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.

Route and port details

Cairnryan to Larne Ferry Alternatives

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Scotland to Northern Ireland page.

Cairnryan - Larne Ferry Operators

  • P&O Irish Sea
    • 7 Sailings Daily 2 hr
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Cairnryan Larne Average 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

  • "Cairnryan to Larne"

    This was my first journey travelling Club Class and it was excellent. So comfortable and facilities available were very good. The Steward on duty was most helpful and nothing was too much trouble for him. First-rate. My next crossing in May will definitely be with P & O. Thank you for an extremely pleasant journey.

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

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  • "Good journey - comfortable and on time"

    The ferry crossings between Northern Ireland and Cairnryan were on time and easy to use. The booking with Direct Ferries worked out well. We travelled with friends who booked the P&O Ferry through the ferry company. Ours via Direct Ferries was around 20% cheaper which is a large difference when we all travelled on the same ferries at the same time etc.

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

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  • "Coffee"

    Only thing that was off putting was the cost of coffee.Apart from that a very enjoyable experience

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

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  • "Fishing trip"

    My recent trip to Eire was on time and trouble free.When I unexpectedly had to change my sailing time the staff were very helpful.

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

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Cairnryan Guide

The Scottish village of Cairnryan is located in Dumfries and Galloway and lies on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan. 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 the village include the Lochryan Hotel, a few guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments, a caravan site built on the site of an old war camp site, a village shop and a restaurant, The Merchant's House Restaurant.

The village is important in maritime history, with a ferry service connecting Scotland and Northern Ireland. The village 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 at Old House Point is operated by Stena Line linking to the Port of Belfast in Belfast.

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. A peninsular named Islandmagee is to the eastern side of the inlet and to the west is the ancient volcanic formation of Antrim Plateau which has lovely valleys that slope down to the sea to the north of Larne, in the Glens of Antrim.

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. The early inhabitants are thought to have arrived in Ireland from Scotland via the North Channel. In the town'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. Edward saw Ireland as another front in the continuing war against England which was ruled by the Normans.

Ferries sail from the harbour to Cairnryan and Troon in Scotland.