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Cairnryan Ferries B&B

 

A77 Coastal Road,

Cairnryan, Stranraer, DG9 8QU

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Ferries

Services connecting South West Scotland to Northern Ireland operate throughout the year from Cairnryan.

P&O operate a ferry service from Cairnryan to Larne.

Stena Line operate a ferry service from Cairnryan to Belfast.

These ferries provide for day trips and short stays to Larne & Belfast. Perfect for a visit to Giants Causeway, or a shopping and sight-seeing day out in Belfast.

See our Ferries page (left) for travel news, timetables, distances etc 

     
     
 

Rail

Stranraer rail station is just 4 miles away, and provides a direct link to Glasgow.

 

Rail enquiries

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/pois/....station.3.htm

 

 

   
 

Road

The A77 connects Stranraer to Glasgow, being mostly a 60mph road for cars, and taking around 2 hours between the two. The scenery is quite breathtaking along the route, passing Ailsa Craig & the magical coastline around Lendalfoot.
 

Bus & Coach enquiries

http://www.citylinkonlinesales.co.uk/CitylinkWeb

 

Bus timetables anywhere in Scotland

http://www.travelinescotland.com..

 

Local bus timetables

http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/dumgal/Documents.aspx?letter=T&page=9

 

Road traffic news

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/whereilive/travelscotland/

       
 

Air

The nearest major airports within Scotland are Prestwick & Glasgow. There is a small airfield locally at Castle Kennedy.
 

Prestwick International Airport

http://www.gpia.co.uk/

 

Glasgow International Airport

http://www.glasgowairport.com/

 

Castle Kennedy Airfield

http://www.castlekennedyairfield.co.uk/index.htm

       

Weather

The area is warmed by the Gulf Stream, resulting in some quite amazing winter temperatures, and is rarely subject to frost.
 

Stranraer & Cairnryan Weather forecast (next 5 days)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2636719

 

Stranraer & Cairnryan High/low tides for next 7 days

http://easytide.ukho.gov.uk/... Stranraer 7 day

     

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

 

Attractions The mild climate has given rise to several botanic gardens in the area, including Logan House and Gardens, and Logan Botanic Garden, advertised as Scotland's most exotic garden, both of which are about 25 minutes drive away. Castle Kennedy, with its glorious walled gardens and monkey puzzle avenue is less than 10 minutes away, and just a few minutes further, Glenwhan offers possibly the most beautiful of all the local gardens. The magnificent Culzean Castle and country park is about a 45 minute drive. Please be aware that although some gardens are open all year (e.g. Galloway House Gardens), other local gardens are not open during the October to February period - individual opening dates are usually detailed on their own websites.

With beautiful views the length of the coastline, the area is ideal for walking, bird watching, botany, and general relaxation.  True sandy beaches are close to hand at nearby Luce Bay, with the picturesque fishing village of Portpatrick being a fifteen minute drive away.

Logan fish pond, a fully restored Victorian Fish Larder, in the site of a blow hole which formed during the last ice age, is around 20 minutes away.

Galloway Forest Park, Britains largest forest park at 300 square miles, is only half an hour away.

 

Botanical Gardens

 
 

Gardens open for charity

http://www.gardensofscotland.org

   

http://www.scotlands-garden.org.uk/whatson.html

 

Logan Botanic Gardens

http://www.rbge.org.uk/rbge/web/visiting/lbg.jsp

 

Logan House & Gardens

http://www.mull-of-galloway.co.uk/attractions/logan_house_gdns_enhance.html

 

Castle Kennedy & Gardens

http://www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk  

 

 

http://living.scotsman.com/features/Heritage-schemes.3937984.jp

 

Ardwell Gardens

http://www.mull-of-galloway.co.uk/attractions/ardwell_gardens.html

 

Glenwhan Gardens

http://www.glenwhangardens.co.uk/

 

Dunskey Gardens

http://www.dunskey.com

 

Galloway House Gardens 

http://www.gallowayhousegardens.co.uk/

 

Castle of St John, Stranraer

http://www.dumfriesmuseum.demon.co.uk/casstjo.html

   

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~leighann/articles/history/castle.html

 

Stranaer museum

http://www.dumfriesmuseum.demon.co.uk/stranmuse.html

 

Logan Fish Pond

http://www.loganfishpond.co.uk

 

Mull of Galloway

http://www.mull-of-galloway.co.uk

http://www.galliecraig.co.uk

 

Ailsa Craig trips

http://www.ailsacraig.org.uk

 

National Trust

http://www.scotlandforyou.co.uk

 

Culzean Castle & Country Park

http://www.culzeanexperience.org/

 

Galloway Forest Park

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/gallowayforestpark

 

Crossraguel Abbey

http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/majorsites/crossraguel.html

 

Bladnoch Distillery

http://www.bladnoch.co.uk/

 

Glenluce Antiques Centre - Dervaird Farm

http://www.glenluceantiquescentre.co.uk/

 

List of South Ayrshire historic buildings

http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/community/Buildings.htm

 

Attractions in the wider Dumfries & Galloway area

http://www.dumfriesmuseum.demon.co.uk/muselst.html

 

Dumfries & Galloway: Summary of places of interest

http://www.cast.org.uk/A-C.htm

 

VisitScotland list of visitor attractions in Dumfries & Galloway

http://guide.visitscotland.com/vs/guide/......

     
Activities

Angling and deep sea fishing is available on Loch Ryan, and for golfers, there are courses at nearby Stranraer and Portpatrick . The world famous Turnberry  is just 30 miles (about 40 minutes) towards Ayr.

Stranraer Leisure Centre provides a wealth of activities for old and young alike.

 

Golf

 
 

Golf courses

http://www.stranraer.org/golf/index.html

     
 

Bird watching

http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/website/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=80&Itemid=99

   

http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/mullofgalloway/index.asp

   

http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/scotland_dumfries_and_galloway.html

   

http://www.the-soc.zenwebhosting.com/docs/dumfries-and-galloway.pdf

 
 
 

Walking

http://www.britishwalks.org..stranraer

     

http://www.southernuplandway.com/

     

http://walking.visitscotland.com/walks/southscotland/

 

Leisure Centre

 

http://www.stranraer.org/ryancentre/

http://www.dgcommunity.net/dgcommunity/miniweb.aspx?id=201

 

Camera Club

 

http://www.stranraercameraclub.org.uk/index.htm

       
Local Events Cairnryan lies at the very edge of Dumfries & Galloway, just outside South Ayrshire. Events in both counties are listed below.

Events are shown in order throughout the entire year. Where dates have yet to be announced, the previous year details show in brackets.

 

 

Scottish Snowdrop Festival Sundays starting February 2013

 

http://www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk/

http://white.visitscotland.com/snowdrop_festival/dumfries_and_galloway.aspx

http://www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/events?location=2  (Logan)

http://www.dunskey.com/

 

 

Dumfries & Galloway Wild Spring Festival

29th March - 31st May 2013

http://www.wildlifefestival.org.uk/

 

 

 

Galloway Garden Festival

(last held May 2008)

http://www.gallowaygardenfestival.org/ (no longer in use)

 

 

Wigtown Spring Book Weekend

(last held 30th April - 1st May 2011)

http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/

 

 

Newton Stewart Walking Festival

10th - 16th May 2013

http://www.newtonstewartwalkfest.com/

 

 

 

Castle Kennedy Scottish Model

Air Show:

(last held 21st - 22nd May 2011)

http://www.saaweb.org.uk/

http://www.3dscot.com/

 

 

 

Castle Kennedy Plant Fair

(last held 29th May 2011)

 http://www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk

     

 

 

Lochinch Castle Spring Fling

25th - 27th May 2013

http://www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk/lochinch-events.html

 

 

Stranraer Half Marathon plus Junior Runs

2nd June 2012

http://www.runstranraer.co.uk/

 

 

Stranraer Armed Forces Day Waterfront Festival

30th June 2012

http://www.wigtownshire.org/festivals_and_events.html

 

 

The Wickerman Festival

20th - 21st July 2012

http://www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk/

 

 

Stranraer show

25th July 2012

http://www.stranraershow.co.uk

 

 

Ayr Flower Show

(last held 5th - 7th August 2011)

http://www.ayrflowershow.org/

 

 

Lochinch Castle Food Festival

(last held 4th September 2011)

http://www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk/lochinch-events.html

     
 

 

Portpatrick Folk Festival

(last held 2nd-4th September 2011)

http://www.portpatrickfolkfestival.org/index.html)

 

 

Galloway Golf Classic:

(last held 10th-11th Sept and

13th-14th Sept 2007)     

http://www.gallowaygolfclassic.co.uk/

 

     
 

 

Stranraer 10k road race

(last held 5th November 2011)

http://www.runstranraer.co.uk/

 

 

Wigtown Book Festival:

27th Sept - 6th Oct 2013

http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/

 

 

Stranraer & area events

http://www.stranraer.org/sti_live/events.html

 

 

List of events in Dumfries & Galloway

http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=7

 

 

List of events in South Ayrshire

http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/events/

 

List of events in Belfast (ferry crossing required)

http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events/annualevents.asp

       
Local Sport  
 

Football

http://www.stranraer-mad.co.uk/

     

http://www.stranraerfc.org/

       
Shops & businesses Shopping is available just 5 minutes drive away in Stranraer, with major centres of Ayr and Glasgow being about one and two hours away respectively. A small local store nestles in front of the Homestead Guest House in Cairnryan, opposite the ferry terminal.
 

Shops, businesses & services

http://www.stranraer.org/directory/

       
Local news    
 

Stranraer Free Press

http://www.stranraer-freepress.co.uk/

 

Galloway Gazette

http://www.gallowaygazette.com/

 

Galloway News

http://icdumfries.icnetwork.co.uk/

 

Dumfries & Galloway Standard

http://www.dgstandard.co.uk/

 

Stranraer current & historical  news

http://www.stranraer.org/sti_live/news.html

 

Belfast Telegraph

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/article3245412.ece (this article reports Stena 2008 business increase)

 

Local development Following many years of discussions and various plans and investigations, and then an aborted merger with the P&O port at Cairnryan in October 2007, Stena Line moved operations from Stranraer to the northern end of Cairnryan on Monday 21st November 2011.

The move from Stranraer has resulted in vacation of a vast area, for which there are multi-million pound proposals for a waterfront development. A breakwater and pontoons have already been established.

To cater for enhanced ferry traffic flow in the area, there are proposals for road widening in several areas along the A77 & A75.

 

Stranraer Waterfront

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/scotland/south_of_scotland/7715231.stm

   

http://rpu.dumgal.gov.uk/xpedio/groups/public/documents/committee_reports/018842.pdf

   

http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/dumgal/documents.aspx?id=11626

   

http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/....stranraerwaterfront.htm

   

http://www.scottish-enterprise.com//...rhinsrenewal.htm

   

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/7136194.stm(11/12/2007 - 50 berth marina go-ahead)

     
 

Stranraer Maritime Museum & Heritage Centre

http://www.stranraermaritimemuseum.co.uk/

   

http://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/news/Letters-to-the-Editor.5114318.jp

 

 

Road projects

http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/projects

   

http://www.nce.co.uk/geotechnical/features/2008/06/a_rock_and_a_fast_place.html

 

Wigtown Local Plan

http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=436&p=0

     
Local  history Lying between Cairnryan & Stranraer, Innermessan is believed to be the lost Roman settlement of Rerigonium, contradicting the popular misconception that the Romans did not extend their reach this far. Cairnryan itself has existed as a quiet fishing village for most of its history, until the decision in late 1940 to create a military port and connecting railway to Stranraer changed its nature forever. The military use ended after the war years, and the military port closed in 1959.  Ferry crossings with P&O began in 1973, with ship-breaking being a major industry in past years.
 

Innernessan history

http://www.scottishcorpus.ac.uk/corpus/search/document.php?documentid=1371

 

Cairnryan history

 
 

General

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/cairnryan/cairnryan/index.html

 

General

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=43448&strquery=cairnryan

 

Operation Hardrock,1958

http://public.fotki.com/crossleydd42/operation-hardrock-/

 

A new life for Cairnryan Port (Shipbreaking)

http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?menu=c10400&no=336429&rel_no=1

   

http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/5008418_X3Wyv#315921383_qUTKQ (photos)

 

Cairnryan and the fight against Nazi Germany

http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?menu=c10400&no=334225&rel_no=1&back_url=

 

Cairnryan military railway

http://www.railscot.co.uk/Cairnryan_Military_Railway/body.htm

   

http://www.scottishcorpus.ac.uk/corpus/search/document.php?documentid=1373

     
 

Loch Ryan, history & uses

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ryan

 

Stranraer Parish

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com..

 

Stranraer History

http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/towns/townhistory361.html

   

http://www.shockymap.com/timemachine/ (Photo port 1942)

 

Mull of Galloway

http://www.mull-of-galloway.co.uk/history

 

Town plans

http://www.nls.uk/digitallibrary/map/townplans/stranraer_1.html

 

Stranraer & District Local History Trust

http://www.stranraerhistory.org.uk

 

Stranraer War memorial

http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Wigtownshire/Stranraer.html

 

BBC - a walk through time

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/whereilive/southwestandayrshire/walk/06.shtml

 

BBC - Your place & mine

http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/yourplaceandmine/antrim/A1081748.shtml

 

Larne - Cairnryan ferry operations

http://www.larneferryweb.com/features/2004/old_cairnryan/old_cairnryan.htm

     
 

Mulberry Harbours

http://www.fettes.com/scotsatwar/AZindex/m/mulberryharbours.htm

     

http://www.combinedops.com/Mulberry Harbours.htm

   

http://www.rsars.org.uk/ELIBRARY/gal.pdf

 

History of Local Policing

http://www.dumfriesandgalloway.police.uk/aboutus/history.htm

       
Local maps The following are streetmaps for Cairnryan, and Stranraer town centre
     

http://www.streetmap.co.uk for Cairnryan

     

http://www.streetmap.co.uk for Stranraer

       
Other links These are useful for information about the area
     

http://www.dumfries-and-galloway.co.uk

       
       

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