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Ayrshire coast and Loch Ryan

Coastal drive to the ferry

View Northern Ireland by ferry; March 2013 on tiderace's travel map.

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 15:15 Archived in Scotland

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Brought back many memories..not all good to be honest but last time I was there (1982) HMS Ark Royal was facing a rather inglorious end to her career !!

by gareth

Aye, they've fairly tidied the place up since the 1960/70's; there was a lot of activity here then....

by tiderace

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