Rhins of Galloway

Cairnryan Ferries B&B


A77 Coastal Road, Cairnryan, Stranraer, DG9 8QU

Telephone 01581 200294













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Loch Ryan Ferries

Ferry services connect Loch Ryan in Scotland with Northern Ireland


Stena Line operate from North Cairnryan to Belfast (see blue route on map to left)


P&O operate from South Cairnryan to Larne (see purple route on map to left)


Both services allow for all year round travel to Belfast city centre within around 3 hours.


Rhins of Galloway is marked by the blue rectangle & arrow, on the map to left. A one minute drive away from the P&O Cairnryan ferry terminal and two minutes from the new Stena Line Cairnryan terminal, we are ideally located for the ferry services to Northern Ireland.










This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office (press More Details for a detailed page showing gusts as well as wind speed, an important factor in the sailings)



Ferry updates, problems & delays






Updates provided by tweets (tweets for Cairnryan to Larne are combined with other P&O ferry services)


Stena Line

Worth checking on both the Cairnryan to Belfast update,. and the Belfast to Cairnryan update as these frequently have different levels of information.





You can also keep a check on the progress of ships using AIS (Automatic Identification System), such as http://www.marinetraffic.com or http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?map=Belfast-Stranraer


The same site allows you to check position of a specific craft:

Stena Superfast VII http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=235089435

Stena Superfast VIII http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=235089436

P&O European Causeway http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=311027000

P&O European Highlander http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=311404000



Location of ports & distances between




The Stena Line port at Cairnryan and the P&O port at Cairnryan are just 1 mile (2 minutes by car) apart.

Northern Ireland

The Stena Line port at Belfast and the P&O port at Larne are 21 miles (26 minutes by car).

(Full address details are given at bottom of page)



Journey duration



Cairnryan to Larne ferry crossing takes around 2 hours  for the Superferry, and 1 hour for the Express fastcraft (http://www.poirishsea.com/passenger/timetables.htm). It takes around 20 minutes to disembark

If travelling into the centre of Belfast, it will take around 30 minutes to travel the 22 miles from Larne ferry terminal to Belfast city centre (for full directions, specify "BT40 1" as start destination and Belfast as end destination to http://www.mapquest.co.uk/mq/directions/mapbydirection.do).

Stena Line

Cairnryan to Belfast journey takes around 2 hours for the Superferry (http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/fares-and-timetables/). It takes around 20 minutes to disembark

If travelling into the centre of Belfast, it will take around 8 minutes to travel the 4 miles from Victoria Terminal 4, to Belfast City Centre.



Ferry schedules



Stena Line







Ferry Day trips


There are also day trips using the local ferry services to Northern Ireland - these include Giants Causeway, The Tall Ships festival, the Garden Show at Hillsborough Castle, the Belfast Wheel and many more





Feeling festive? How about the Christmas Lunch Cruise, with Stena Line, leaving Stranraer at 14:20, and returning to Stranraer at 19:20 - around 14 per adult http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/day-trips/daytrip-christmas-lunch-cruise/.


Ferry Port Details


Cairnryan (P&O)

P&O Irish Sea, The Port, Cairnryan, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8RF, Scotland

Tel: 0870 242 4777

Stranraer (Stena Line)

Stena Line, Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9 7RA, Scotland, UK

Tel: 0870 575 5755

Larne (P&O)

Olderfleet Rd, Larne, BT40 1

Belfast (Stena Line)

Victoria Terminal 4, West Bank Road, Belfast, BT3 9JL

Tel: 0870 520 4204‎





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