"THANKS FOR A GREAT TRIP"
Reviewed 30 June 2014 by William Mackay
Using the ferry enabled us to have an enjoyable weekend with sailing times suitable to the activities we were attending. All the people involved were pleasant and reduced the stress that travelers have. All scheduled times achieved. Well done
'William Mackay' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander
"Cairnryan to Larne"
Reviewed 23 June 2014 by David Ferguson
My family and I enjoyed our experience travelling from Cairnryan to Larne and back. The ship was clean, and the facilities very good. The family room was a great way to entertain two small children. I would recommend a soft play area on board the ship, provided that this could be accommodated from a health and safety perspective. I would rate the whole experience at 8/10. David Ferguson
'David Ferguson' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
"Northern Ireland Ferry"
Reviewed 23 June 2014 by John
Direct Ferries provided a fast and efficient service between Cairnryan and Larne, with entry to the ship particularly trouble free. I have no hesitation in recommending the service to other travellers.
'John' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
"First time ferry on this route"
Reviewed 21 June 2014 by Marion Barron
Good experience. On time, accommodation on board was good, staff friendly. Would have liked comparable facilities at Larne to those at Cairnryan.
'Marion Barron' travelled Cairnryan Larne with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander
Cairnryan is a linear settlement looking across the main A77 road to Loch Ryan. It was established as Lochryan by 1701 when Lochryan House was built at the northern end of today's village. The house was remodelled in the 1820s and the imposing structure just visible from the main road today was the result. During the Second World War, Cairnryan became No.2 Military Port, and three harbour piers and a military railway linking the village with nearby Stranraer were built by the army. Thousands of troops were based locally in military camps. At the end of the war the Atlantic U-Boat fleet surrendered in Loch Ryan and were anchored here before being towed to sea and sunk. Ship breaking became the main industry; the great British aircraft carriers Centaur, and most famously the Ark Royal were all sent here for decommissioning. As recently as 1990, Russian submarines have been dismantled here for scrap.
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.