So today I am off travelling again, this time to Ireland. We ended up setting off a little late but arrived on perfect time to catch the 2:30pm Stena Line Ferry from Holyhead in Wales to Dublin, Ireland. The ferry crossing was very comfortable and smooth. It wasn’t the fast ferry (it took about 3-4 hours) but I would say the boat was only half full. This photo was taken from the top deck of the ferry whilst waiting to leave port at Holyhead, it shows an Irish Ferries ship waiting to journey back across to Ireland.
This morning we decided to take the 10:30 boat trip along the Firth of Forth estuary. The boat took us past the road bridge which we drove over yesterday and under the Forth (railway) Bridge. As you can see in the photo the bridge is currently under going serious maintenance. My image also shows the Maid of the Forth, the ferry which we travelled on.
Later this afternoon we got on a more extended bus tour towards Leith, a town near Edinburgh but on the estuary of the Firth of Forth. It was traditional the docks for Edinburgh. Moored next to the new Ocean Terminal Shopping Mall was the retired Royal Yacht Britannia. This was the Queens yacht from 1953 right through to 1997. It was around 412 feet in length and had travelled over 1 million miles in its service. Photographing such a small vessel would surely not be a challenge but due to where it had been moored and the surrounding buildings etc this was the best photo I managed to get.
Travelling onwards to the East coast of Scotland we came across the historic picturesque town of Dunbar. It had a very interest harbour with hundreds of seagulls and dozens of boats of various types. I really enjoyed the interesting photographs from around the bay, climbing on rocks and sunbathing by the sea. The photograph below shows a couple of the fishing boats inside the harbour walls.