Some old photos from 2008, when we took the caravan on a ferry to Northern Ireland.

Charlotte invited her friend Tiffany along to join us.

Day One of the holiday required a long drive up to Stranraer on the west coast of Scotland. We arrived late in the afternoon at a rather basic site in New England Bay, chosen for no particular reason other than how close it was to the ferry terminal for our crossing the next morning.

Although we had not tried a ferry before, it proved to be a straightforward process. Plenty of space at the terminal, to park up in lanes ready for embarkation. The crossing was smooth and uneventful.

The campsite at Ballymoney was run by the local council, alongside their small marina on the River Bann. Clean and well laid out, with plenty of space on the pitches, and just a short drive away from the town centre.

During our week-long stay, we managed to visit several local attractions: Portrush (a seaside town); the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede; the Giant’s Causeway; Coleraine (the nearest large town); Leslie Hill Open Farm; horse riding at Sheans Horse Farm; and Belfast Zoo.

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