Larne ferry port in Northern Ireland connects you with Cairnryan in Scotland with a choice of up to 49 ferry crossings per week. The duration of the Larne to Cairnryan crossing is from 2 hours and the crossing is operated by P&O Irish Sea.
Situated on the north east coast of Northern Ireland, Larne is a coastal and industrial market town, with a population of just over 18,000 people. The only ferry route from Larne is the daily crossing to Cairnryan, which lasts around two hours.
Larne is a hotbed of natural beauty; the coastal road and Gleno Waterfall are arguably the two most popular tourist destinations belonging to the town, with views so striking that visitors often return to them a second time. Carnfun Country park also lies relatively near Larne, a popular area with caravanners due to its camping facilities and welcoming atmosphere. Carnfun isn’t the only park in the vicinity, there are several dotted around the region, perfect for a stroll in the afternoon sun.
For something a bit off the beaten track, Northern Ireland’s maze provides excellent value for money, alongside the mini-golf course, it is the perfect setting for a family day out. Those who are more interested in the history and culture of the region will either head to the famous lighthouse near the pier, or to Olderfleet castle, laying south of the harbour.
Ferries operating from Larne offer the chance for both foot passengers and passengers travelling by car to enter. For passengers hoping for a return day trip, there is a car park situated at the harbour, charging 60p per hour or £6 for the whole day. Pets are allowed only with passengers travelling by cars, and the animals have to remain in the vehicles for the entirety of the crossing.
Larne Ferry port is approximately a 25 minutes drive North of Belfast.
From Belfast: Take the M2 Motorway north staying in Lane 2 (of 5) or (if overtaking), lane 3 (of 5). After about a mile, you will pas under two flyovers, which are an overhead interchange. Follow the motorway for a further 1/2 mile and you will notice that it appears to split into three.
To your left is a tight left turning slip road, to Greencastle; straight ahead are the two lanes of the M2 which actually turn to the left before rising uphill and the two lanes to the right become the M3 and follow the shoreline of Belfast Lough. It is crucial that at this point you are in lane 2 or 3. Follow the motorway up the hill for about 3 miles (5km), and after it levels out, you will be aware of a slip road to your left which will take you to Larne via the A8 (M).
Leave the M2 at this point and on the off-slip get into the right hand lane as you are approaching a roundabout type junction. As you travel around the roundabout, you will pass under a flyover - that is the Motorway. Take the next exit from the roundabout and travel uphill and then down to another roundabout. Go straight ahead at this roundabout and follow this road until you reach Larne. As you reach Larne you will become aware of good sign posting towards the ferry port.
The Port of Larne is connected via Belfast central station to the Northern Ireland Railway network that serves all parts of Ireland.
There is a regular bus service to the ferry terminal operated by Ulster bus. For more information please call +353 2827 2345
There are short and long term car parking facilities.
Larne Harbour, Larne, County Antrim, BT40 1AW
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