Travelling by ferry from the major ports of Belfast and Larne to Cairnryan or Troon in SW Scotland, is a popular option for Irish visitors. Fast, modern ferries take around 2 hours, depending on the route, with good road, rail and bus links from each to Glasgow.
Stenaline runs multiple daily crossings between Cairnryan and Belfast.
P&O Ferries runs multiple daily crossings between Larne & Cairnryan, as well as between Troon-Larne.
Travel to Scotland from overseas
Travelling to Scotland by ferry is popular from a number of European countries. Ferries run from the Netherlands to Hull in the north east of England, around 4 hours drive from the Scottish border, and from Amsterdam to Newcastle, around 2 hours 40 minutes drive from Glasgow.