The ferry port of Larne in Country Antrim is one of the main links to Scotland for freight and passenger travel to and from Northern Ireland. With a population of more than 30,000 the neighbouring coastal area is well known for its Viking burial sites and Norse links. During the Plantation of Ulser in the 17th century many Scottish settlers arrived via Larne to spread out throughout Ulster, and equally it was a place where Irish people emigrated to and from America. A monument in Curran Park recalls this pivotal social movement in the nineteenth century. Just 25 miles from Scotland the town has many links with Stranraer, its counterpart Scottish port. Visit the Dixon Park open space in the town, or Carnfunnock Country Park nearby where there is a wide range of family-friendly facilities including camping and caravanning facilities. The ruins of the 13th century Olderfleet Castle, a place of great strategic importance in Larne's history, are also worth a look.