Mark' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
Reviewed 06 September 2014 by Yvonne
We had a great crossing between cairnryan and larne. As always staff are great and its always clean and great food served. I have been traverling on this route for the last 8 years and never had any complaint.
'Yvonne' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
"ferry accross the Irish sea"
Reviewed 04 September 2014 by Michael
We had a really enjoyable experience on the P&O ferry from cairnryan to Larne in august 2014. We had a lovely full breakfast. the staff where polite and friendly. we were on the 7.30am to ireland. it was a really smooth crossing with no delays etc. travelling with our motorhome was no problem. we where guided nicely aboard and off. Just a nice trip in all with our 2 pet dogs. would recommend to anyone this route. had a nice time in ireland for a break. returning was just the same experience. nice staff at both ends.
'Michael' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
Reviewed 03 September 2014 by Moira
Booking was easy. Booked club class and it was well worth it. Had a peaceful journey with plenty of drinks and snacks on hand. Thanks for making the start of a busy holiday a lot less stressful .
'Moira' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
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Cairnryan is a linear settlement looking across the main A77 road to Loch Ryan. It was established as Lochryan by 1701 when Lochryan House was built at the northern end of today's village. The house was remodelled in the 1820s and the imposing structure just visible from the main road today was the result. During the Second World War, Cairnryan became No.2 Military Port, and three harbour piers and a military railway linking the village with nearby Stranraer were built by the army. Thousands of troops were based locally in military camps. At the end of the war the Atlantic U-Boat fleet surrendered in Loch Ryan and were anchored here before being towed to sea and sunk. Ship breaking became the main industry; the great British aircraft carriers Centaur, and most famously the Ark Royal were all sent here for decommissioning. As recently as 1990, Russian submarines have been dismantled here for scrap.
The name of the town is believed to have derived from the Irish Prince, Lathar who owned the lands around Larne in ancient times. The area became known as Lathar-na, and was finally shortened to Larne. Both fossils and prehistoric human artefacts have been found in the sea cliffs. Larne was one of the earliest Viking settlements in Ireland, who also called it "Ulfreksfjord" (the name of the present-day townland, "Olderfleet", is derived from this Viking name), and Viking burial sites have been discovered in the area. Norse pirates used Larne Lough as a base in the tenth and eleventh centuries; Edward Bruce, brother of Robert, landed here in 1315 with a force of six thousand men to urge the Irish to overthrow the English; and in 1914, the Ulster Volunteers, opposed to the Irish Home Rule Bill, landed German arms here.
Today, Larne is a busy market town.