Bartraw Beach, Clew Bay, West Coast, Ireland

Bartraw Beach, Clew Bay, West Coast, Ireland

Coming all this way from home to the west coast of Ireland I was determined to actually see the coast line. I knew that it would be open crystal clear waters or tropical white sandy beaches but I was pleasantly surprised at the natural beauty at Clew Bay (and I’m not just talking about Claire). The views looking up at Croagh Patrick one way and then out towards the bay where quite magical. We stopped at Bartraw Beach – I wanted to go swimming but it was getting a little late and the water was very cold. Clew Bay is famous for its 365 islands and its unspoiled coastline.

Irish Ferries Ship in Port, Holyhead, Wales

Irish Ferries Ship in Port, Holyhead, Wales

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.

Boat trip on the Firth of Forth

Boat trip on the Firth of Forth

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.

Inchcolm Abbey – Firth of Forth – Scotland

Inchcolm Abbey - Firth of Forth - Scotland

The boat trip took us there and back to the island of Inchcolm on the estuary. It is a very small island and the main feature is this former Augustinian Abbey. Although the island is inhabited the ferry service does stop to let people off and then pick them up an hour later. We chose not to get off although I would like to have seen more of this fascinating island. As the ferry continued back to South Queensferry. The total round trip took just over an hour and a half and was well worth the time and effort – I would definitely recommend it.