"Excellent Trip (as usual)"
Reviewed 27 June 2014 by Al
Thank you P&O for the excellent crossings between Larne and Cairnryan. As always, the Ferry left on time, the surroundings were comfortable and the staff were friendly and approachable. This time, on our return journey, the weather was fabulous with fantastic views leaving Scotland and approaching Northern Ireland. We travel often on P&O and have never had any cause for complaint. Keep up the good work!
'Al' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander
"P&O trip larne to cairnryan."
Reviewed 23 June 2014 by Roy
Excellent service from p&o especially as we had one passenger travelling who needed assistance,this was provided most courteously. Will use P&O again. One small issue regarding coffee and biscuit prices, total rip off I'm afraid,won't be using coffee bar again.
'Roy' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
"My crossing in May 2014"
Reviewed 05 June 2014 by Anonymous
Very punctual and smooth journey, ship was spotless.
'Anonymous' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
"Booked on Friday sailed on Saturday"
Reviewed 19 May 2014 by Nigel
I was responding to a family emergency and needed to book a sailing quickly. I found the booking process easy and absolutely hassle free. the crossing was comfortable, clean and enjoyable. My only qualm was price, because I booked at short notice I only had the one price and was in a take it or leave it situation. When on board I chatted with another traveller and was informed his ticket was almost £100 cheaper than mine, simply because he booked approximately two months in advance. I know its supply and demand but with a ferry only one third full I didn't think it was up to me to pay the fuel costs. I would and will travel again with P&O again but please be a bit fairer on the price.
'Nigel' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
|Belfast - Liverpool Birkenhead with Stena Line - 13 Sailings Weekly / 8 hour crossing|
|Belfast - Cairnryan with Stena Line - 5 Sailings Daily / 2 hour 22 minute crossing|
|Larne - Troon with P&O Irish Sea - 2 Sailings Daily / 2 hour 15 minute crossing|
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.
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.