Larne Ferry Port
Larne ferry port offers ferries to Cairnryan in Scotland.
Catch a crossing to Larne ferry terminal on these routes:
- Cairnryan to Larne (P&O Irish Sea Ferries)
Larne Ferry Terminal Map and Directions
Address: Larne Harbour, Larne, Co. Antrim, BT40 1AW, Northern Ireland.
Larne ferry port is located in Northern Ireland and connects with Cairnryan in Scotland. A busy market town, it's a great place from which to discover County Antrim as well as the famous Causeway Coastal Route.
Getting to Larne Ferry Port
The port of Larne is situated around a 25 minute drive, North of Belfast. Take the M2 Motorway north staying in Lane 2 or 3 (of 5). After about a mile, you will pass under two fly-overs, which are an overhead interchange. Follow the motorway for a further 1/2 mile and you will notice that it appears to split into three. To your left is a tight left turning slip road, to Greencastle; straight ahead are the two lanes of the M2 which actually turn to the left before rising uphill and the two lanes to the right become the M3 and follow the shoreline of Belfast Lough. It is crucial that at this point you are in lane 2 or 3.
Follow the motorway up the hill for about 3 miles (5km), and after it levels out, you will be aware of a slip road to your left which will take you to Larne via the A8(M). Leave the M2 at this point and on the off-slip get into the right hand lane as you are approaching a roundabout type junction. The fly-over above the roundabout is the Motorway so, take the next exit from the roundabout and travel uphill and then down to another roundabout. Go straight ahead at this roundabout and follow this road until you reach Larne. As you reach Larne follow the signs towards the ferry port.
Trains operate from Larne Harbour to Belfast via Larne Town and Carrickfergus. The service is operated by Translink, visit the Translink websitefor further information.
Translink also offer a bus and coach service from the Port of Larne to a number of destinations throughout Northern Ireland and Cross Border.
Larne Ferry Port Facilities
'The Coffee Shop' café is located inside the terminal building and offers a range of hot and cold meals and snacks. There is also a newsagents selling confectionery items in addition to the usual newspapers and magazines etc.
There are dedicated car-parking spaces close to the terminal building, disabled toilet facilities and wheelchairs are available; if you require any assistance, any member of staff is trained and will be happy to help.
Parking at Larne Ferry Port
There are parking facilities for dropping off or picking up passengers, the first 20 minutes are free. 60p per hour (or part hour) up to 8 hours. £6 per day or part day thereafter. On entering the car parks, you can either press for a ticket or insert a credit or debit card.
Using the Paystations: If you press for a ticket, you will need to pay for your parking at one of the paystations are located outside the Passenger Terminal. Please note that payment using cash is not possible at the exit.
Port information is provided by Eurodrive for guidance only.
More About Larne
The Port of Larne is a deep-water port offering superb passenger and freight facilities. The passenger terminal has a café providing a wide range of freshly prepared hot and cold meals and a shop selling newspapers, sweets and gifts. The Port of Larne offers up to 7 daily sailings to Cairnryan in Scotland; over three quarters of a million passengers and more than half a million of vehicles pass through the Port of Larne each year. The town of Larne combines an historical past with modern port, shopping and leisure facilities.
The name of the town is believed to have derived from the Irish Prince, Lathar, who was granted the lands by his father in ancient times. The area became known as Lathar-na, and was finally reduced to Larne. Archaeologists have produced remains and artifacts in the area suggesting an ancient population lived close to the shores of the North Channel and traded with others around the coasts of Scotland. Nowadays the trade links still remain, as Larne is a busy market town.
Larne Shopping and Dinning
Larne offers shops ranging from large department stores to the small, family run, businesses. A popular street market is held every Wednesday morning in Larne market yard offering a variety of produce. On Fridays, a livestock market is held for the farming community. Bars, cafes and restaurants are also plentiful and within easy reach of the town centre. Several distinctive blue plaques commemorate the town's links with the USA as a result of emigration across the Atlantic, which started in the 18th century.
One of the most modern roll on/roll off ferry ports in the United Kingdom, Larne has no shortage of visitors and is an ideal base from which to explore the beautiful countryside of County Antrim.
Larne Museum, situated at the Carnegie Arts Centre, is the place to discover Larne's rich and varied past and to research family connections in the area. Carnfunnock Country Park is an extraordinary attraction that consists of country walks, a maze, a nine-hole golf course, a gift shop and coffee shop, a children's activity centre, and a camping and caravan site. Two thirds of Larne Borough has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and the unspoilt countryside and seascapes of Larne remain Larne's greatest natural asset.
The town of Larne boasts several excellent parks and recreation facilities within easy reach of the town centre. Curran Park has excellent bowling, putting and play facilities within its attractive grounds and it also offers privately operated caravan and camping facilities, convenient to the town centre. The Town Park, situated off Glenarm Road, offers excellent tennis courts, a putting green and children's playground, while the less energetic may prefer a stroll along the Bankheads. The park is close to Larne Promenade, Chaine Memorial Tower and local landmarks such as the Princess Victoria Memorial, the Clyde Valley Memorial and the William Bald Memorial, dedicated to the engineer who built the Antrim Coast Road.
An imposing statue commemorating Larne's role in the eighteenth century as a port of emigration, is situated in the town's Curran Park. Chaine Park, named in honour of James Chaine, who developed the sea route to Scotland, overlooks the North Channel and is an attractive spot from which to admire the magnificent views towards Scotland.