Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Two ferries in two days!!

Travelled on down to Stranraer, well Cairnryan really, and caught the ferry over to Larne. Quite a few shouty Ian Paisley types on the boat…hope they’re not all like that!!

Thank goodness for SatNav, our little TomTom took us straight to Eva’s door… We’d never’ve been able to negotiate going through Belfast city with all the lane changes without it guiding the way. We took the dogs a walk up to the park then went out to the pub for a meal and a couple of beers. I had Salmon with Colcannon; mashed tatties and cabbage, and I think maybe neeps are in there too along with a bit of bacon ! Nice, but a bit too salty for me!

We saw, but forgot the camera so couldn’t get a piccy of, the heavily armoured police cars and stations that are still around. Will try and capture this bit of social history for you on our return visit!! Also a few of the nice wall murals they have and the red, white and blue kerbs etc.

We drove around looking for a place to camp after several phone calls came up with nothing open, and eventually a lovely bloke who owned a campsite that was closed let us camp there on the entrance-way. This was near the Mourne mountains and we went for a walk with the dogs round Tollymore Forest Park.

We managed to find a campsite just on the outskirts of Belfast city run by the local authority at Loughshore on the Belfast Lough. It is a one star rated site so quite basic. The place was clean, tidy; the showers were awesome… lots of hot water delivered at skin pummelling rates aaaaaahhhh lovely! And it was run by a lovely friendly bloke. We got a taxi from there into Belfast and after another night in a Belfast pub drinking Smithwicks (we’re saving the Guinness drinking ‘til we hit Dublin!) we headed off up to the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim. Some of the Irish towns and villages have gteat names. We passed by or spotted on signs... Ballymoney, Moneyglass, Moneydig, Ballybogy, Muff - on the Innishowen peninsula where we are reliably informed they have a diving club ;o)
Those who know us well will know we love our ales, we have found a couple brewed in Belfast - Belfast Ale and Clotworthy Dobbin! What a great name! Both brewed by the Whitewater Brewery in Belfast.

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