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Cairnryan Cairnryan is a small village overlooking Lochryan and is notable today for its large modern ferry port, operated by P&O, which links Scotland with Larne in Northern Ireland.
The village of Cairnryan has been of vital importance in maritime history. During the Second World War, Cairnryan became No.2 Military Port, and three harbour piers and a military railway linking Cairnryan with nearby Stranraer were built by the army. Thousands of troops were based locally in military camps.
At the end of the war the Atlantic U-Boat fleet surrendered in Lochryan and were anchored at Cairnryan before being towed to sea and sunk. For a period after the war the Port of Cairnryan was used to load superfluous ammunition onto barges for dumping at sea.
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