Belfast – Stranraer – Belfast, By sea

If we’ve been so bold as to describe our itinerary as the “best in the world”, then we need to back that up. Few places on this planet can enhance a Scottish golf trip, but Northern Ireland, through Royal County Down, and Royal Portrush, is one. In order to achieve this though, we need to cross water. The cheapest and quickest way of doing this door-to-door is to use the ferry service from Belfast or Larne, to Stranraer (Cairnryan). The Scottish ports combine conveniently with playing either Turnberry or Troon. Services are frequent (about 6 to 7 a day). There are a number of options using either P&O or Stena Line. There is also the possibility of sailing direct to Troon

Today’s ferries are sleek, modern, catamarans. They’re the fastest vessels on this stretch of sea and pretty well boss the waves. They complete the journey between west Scotland and Northern Ireland in anywhere between 2-3 hours at sea. The safety record of the UK’s ferries is excellent. They’ve been running for well over century and during peacetime only one has been lost (and that was in the English Channel)

Belfast might have been the home of the Titanic, but thankfully the ferry services to and from Scotland have fared much better