ScotRail Stena Line Rail Link Coach from Cairnryan Loch Ryan Port to Ayr Railway Station
Following my Stena Line ferry ride across the Irish Sea from Belfast to Cairnryan, the next leg of the Rail & Sail journey is by the dedicated inclusive connecting bus from Cairnryan (Loch Ryan Port) to Ayr Railway Station to bridge the gap between the ferry terminal and railway network.
National Rail offers a Rail & Sail ticket which is an all in one ticket for rail from any Scottish station, coach link between Ayr and Cairnryan, and ferry travel to Belfast (via Cairnryan) with Stena Line. Regular 26-30 Railcard concessions apply on this ticket, offering a 34% discount off adult fare, which is perfect for me to head to Belfast from Edinburgh and back by train, bus, and ferry, all in a single train ticket.
Cairnryan (Loch Ryan Port)
Arriving at Cairnryan (Loch Ryan Port), I turned right towards the coach bay for my waiting ScotRail Stena Line Rail Link Coach.
Do not cross the road to the first bus you see based on a straight line. That is the waiting Scottish Citylink & Ulsterbus 923 to Glasgow.
Instead, continue along the perimeter of the terminal building on the right where the ScotRail Stena Line Rail Link Coach is waiting.
The dedicated bus is decked out with ScotRail and Stena Line logos, so it shouldn’t be too hard to miss.
The interior of the ScotRail Stena Line Rail Link Coach.
Surprisingly, despite being one of the last foot passengers to disembark from the ship, I was one of the first to board the ScotRail Stena Line Rail Link Coach, with no need to wait for any baggage to reclaim since I was travelling light and with no onward ticket issues.
Some passengers who had arrived earlier as well took the opportunity for a smoke break before boarding.
Departing from Cairnryan (Loch Ryan Port) on time at 2.15pm.
Heading out of Cairnryan (Loch Ryan Port).
Goodbye Stena Superfast VII.
My ScotRail Stena Line Rail Link Coach overtook the Scottish Citylink & Ulsterbus 923 along the way.
The various verying sceneries along the way.
Taking an alternative route around Girvan to avoid the jams.
Passing by the city side of Ayr Railway Station which was undergoing renovations.
Crossing over the railway tracks south of Ayr Railway Station.
Arrived at Ayr Railway Station.
Ayr Railway Station
My ScotRail Stena Line Rail Link Coach arrived at Ayr Railway Station at 3.47pm. As the Rail & Sail ticket is an Anytime, I was free to take any train onwards to Glasgow from Ayr.
From here, I headed in to Ayr Railway Station catch the next train to Glasgow on my trip back to Edinbugh.