Goodbye Ireland, Hello Scotland

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Dundonald Touring Park

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I am writing this on board the ferry which is taking us from Belfast, Ireland to Cairnryan, Scotland. We have spend the last 11 days in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Where-ever we went we were guaranteed  friendly faces, nice scenery and lots and lots of rain. Still we had a nice time in Ireland,  the smaller towns and country areas being our favourites.
2 days ago we arrived in the Belfast area, our park was only a 20 minute bus ride from the city and the bus stop was right outside the park. So yesterday we caught the bus into Belfast, yes it was raining again and windy. First thing we did when we got there was to have a cuppa and get our bearings. Found out where the tourist information was and after our cuppa we put up our brullies and headed that way. We realy wanted to see the Titanic display and went to book our tickets. Sorry but there were'nt any spots left for us to visit  the site. It seemed that  the Olympic team returned to Ireland and they were having the team's reception at the Titanic venue that day. Bummer.  So we walked around a bit but realy it was not a nice day for sight-seeing. We walked towards the Victoria Square shopping centre which is pretty interesting and has got a very nice dome area. Took the stairs to the top of the dome and had a birds eye view of the city. Very nice.
Belfast is not much of a place to visit, its all very old and neglected with people being crammed into very close housing areas. Not very colourful ,but perhaps the weather did not give us a true look at the place. It does have a nice Town Hall, a lovely old building with a beautiful interior to match.Lots of lead light windows which represent most of Belfast's history , right up to the present time.
After the Town Hall we were going to visit St Mary's Cathedral but once we ventured  outside  the rain was worse and the wind a lot stronger. Bugger this we said, let us go home and forget about all this, just not worth it. So our trip to Belfast was short lived but was enough.
And here we are now on our way to Scotland, hoping like hell that the weather will be just a little kinder to us.
The ferry  is great, not a lot of passengers on it this time and guess what, the sun is out for a little while.
No more Olympics now, the poms did put on a good show and did very well with their athletes and yes the weather was very kind to them as well. Well done GB.
We are heading for Ayr this afternoon, will probably stay there for a few days.  See you there.
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