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About Stranraer Ferry
Stranraer is the largest settlement in south west Scotland. It lies at the head of Loch Ryan, on the north side of the neck of land that prevents the Rhins
of Galloway becoming an island. Just over the Border from England and less than two hours drive from Glasgow, the ferry port of Stranraer is Scotland's
gateway to Ireland - only 90 minutes away by fast ferry
It was only in the mid 1700s that a harbour was first built in Stranraer itself, and further port development took place in the 1820s. But it was the coming of the railway from Dumfries in 1861 which finally established Stranraer as the area's main port. In 1862 the line was extended to serve the harbour directly, and in the same year a link to Portpatrick was also opened. Some time later a rail connection north to Girvan was established. For much of the following 150 years Stranraer was unchallenged as the natural location for the main Scottish port for the Irish ferries. Roll-on roll-off ferries appeared on the Irish routes well ahead of elsewhere in the UK.
Stena Line operates two types of ferry between Stranraer and Belfast: - The "Stena Voyager" is a high speed catamaran which travels at 40 knots. It is 127 metres long and is propelled by waterjets. Stena Voyager carries up to 1,500 passengers and 350 cars from Stranraer port to Belfast port in only 105 minutes. - The "Stena Caledonia" and "Stena Galloway" are multi-purpose propeller driven ferries, carrying 1,000 passengers and 285 cars each, at around 19 knots making the Stranraer to Belfast ferry crossing in about 3 hours.
The East Pier of the Stena Line Ferry terminal is where the boats leave for Belfast from and there is a train station right next to the terminal. The bus station is on Port Rodie. The West Pier is where the fast HSS Catamarans leave for Belfast from. It is the other side of the harbour from the East pier obviously, but it's still important to know which is which. Should you be taking the P&O Irish Sea ferry back and forth from Larne you will be going to the port of Cairnryan, which is 5 miles north of Stranraer. However, you should note that there are only infrequent bus services from Cairnryan to Stranraer and the buses are not integrated with the times of the ferries
Arriving by car
three major road routes link us to the North of England and Central Scotland. Dumfries and Galloway is just a three hour drive along the M6 from Manchester. Join the M6 from Leeds or Hull by starting on the M62. Coming from London? Take the M1 and join the M6 for a seven hour trip. Once in Dumfries and Galloway, take the A75 west to reach the Stranraer, Portpatrick and Cairnryan area. If coming from the North west take the A77 south.
Arriving by rail
from Glasgow, Scotrail will take you to Stranraer. The following rail sites will give you further information:
- The TrainLine
Arriving by air
Glasgow airport is within a two-hour drive of the area and Prestwick is even closer
Arriving by bus
there are regular buses into the area, for more information visit:
- The Traveline Scotland
- Citylink Coaches (within Scotland)
- National Express (UK wide)
Alternative Ferry Routes
- Cairnryan to Larne, operated by P&O Irish Sea ferries
- Troon to Belfast, operated by Seacat ferries
- Troon to Larne, operated by P&O Irish Sea ferries