Cairnryan is now the main ferry port for travel between Scotland and Northern Ireland after Stena Line moved their Stranraer ferry to Cairnryan in 2012. There are up to 13 sailings each day from Cairnryan to either Belfast or Larne in Northern Ireland.
All Ferries from Cairnryan
Prices are generally similar on both these routes, so your final destination may be your deciding factor. The Stena Line ships are the biggest and newest ships operating on the Irish sea, so this may sway you towards the Cairnryan to Belfast ferry. However the P&O ferries Cairnryan to Larne ferry is a shorter crossing and the quickest crossing is the fast ferry that sails in the summer(April to September) months.
The Troon to Larne ferry that was operated by P&O Ferries closed in September 2015.
Where ever your final destination is in Ireland, all the ferries offer you a great service with easy access to motorway network.
The village of Cairnryan is quite small with only a shop and a couple of bed & breakfasts. The Loch Ryan Port, from which Stena Line sails to Belfast is a couple of minutes north of Cairnryan and the P&O ferry terminal is a minute south. However the two ports are only a short distance from the town of Stranraer (approximately a 10 minute drive south). Stranraer offers a number of hotels, guest houses, bed & breakfasts plus plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and petrol stations.