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Ryan, Loch

Catamaran Ferry in Loch Ryan, Stranraer
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Catamaran Ferry in Loch Ryan, Stranraer

A sea loch of SW Scotland providing a natural sheltered anchorage, Loch Ryan lies between the northern arm of The Rhins of Galloway and that part of the South Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway coast stretching from Finnart's Point southwards past Cairnryan to Stranraer which is the main ferry port linking Scotland with Larne and Belfast in Northern Ireland. It extends just over 8 miles (13 km) from north to south and measures nearly 3 miles (5 km) at its maximum width. A sandbank called the Scar runs down the west side of the loch opposite Kirkcolm and on its eastern shore is a small headland called Cairn Point on which stands Cairnryan. Loch Ryan lighthouse was erected on this point in 1847.


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