Well this is a bit of a surprise. Even I didn’t know where I might end up tonight. I only decided last night that I might come away for a few nights as Craig is working Friday and Saturday.
So if I’m honest, I’m here by default. I’m in Ryanbay Holiday Park just on the outskirts of Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway.
I looked all over within a 4 hour drive of the house and this is only 1.5 hours away from work and is the only site I could see that was near the sea.
It’s also not cheap…. At £33 a night!! I could have done without that but I’m not ready to solo camp in a lay-by at the side of the road. There were so many on the way down but I think I’d be scared.
I have to say that really this isn’t much different as I am right on the main road into Stranraer but it just feels different on a paying site.
It’s been a scorching hot day at work and I was counting the hours until I could get away. I’d been watching the weather and knew it was going to be lovely and wanted to take the day off but I’m some kind of crazy martyr to the cause and couldn’t ask for a day off at such short notice. So I sit and champ at the bit instead!! To be fair I got loads done so it was productive and yes I know I am weird!
So 4pm and give Abbie the camper van a quick wash before I set off. I hate sitting next to a dirty van 🤦🏻♀️😂 (jeez I really have so many weird and wonderful rules that I love by eh?!?)
The drive down is just breathtaking.
This is a beautiful road that skirts the south west coast of Scotland most of the way down. The sea is like a millpond. It’s misty on the horizon with the islands and land in the distance, rising out of the heat haze.
To give you a better perspective…
The first half hour is excruciatingly hot. The van registers 33.6°C inside. I’m chatting to Craig on the phone so need to have the windows up to have any chance of hearing him. I’m melting. He says that he guesses my aircon really isn’t working then. I say nah…. It needs a new condenser, it doesn’t blow cold but hey I’ll try it one more time….
And lo and behold, the gods are on my side. It slowly starts to being the internal temperature down!!! Who knew…. 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️😂 Abbie is a 2009 registered van so it’s not a super chill by any manner of means, but it slowly gets me back to a gentle perspiration rather than a full on sweat!
The campsite is situated just south of the port of Cairnryan where the Belfast and Larne ferries run from, and just a mile or so out of the town of Stranraer. I’m really only hear for one full day so need to decide what where best to investigate tomorrow.
The campsite is a holiday park with static vans. The touring area is set behind 2 staggered rows of static caravans with little view of the sea. Reception is pretty and the site is very clean…. And the campsite is VERY quiet.
Again I offer up a quick thank you to the Universe for giving me some silence!
I can hardly hear a thing apart from the traffic behind me and even that is sporadic. We live on a main road anyway so I’m used to it.
The first pitch I find has only one static van in front of it…. With an empty space where the second one should be and I can see the sea.
You should see the speed with which I get moving on dinner.
I brought food from the house and quickly rustle up some pork steaks with a giant mushroom filled with cream cheese and fried spring onions. I think it’s safe to say I would never have bothered to make that back home!!
I wolfed it down! Then I went for a walk…..
It’s not a pretty beach but the tide is quite far out. It’s a beautiful sky though.
Looking up to Cairnryan, both Larne and Belfast ferries are docked.
This is the view over to Stranraer.
It’s beautiful. There’s a lovely breeze too.
I had my eye on another pitch so I went to check it out. It’s much more private though closer to the road but I decide to move.
It’s a bit more rickety and at an angle but the view is out of this world….
I’m trying out this new Coke Zero I found ages ago that’s been in the fridge and I never drank it… watermelon and strawberry flavour. It’s lovely.
So cheers to the weekend folks.
It’s 8.10pm and the sun is about to disappear behind a mobile home 🤦🏻♀️ I am going to shimmy to the left a bit to watch the real sunset then get an early night!
I have shimmied to the left a bit…
Stay safe everyone ☀️🚐☀️