Cairnryan
Belfast
Ferries to Northern Ireland
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Cairnryan to Belfast Ferry

The Cairnryan Belfast ferry route connects Scotland with Northern Ireland. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Stena Line. The crossing operates up to 35 times each week with sailing durations from around 2 hours 15 minutes.

Cairnryan Belfast sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

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Cairnryan Belfast Ferry reviews

  • "Comfortable crossing "

    Booked on board meal and was fully satisfied by range and quality. Had one free refill of coffee whilst sitting on in Taste restaurant reading my novel. Staff were friendly and interested in how I had enjoyed my meal. Made use of the reasonably priced WiFi fellow passengers were well behaved. Journey passed quickly it seemed to me. Sailing was delayed 50 minutes due to P & O being off: quite understandable.

    'Superfast VIII' travelled on Superfast VIII

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  • "Excellent trip"

    We had two very smooth crossings, even the weather was beautiful!

    'Superfast VII' travelled on Superfast VII

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  • "Plain Sailing"

    Took my car from Cairnryan to Belfast. Check-in , boarding and disembarkation was really simple and efficient. I bought a priority ticket and access to Stena Plus Lounge. Weather was good and sea conditions very calm. Great way to get myself and my car into Ireland

    'Superfast VIII' travelled on Superfast VIII

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  • "Ferry crossing "

    Great crossing as always all 5 star 

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Cairnryan Guide

Cairnryan is a Scottish port village located in Dumfries and Galloway, lying on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan. Important in maritime history, Cairnryan has two ferry terminals connecting Scotland to Northern Ireland. The first opened in 1973, originally operated by Townsend Thoresen and now by P&O Ferries, links Scotland with the port of Larne. The second Cairnryan ferry terminal is located at Old House Point, operated by Stena Line, linking to the Port of Belfast.

The village can trace its origins back to 1701 when it was established for workers employed on the Lochryan Estate which features a deer park and bowling green. Facilities in Cairnryan include the Lochryan Hotel, a few guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments, a caravan site built on the site of an old war campsite, a village shop and The Merchant's House Restaurant.


Belfast Guide

Belfast Harbour is an important seaport in the United Kingdom, with one of the leading ferry operators, Stena Line, connecting it with Liverpool and Cairnryan. You can also reach Belfast from the Isle of Man, with seasonal services provided by Steam Packet.

Belfast is Northern Ireland's capital city, surrounded by mountains creating a specific climate beneficial to horticulture. Moreover, it lies at the mouth of the River Lagan located in County Antrim, although parts of east and south Belfast are actually located in County Down. It is, then, quite a green space and offers visitors plenty of parkland and forest parks to explore from Cave Hill Country Park and Lagan Valley Regional Park to the Victorian Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city.

From an architectural perspective Belfast has some fine buildings including the Edwardian City Hall and the modern Waterfront Hall. Many of the city's Victorian landmarks, including the main Lanyon Building at Queen's University Belfast and the Linenhall Library, were designed by Sir Charles Lanyon.


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