Cairnryan to Larne Ferry

The Cairnryan Larne ferry route connects Scotland with Northern Ireland. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, P&O Irish Sea. The crossing operates up to 49 times each week with sailing durations from around 2 hours.

Cairnryan Larne 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.

Cairnryan - Larne Ferry Operators

Average Cairnryan Larne Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Cairnryan Larne route is a car and 2 passengers.

Cairnryan Larne Ferry reviews

  • "First time in Ireland with a caravan"

    I have to say we were very apprehensive in coming to Ireland with our caravan. It was the first time we have ever been on a ferry with it and we were not sure what to expect. The experience was nothing but positive. Access to both ports Stranraer and Larne was excellent. Well signposted and the staff were so helpful at check in. Nothing was too much trouble. Accessing/exiting the ferry too was brilliant. The ferry itself and the journey again excellent. Amenities good and plenty of seating etc. The journey in both directions occurred for us on a very calm sea. The ferry was clean and well maintained. The ports also had satisfactory amenities. All in all an excellent experience. We boarded and exited exactly on time!

    'Paula' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander

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  • "Family "

    Experience was very good, I would definitely recommend and use this service again

    'Linda' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway

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  • "Trip to Larne"

    Trip to Larne with the ferryboat from Cairnryan was excellent: good weather, a ship in good condition, a good and efficient service on boat and on land, punctuality and good food on board, what do you want more!? Thanks for an enjoyable journey.

    'Jochen Gentz ' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander

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  • "Best ferry to get to Northern Ireland"

    The crossing takes about 2 hours and when we sailed it was nice and calm seas. There is a good choice of food and drink on board. The loading and unloading is very quick.

    'Peter' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander

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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.

Larne Guide

Larne is a town and seaport located in Country Antrim in Northern Ireland and lies on the western side of a narrow inlet linking Larne Lough to the sea. The port of Larne regular receives ferries from Cairnryan of Scotland, operated by P&O Irish Sea.

The area around the town has been inhabited for over a thousand years and is believed to have been one of the earliest inhabited areas in Ireland, with the settlers thought to have arrived from Scotland via the North Channel.

In Larne’s slightly more recent history, the Scots-Irish Bissett family built Olderfleet Castle at Curran Point in the 13th century and in 1315 Edward the Bruce of Scotland, who was Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland's brother, arrived in Larne with his army on his way to conquering Ireland.