Change of plan and considering taking the ferry from Stranraer to Belfast to tour - advice wanted

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  1. Bryden

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    Decided on a change of plan and to head north to Scotland again for our next long trip and was thinking that a visit to Eire and Northern Ireland would be a good idea as we’ve never been to either.

    Do any of you we travelled folk have suggestions for good campsites and stops. We like visiting old buildings and watching nature.
     
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    Quick tip, the ferry no longer sails from Stranraer but from Cairnryan, about 6 miles away further round the loch. As for Northern Ireland take the coastal road up through Antrim to Portrush and head over toward Londonderry and south to Enniskillen. Plenty to see and do.
     
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    Ye plenty to see and do, I can recommend.

    Portrush, Giants causeway, Bushmills distillery.

    Not sure about campsites because I was working out there at the time and staying in hotels.
     
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    Do hope the people are not badly hurt after their Motorhome turned and fell sideways into a ditch. it would be good to know if they are ok, it made me go cold
     
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    If you don't have pets or children under 12 it is sometimes cheaper to do SeaTruck from Heysham. Takes around 12 hours but you get a cabin and food included.
     
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    I’m confused?
     
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    This is copied from a previous post of mine. If you google the site names you will find the locations. The Irish tourist board do a very good campsite guide for 5 Euro and Tesco points can be used to reduce the ferry fare.

    We next left home in the first week of September and went to Pembroke Dock, via the CC site at Tredegar House and Windmill Hill campsite at St. Daniels Hill. We sailed to Ireland and stayed at The Trading Post before starting an anti-clockwise tour via campsites at Camac Valley, (C&CC) Delamont, Ballyness (where we discovered Irish whiskey!), Sleepy Hollow, Ballyshannon, Ballina, Cong, Adare, Blarney and Dungarvan before returning, at the end of October.

    Hope you enjoy your visit however you do it.
     
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    The council run site at Dungannon is really nice as is Six Mile Water (Antrim). Easy to get into Belfast from Antrim on the train - or take the train in the other direction to Derry / Londonderry.
     
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    Andy is the man to talk to @andy63
     
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    The ferries from cairnryan are expensive... but from scotland thats your only choice... the route suggested round the coast of antrim and on to derry would be my choice... then into donegal... and south down the west coast following the wild atlantic way , till you run out of time.. maybe returning via a ferry from the south to hollyhead or fishguard...
    I could suggest all sorts of attractions but your best bet is to make a call at the tourist informationc centers in both n ireland and the south...
    Then choose what you prefere... both provide excellent books ..
    Like scotland... the weather is key especially if you choose the costal route..:)
    Andy..
     
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    Thank you but I get sea sick so will opt for the shortest crossing.
     
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    You might be better going from Holyhead to Dublin instead, a lot less driving and not much difference in crossing times.
     
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    But then you wouldn't see beautiful Dumfries and Galloway!
     
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    Might come back that way however we want to visit friends in Scotland too - the trip from holy head home is pretty long and we would be obliged to visit mum on the way home if we did that !
     
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    Me too
     
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    The SeaTruck ships are HUGE. I was surprised at how little they did move...... when I booked it was really for "the experience" of using a freight ferry but I would do it again :) Yes, it is a long time on the ship but most of the time I was asleep (very comfortable bunks) and the shower was wonderful. The food is basic but tasty and filling - and included in the fare. Self service tea and coffee and snacks. There isn't alcohol obviously but there is a drivers' lounge with tv and dvd player and a canteen area. The cabins also have tv. Certainly not 5* luxury but it's a freight ferry!
     
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    @Puddleduck i may look at that crossing a bit more when we know dates and routes a bit more thank you
     
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    Well Stirling, Ayrshire and Galloway were fantastic now waiting for the ferry to Belfast. I’m afraid they did not load in the right order

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    First stop six mile water @Puddleduck
     
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