Accomodation near Larne Harbour

Accomodation near Larne Harbour

If you are getting the Ferry into Larne from Scotland and you need accomodation near Larne Harbour, Ballygally Holiday Apartments is just a few minutes drive up the stunning Antrim coast. Wether your plan is to stay in the area or travel on up or down the coast you couldn’t get a more scenic and comfortable place to spend your stay.

Larne ferry port is located in Northern Ireland roughly 45 minutes by car north of Belfast. Larne connects Northern Ireland with Scotland via the ferry service to Cairnryan. The crossing between Larne and Cairnryan (by Stranraer) on the Irish Sea is ideal if you are traveling from or to Glasgow or Edinburgh in Scotland.

The crossing to Cairnryan is operated by P&O Ferries and with a sailing time of only 2 hours, it is the fastest connection between Great Britain and Ireland. The service is offered on a schedule of 7 sailings a day. On this route you can travel with your car or as foot passenger.

By the beginning of the new Millennium, the Port of Larne was among the busiest on the Irish Sea. The RO/RO facilities dealt with a wide variety of shipping including the most modern high-speed ferries and the port also had the capacity to handle a large range of bulk and general cargo.

At the Port of Cairnryan, splendid new terminal facilities costing £4.5m was opened in April 1999. These included separate reception areas for tourist and freight traffic, new booking and information offices, a baggage-handling area and facilities for children and the disabled travellers.

The continued commercial confidence at Larne was underlined by significant additions to the shipping fleet. In February 1999, P&O announced an order for European Causeway, a new 21,000 tonne passenger and freight ferry from Mitsubishi of Japan, which came into service in August 2000. The luxurious new vessel with a top speed of 23 knots was designed to reduce the travelling time on the conventional ferry to Cairnryan to just 105 minutes a reduction of 25% on the time taken by the older vessels. A sister ship European Highlander with similarly luxurious facilities and high technology features went into service in July 2002.

The competitive edge to modern ferry travel from Larne had been sharpened some three years earlier with the introduction of the powerful P&O Jetliner, a high-speed ferry with an operating speed of 32 knots. This reduced the Larne-Cairnryan crossing to just one hour, the fastest on the Irish Sea. In Spring 2000, the Jetliner was superseded by the larger and more luxurious Superstar Express.

The Port of Larne has developed dramatically since it’s origin in the mists of time. It had risen to the commercial challenges of succeeding centuries, survived the trauma of two World Wars and positioned itself to take advantage of the latest technological developments in the world of shipping and freight to gain a deserved reputation as the premier Port in Ireland.

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