"An excellent journey"
Reviewed 26 October 2014 by Anne
The trip from Stranraer to Larne and back was very well organised - speedy boarding and disembarking. The staff were very helpful and courteous and the food service was good. Seats were comfortable - we would definitely travel this way again
'Anne' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on Express
Reviewed 25 October 2014 by Alasdair
We enjoyed our ferry crossing fro Cairnryan to Larne. We checked in quickly and passed through security efficiently. The toilets at the terminal building were clean. Only tea and coffee available was from a machine. The vehicles were loaded quickly onto the boat and all staff were friendly and efficient. There is a lift if needed. Small shop, cafeteria type eatery and a bar selling Starbucks coffee. Seats were comfortable with a lovely view out the front of the ferry. Toilets were clean. Took 2hours. We all enjoyed travelling with P&O and would travel with them again.
'Alasdair' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
"Complaint's " Nil ""
Reviewed 21 October 2014 by James
Very good trip over all, could find nothing to complain about. I like to get from A to B with as little fuss as possible.
'James' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
"Fast and easy"
Reviewed 21 October 2014 by BMRCampbell
We were surprised how quickly the journey passed. The ship was packed full on the way over so there was a slight delay in setting off. However it arrived on time. On our return journey there was no delay and we had time to enjoy very nice coffee and cakes in the lounge before being sent down to the car deck. The ship was clean and tidy throughout . Overall a pleasant and trouble free journey.
'BMRCampbell' 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.