By sea

Travel from Ireland to Scotland by ferry


Travelling by ferry from the major ports of Belfast and Larne to Cairnryan or Troon in the southwest of Scotland is a popular option for visitors from Ireland. The ferries on these routes are modern and well-equipped and sail several times daily. Crossing times are between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the route and service.

The port of Troon in Ayrshire is approximately 35 miles from Glasgow while Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan in Dumfries & Galloway is around 80 miles away. Both enjoy good road, rail and bus links with Glasgow.

From Belfast

Cairnryan: Stena Line 

Travel on the biggest ferries ever to sail between Northern Ireland and Scotland, Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII. These sister ships travel from Belfast to Cairnryan in a crossing time from only 2 hours 15 minutes with a choice of up to 6 daily crossings.

From Larne

Cairnryan: P&O Ferries

The Superferries will glide you you across the sea, giving you lots of time to visit all your favourite places.  With no airport queues or baggage restrictions, why would you want to travel any other way? It's so simple - just drive on and enjoy yourself while they take you across the Irish Sea.

With up to 9 sailings a day on the shortest, fastest most frequent crossing, travelling to Scotland has never been easier.

Travel to Scotland from overseas

Travelling to Scotland by ferry is also a popular option from a number of European countries. Direct routes to Scottish ports operate from Ireland, while ferries also run from the Netherlands to Hull in the north east of England, around four hours drive from the Scottish border, and from Amsterdam to Newcastle, around two hours and 40 minutes' drive from Glasgow. You can find information on timetables, ferry operators and make bookings at Ferrysavers.

From Rotterdam and Zeebrugge

Hull: P&O Ferries (Hull is approximately 265 miles from Glasgow)

From Amsterdam

Newcastle: DFDS Seaways (Newcastle is around 150 miles from Glasgow)