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Scottish Stena Sisters
New vessels, new terminal, new route
Tucked away in South West Scotland, Stranraer has been served by a ferry service for nearly 140 years. The original service operated to Larne in Northern Ireland, but was switched to Belfast in 1995. The Scottish port always bustled with passengers bound for the ferry particularly on busy summer Saturdays. In recent years however, the town has gradually become deserted as only one or two daytime sailings operated from the port.
Stranraer harbour now lies derelict. The infamous terminal building has been flattened and the road up to the pier straightened (after 30 years of chicanes). Although the train from Glasgow still serves the station, passengers are advised to use a connecting coach service from Ayr to Cairnryan. There are hopes that the port area will be redeveloped but for now there are just vast stretches of decaying tarmac. The future of the route now seems secure. The future of the town is another matter altogether.
The interiors of the Superfast sisters are quite stunning especially in comparison to the spartan and sterile accommodation on the recently introduced P&O sisters at Dover. Gentle curves, subdued lighting and comfortable seating are the order of the day.
Top left: Bring your swimming gear and you can relax in the Pure Nordic Spa
Top right: In common with other refurbishments Bar 55 can be found at the front
Middle: The slightly wacky Pod lounge
Middle right: Taste restaurant serves decent fast food on the short crossing
Lower left: Barista coffee - big lights, small tables
Lower right: Truckers seating
|Stena Caledonia passes Corsewall lighthouse at the tip of Wigtownshire on passage from Belfast to Stranraer in September 2011.||
Top and middle: Stranraer ferry terminal in 2011 and 2012.
Lower: The start of land reclamation started in December 1972
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