"Fast, punctual crossing"
Reviewed 12 August 2014 by SJC
Fast efficient crossing. Only downside for me was the terrible film being screened in the front of the area we were sitting ("Pitch Perfect" I think?). But I managed to zone out from it after a while.
'SJC' travelled Troon Larne with P&O Irish Sea on Express
"Troon to Larne P&O Ferry"
Reviewed 11 August 2014 by James
The trip was very smooth and enjoyable, food was excellent and staff were very friendly and efficient. The crossing however is advertised as taking one hour fifty minutes. It left Troon 15 minutes late and took 2 hours 15 minutes. It left larne 5 minutes early and took 2 hours 15 minutes. Need to update the crossing time. I also felt it was a bit to expensive for the crossing at £337 return for a small car and two passengers. I will use it again though but would go more often if it was cheaper.
'James' travelled Troon Larne with P&O Irish Sea on Express
"Troon to Larne ferry crossing"
Reviewed 10 August 2014 by Robert
Recently took ferry crossing & found it very good Well organised &good facilities Went club class which gives you free coffee tea & snacks
'Robert' travelled Troon Larne with P&O Irish Sea on Express
Reviewed 07 August 2014 by John
Very reliable experience. Prompt efficient boarding. Good space for vehicles. Great facilities on board. Smooth sailing even on a windy and rainy return. Troon is a great addition to those in the central belt for crossing. Would use this crossing again.
'John' travelled Troon Larne with P&O Irish Sea on Express
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The name of Troon is synonymous with golf. The town is home to the Royal Troon Golf Club, which is home to two of the six golf courses which together entirely surround Troon. The others are the Kilmarnock Club plus three municipal courses, including two of championship standard. The actual name "Troon" has nothing to do with Scotland's national game. Instead it comes from "Trwyn", Celtic for headland or point. Which is a fair name for the rocky nose on which much of the earlier part of the town is built, projecting from the broad sandy bays to the north and south. Troon harbour played a notable part in the development of the town for many years. It was home to the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, which constructed many vessels for worldwide customers but mainly small passenger and various merchant vessels. The fishing fleet from Ayr moved to Troon harbour and a revitalisation of the abandoned section of the harbour started.
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.