"Irish sea crossing"
Reviewed 05 September 2014 by Alastair
Excellent service, friendly and polite staff
'Alastair' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander
"Ferry Trip to Scotland"
Reviewed 01 September 2014 by Anonymous
very relaxing and pleasant. Good value
'Anonymous' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander
Reviewed 01 September 2014 by Maria Regina
Very good crossing.Good facilities for very young child.
'Maria Regina' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
"Viaggio in tutta serenità"
Reviewed 01 September 2014 by Barbara
Molto comodo, personale gentile, con ogni servizio e ottimi posti a sedere davanti all'oceano.
'Barbara' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway
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|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.