At it’s closest point, just 12 miles seperate Scotland & Northern Ireland, so it won’t be surprise that it is one of the busiest ferry routes anywhere in the UK. Currently there are up 14 daily sailings from Scotland to Northern Ireland. Unfortunately there are no direct ferries from Scotland to the Republic of Ireland, the closest ferry from Scotland is from Liverpool to Dublin
The village of Cairnryan in Scotland with it’s deep water port is now the only departure point for ferries to Northern Ireland. You can choose to sail to either Belfast with Stena Line or Larne with P&O Ferries. The Troon to Larne ferry that was operated by P&O Ferries closed in September 2015.
In 2012 sailings from Stranraer in Scotland to Northern ireland ended. It was the end of an historical link that had lasted for around 150 years. The new larger ferries that were needed to make ferry travel more econimacal could not handle the shallow waters in and around the port of Stranraer.
The only other ferry to Northern Ireland from Mainlain Britain is the sailing from Liverpool to Belfast.
Choosing your ferry may come down to where you are traveling to in Ireland. If you are taking your car then both Belfast and Larne offer good access to the motorway network, so getting anywhere should not be a problem.
Ferries to Republic of Ireland
Ireland is full of inspirational locations, stunning landscapes and the friendliest of welcomes. Discover the unique stories from Saint Patrick to Titanic, from the Giant’s Causeway to the Mountains of Mourne and the Walled City of Derry. Plan your trip to Ireland today, take your car over on the ferry and go further in to this great country.