The closure of the Stranraer ferry at the weekend brings to an end an historical link that lasted for around 150 years. Stranraer became an official ferry port for Ireland when the railway line arrived and eventually went all the way to the harbour.
It was appointed as an official Royal Mail port securing its future,sailing to Larne in County Antrim.
The end of this ferry run came because it had become increasingly uneconomical to use. With high fuel costs and small ship's the amount of freight was limited so it was time to make a change.
New large ferries and a brand new 80 million port will replace the old port and ferries. The new Loch Ryan Port ,built by Stena Line is close to the mouth of the Loch and this will reduce the travel time.
Progress yes but still a little sad when you think of our Irish Ancestors leaving and returning to the homeland.