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  • A modern ferry crusies on a calm blue sea
    Travelling to Scotland from Ireland by ferry is a popular choice

Scotland enjoys excellent travel links with Ireland with frequent sailings and flights between major ferry ports and airports.


Travelling by ferry from the major ports of Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland to Cairnryan 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.

Loch Ryan Port in Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway is around 80 miles from Glasgow and enjoys good road, rail and bus links with the city.

There is also a passenger ferry service from Ballycastle to Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsular in Argyll.

From Belfast

From Larne

From Ballycastle


There are regular flights from Dublin, Donegal, Cork, Knock and Shannon to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Prestwick Airports. You can search for flights on comparison sites such as SkyScanner, Travel Supermarket, Cheapflights and GoEuro.