Ferries from Stranraer to Belfast

From Stranraer to Belfast you can sail with Stena Line an international transport and travel service company and one of the world's largest ferry operators.

This important route into linking Scotland and Northern Ireland takes just 105 minutes on the HSS approximately 3 hrs 15 mins on the Superferries.


Stranraer main importance is it's location. It's the main port in Scotland for serving Northern Ireland, thus there is a great deal of through traffic. Stranraer sits on the shores of the sheltered Loch Ryan, located on the Rhinns of Galloway, which is a windswept peninsula that is shaped like a pick-axe head on the end of the coast of Solway. The town has a population of 10,700, many of which work for the port's business.

If you have time to kill in Stranraer, You can always head for the Castle of St John, which is a four-story tower house which now lays as a ruin, standing on the main street only a block inland from the front of the harbour.


Belfast is the principle maritime gateway into Northern Ireland. It also is increasingly serving the Republic of Ireland. Belfast is a centre of commerce and industry and is Northern Ireland 's centre of logistics activity.

Two thirds of the seaborne trade in Northern Ireland and a quarter of the seaborne trade for the whole of Ireland is handled at B elfast. Over 9000 vessels pass through every year, carrying two million passengers and half a million units of freight annually, making it the busiest port in Ireland.

Unless you approach Belfast from the sea you cannot help but come upon the city suddenly because of its fine setting: a 'Hibernian Rio' as one writer has called it, ringed by high hills, sea lough and river valley.

Route Summary

Average Sailing Duration: 2 hours
Number of sailings from Stranraer: Up to 9 crossings per day
Sailing times: 04.40, 07.10, 09.50, 14.40, 15.15, 15.50, 19.50, 23.20, 23.59

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