"P&O crew and staff"
Reviewed 23 July 2014 by John Dean
From the moment we arrived at the ferry port the staff and crew were very friendly and very helpful . Excellent service thankyou
'John Dean' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander
"Seating problems on the ferry"
Reviewed 19 July 2014 by Johanna Christina Margaretha
In general a positive experience. The only thing that caused a lot of frustration was the seating. Despite requests to people not to occupy seats with their luggage, this was a big problem!! Maybe it will be a good idea to put up big signboards in this regard as the seating is limited and people keep seats for other "roaming passengers" who NEVER returned to their "reserved" seats, keeping it from being used by passengers who really needed to sit down.
'Johanna Christina Margaretha' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
Reviewed 17 July 2014 by Anonymous
'Anonymous' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
Reviewed 14 July 2014 by John
Love this boat // Great for families with kids // So stress free compared to flying :)
'John' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander
|Belfast - Liverpool Birkenhead with Stena Line - 13 Sailings Weekly / 8 hour crossing|
|Belfast - Cairnryan with Stena Line - 5 Sailings Daily / 2 hour 22 minute crossing|
|Larne - Troon with P&O Irish Sea - 14 Sailings Weekly / 2 hour 15 minute crossing|
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.
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.