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Over the sea to Scotland

Back across the North Channel from Larne


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Another satisfying breakfast and a quick goodbye and it was off up the road to Larne nice and early to avoid the rush hour traffic. Naturally, a few photos had to be taken en route, so here's the 'new' Toome Bridge over the River Bann;

Toome Bridge

Toome Bridge

And onwards to Larne where they have a rather large crowning glory on a roundabout;

Larne's crowning glory

Larne's crowning glory

Another good day with sea conditions ideal for adding to my endless ferry photo collection!

P&O European Causeway passes Ailsa Craig

P&O European Causeway passes Ailsa Craig

Stena Superfast en route to Belfast

Stena Superfast

Stena Superfast

Roadworks between Girvan and Turnberry provided the opportunity to nip out in the queue and capture this shower passing in front of Arran and Holy Isle;

Arran and Holy Isle

Arran and Holy Isle

After a quick stop in Kilmarnock to drop off gifts etc at Mum's, it was off up the familiar old A9 through Glasgow to arrive home just after dark and time for a good zzzzz before work tomorrow, sigh......

Posted by tiderace 15.03.2013 13:14 Archived in Scotland Comments (0)

Catching up with family

Reunions with family members in Newtownabbey and Castledawson


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A great day which commenced with a hearty Ulster fry followed by a drive via Toome Bridge to Newtownabbey. Here we had a family get together with lunch all set up for us by Sarah Neill. The day was spent reminiscing about past exploits, particularly involving my father Sam with tales coming from his sister Isabelle and brother Bob. My father's early days as a Shipwright in Harland and Wolff certainly sounded interesting, as did the family experiences of wartime Belfast and the night most of the houses in the neighbouring street were flattened by bombing. Here's a photo of part of the afternoon line up....;

Family group in Newtonabbey

Family group in Newtonabbey

After a good fill and plenty of craic, it was back to Castledawson for more eats with the Overend family, plus cousin Hazel and nephew Robert. A great evening playing with the Overend children, Olivia and Jack, before it was my bedtime prior to my early start for home tomorrow.

Cousin Hazel and myself

Cousin Hazel and myself

Back to Hazel's in Castledawson followed by zzzzzzzzzz......

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Crossing the North Channel

Cairnryan to Larne


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A great day for sea views and seascape photos. Ailsa Craig was looking good against the Arran backdrop as we turned west out of Loch Ryan. Sadly, one of the crew in chatty mode spoilt the magic by referring to t as "Booby Island"!;

Ailsa Craig and Arran

Ailsa Craig and Arran

On the port side Corsewall Point, with it's Lighthouse Hotel, was soon passing by;

Corsewall Point

Corsewall Point

With the speed of modern ferries, we soon could see The Maidens, sitting to the north-east of the Larne approaches..;

The Maidens

The Maidens

As one enters Larne Lough, the Chainey Memorial Tower guards the entrance;

Chainey Memorial Tower, Larne

Chainey Memorial Tower, Larne

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Ayrshire coast and Loch Ryan

Coastal drive to the ferry


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Every time we travelled to Stranraer for the Larne ferry as children, my father would make a ritual stop at Ballantrae and we would lean over the bridge spanning the River Stinchar to view the Salmon below waiting to run upstream. Too early in the year today for any fish, and too low a water level, but worth a nostalgic look anyway...;

River Stinchar bridge, Ballantrae

River Stinchar bridge, Ballantrae

On reaching Loch Ryan, the new Stena Line operation hove into view. This was moved from Stranraer and new 'Superfast' ferries operate to Belfast;

Stena Line, Loch Ryan Port

Stena Line, Loch Ryan Port

For me, today, it was a crossing courtesy of P&O;

P&O; European Causeway

P&O; European Causeway

As we sailed up Loch Ryan the old breakers yard, where once had been Aircraft Carriers etc being taken apart, soon appeared on the starboard side;

Old Breakers Yard, Cairnryan

Old Breakers Yard, Cairnryan

Posted by tiderace 13.03.2013 15:15 Archived in Scotland Comments (2)

Down the A9 to Cairnryan

Early on the road to avoid the forecast snow...


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After a few hours dozing when I got home from my Night Shift, I set off down the A9 earlier than planned to try and avoid the snow which had been forecast. Luckily it wasn't too bad, although the hills around Drumochter Pass looked pretty good. The view to remote Ben Alder down Loch Ericht was particularly spectacular.

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Of course, you pass Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie around the same time;

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Having cleared the high ground, the snow disappeared apart from the high tops and the road was fine, if a bit tiresome, all the way through Glasgow into Ayrshire, and soon Arran could be seen with snow on the top of Goat Fell.

Arran

Arran

Ailsa Craig looked good against such a backdrop;

Ailsa Craig and Arran

Ailsa Craig and Arran

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