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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 42 times each week with a sailing duration 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 to Larne is the fastest ferry route from Scotland to Northern Ireland. The distance between Cairnryan port and Larne port is approximately 32 miles.

Cairnryan port is a small port situated in the north west of Scotland and is easy to travel to from via motorway or A road from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Larne is 23 miles south of Belfast which is around a 25 minute drive. Translink buses operate from the port to a variety of destinations and Translink trains operate from Larne Harbour to Belfast and Carrickfergus.

You can travel as a foot passenger and with a vehicle on the Cairnryan to Larne ferry route with Stenaline and P&O Irish Sea.

Is there duty free on Cairnryan to Larne ferry? Yes, you will be able to shop and enjoy World Duty Free prices onboard the ferry.

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Cairnryan Larne Ferry reviews

  • "Tragedy for loyal staff"

    The staff were excellent and professional. Many I noticed went the extra mile and the captain on both ships great communicators. Tragically they may have list their jobs through the greed of the ships owners. I certainly do not plan to travel with p&o if at all possible for future journeys. Better to pay a little more and have staff appreciated. A sad day 

    'European Highlander' travelled on European Highlander

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  • "Adversity "

    Despite the awful conditions the ship sailed. This was due to the recent storms. The crossing was smooth, staff helpful and the food was lovely. I would recommend this crossing all the time.

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  • "Last min booking "

    Outgoing & return, every encounter with a member of staff was first class. Polite, professional, booking agent on counter, two G4s staff, catering manager…I will stop there, this was a humble, respectful crew, regardless of their position.

    'European Highlander' travelled on European Highlander

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  • "Not given updated information"

    Travelled with P&O via Direct Ferries on arriving at Cairnryan for a 11am sailing we were informed that the sailing was not happening and we would be on the 12 midday sailing, Direct Ferries didn't update us with the information , we were informed that P & O had advised them to inform all customers but this didn't happen apart from that the outward sailing was fine, return journey was delayed due to a problem with the ferry but were fully updated at the port.

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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.

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