A sensational saga of the seas.
12.10.2012 - 12.10.2012 10 °C
Good morning world - time to get up and catch a fairly small boat to Northern Ireland! We all got breakfasted and hit the road nice and early, so that we could have a meandering drive down to Campbeltown, where the RIB would take us across the seas... Managed a quick stop off at the beach - freezing cold!! Saw a wee puppy who was doing his bit to keep the place clean; he'd found a plastic bottle somewhere and was proudly carrying it back home. More lovely scenery, and more lovely towns whose names I cannot spell and then we were in Campbeltown. Found the boat, excellent. But where was the captain? Nowhere to be seen. Then the lady from the visitor information centre comes bustling down the road, phone in hand - "it's for you, about the boat". Turns out the boat has been cancelled today, and we didn't know about it - apparently they had tried to call our mobile, but instead of dialling the plus sign, dialled a 0 instead. Duh. Apparently they also emailed us, but that email is yet to arrive. Grr. So we have two options - get another ferry from another location, or get the rib tomorrow morning. Right. A few phone calls later, and we've got a new plan - off to Cairnryan to catch the 19.30 ferry to Belfast. Whoo!
So since it's a five hour drive, the old car games come out. Turns out 'aye spy' (the Scottish version of 'I spy') is harder than I'd thought, but we're all pretty good at the bag packing game, and the famous person game. Elaine and Simon aren't keen on my spelling game, and John is Offical Adjudicator for the proceedings. Not a bad way to spend a day, but not entirely what any of us had planned!
Arrive in Cairnryan, and we are hurriedly checked in to get away from some irate young men...which means a hurried goodbye to our temporary parents. Couldn't have asked for better hosts - if they were on TripAdvisor I'd give them five stars! Thank you so much xoxo
Bit of a wait in the ferry terminal, but it gives us time for something to eat and drink, and checking emails and the like. Huzzah for free wifi! And then we're finally on the boat, and heading across to Northern Ireland. It's actually a bit rockier than I expected, and I'm going to use that as my excuse for losing three games straight of Monpoly Deal to Simon. Absolutely annihilated, boo.
Anyway, we eventually made it to Belfast and to our apartment for the next three nights. It's pretty swish, so I think we'll cope quite nicely staying here. Just awaiting a call from Lollop and our Irish weekend posse will be complete!