(25 June 2019) For those seeking a staycation with a difference, P&O Ferries’ route from Cairnryan to Larne offers an affordable answer to last-minute summer getaways. Take a road trip in the comfort of your own vehicle to explore awe-inspiring landscapes, culture-filled cities and a range of festival dates.
A holiday via ferry avoids both airport queues and luggage restrictions, with fares from just £94 each way. Additional savings can be had through the ferry operator’s summer offer, adding the benefit of free upgrades and priority boarding*.
To inspire your next road trip itinerary, P&O Ferries have rounded up the top reasons to get behind the wheel and visit Northern Ireland this summer:
The lively city of Belfast is only half an hour drive away from the port, enticing visitors to head straight to Northern Ireland’s culture capital. The city not only offers famous landmarks, including the splendour surrounding Belfast Castle and Belfast City Hall, but also world-renowned museums such as the Titanic Belfast. Enjoy navigating the city’s cobbled streets to encounter the Cathedral Quarter’s live music, restaurants and Guinness filled pub crawls.
With no luggage restrictions, fill your car with all the festival essentials, making room for wellies and tents alike. Luckily, Northern Ireland spoils avid festival goers for choice with its summer line-up, catering for all tastes. Dubbed the country’s biggest cultural and heritage event, Dalriada Festival (18th – 25th July) will see acts such as Peter Andre and Fleur East entertain the masses. Wake the Giant Festival (24th – 25th August) brings a must-see spectacle of colour and wonder on the shores of Carlingford Lough. These are just a few among the country’s busy festival diary.
Northern Ireland is blessed with no shortage of natural wonders. For a calming perspective, a drive through the spectacular green landscapes is recommended, with highlights including the famous Causeway Coastal Route and the Wild Atlantic way. These not only show off the best of Northern Ireland’s stunning backdrops, but also lead to the oldest working Whiskey Distillery, Old Bushmills, located an hour’s drive from the port.
Famous filming locations
The television series Game of Thrones famously has a cult following and is not a show for the faint hearted. With the final series coming to a close only recently, there is no better time to visit the show’s famous filming locations. Relive the adventure at Castle Ward (near Strangford, Co Down) as the iconic Winterfell, Tollymore Forest as the lands around Winterfell and the Dark Hedges (Stranocum, Co Atrim) doubling up as the Kingsroad – there are plenty of iconic, instantly recognisable sceneries to be explored. Also, if you want to meet with other like-minded fans, there are many tours on offer.
Sarah Rosier, Director of Passenger Sales at P&O Ferries said: “We know that many travellers are heading off on a staycation this year and at just a few hours’ scenic ferry ride away, Northern Ireland is the perfect destination. With both culture and beautiful scenery there is something for everyone, from students wanting a fun road trip without breaking the bank, to families looking for a new place to explore with children. We look forward to welcoming holidaymakers on board this summer and encourage people to take advantage of our latest offers.”
On board P&O Ferries route from Cairnryan to Larne are a variety of eateries, including the Food Court, serving up a full range of family favourite dishes. For those who want to travel in further comfort, spaces at the Club Lounge are bookable from just £12 per person. Within this price, there is access to the exclusive Club Food Menu, complimentary refreshments and free Wi-Fi.
For more information, or to book POFerries.com guarantees the best deals.
For further information, please contact:
Rachel Sewell, MSL – +44(0)7515923183
Dan Bridgett, P&O Ferries – +44(0)1304 863308
Notes to Editors
*SUMMER OFFER 2019:
• Standard Flexi Upgrade
A Standard Flexi ticket will allow you to travel on the ship leaving before or after your booked crossing time, so you are not tied down to a fixed sailing. Plus you can choose which leg of the journey you would like the option to be flexible with depending on what would benefit you the most.
To take advantage of the offer, simply enter the eVoucher code on the payment page when you make your booking, the cost will then be deducted from the price of your trip and you can focus on looking forward to your fun and flexible trip.
EVOUCHER CODE: SUMFLX-19
• Free Priority Boarding
Our Free Priority Boarding offer means that you can be one of the first to board the ferry, allowing you to get your holiday started quicker.
The Free Priority Boarding can be redeemed against one leg of your journey. So you can choose whether to be one of the first to board on your outward journey or when you’re coming home. Giving you time to get yourself settled for your ferry crossing.
eVoucher Code: ISPRIORITY19