Michael and Pam's Travels Our European Motorhome Adventures and other Travels

Holyhead Ferry, Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช 2019

Date: 5-6th June 2019

Travelled: 310 kilometres from Taunton, England to Valleymount, Ireland

Visited: Holyhead and Russborough House (seniors โ‚ฌ9 pp)

Stayed: Holyhead marina car-park N53.31746, W04.64232 , free no services

Budget: xx days @ โ‚ฌxx per day

Our transit through England continued. We have an appointment in Warrington to service the rear air-suspension on the Hymer. Nothing particular wrong, but as Warrington is only an hour or so out of our way to Holyhead better safe than sorry. I booked the Hymer in a couple of months ago, so we make tracks north on the M5/M6.

The M5/M6 is four lanes each way, most of the time. Lots of trucks and fast movers, every ones in a hurry, so not the most relaxing drive. Although Pam managed to nod off here and there. We find a stop in Stafford and call it a night, deciding on doing the last hour to Warrington in the morning.

The huge car-park in Stafford was not the most salubrious stop, but it was free.

After a quiet evening in Stafford we continue on to Warrington and the Hymerโ€™s suspension is given the once over. After a pressure test we are given the all clear, no charge. We do a big shop at the nearby Morrisons and turn for Wales and the ferry terminal at Holyhead. Itโ€™s a 90 minute drive on the A55 across northern Wales, we travelled through here in 2017 stopping at Llandudno and walking the Great Orme Head.

We are booked on the 8.15 ferry, so itโ€™s an early start. Arriving an hour early we have breakfast in the queue (short).

By the time we have some toast and St Dalfour jam the lines have filled and we are on our way.
Three hours later we enter the channel to Dublin harbour.

As we have already spent several days in Dublin some years ago, we opt out for now to get some touring under the belt. So we continue south-west into the Wicklow Mountains and our first stop, Russborough House. Considered Irelandโ€™s finest Palladian (style) Palace (stately home), built for Joseph Leeson in 1751.

Russborough, Baltinglass Municipal District, Leinster, Ireland

Map showing the location of Russborough House, in County Wicklow.

We donโ€™t escape and drive out the gate until 5pm. Itโ€™s been a long day, the data base has a wild-camping spot in nearby Valleymount.

We knock on the door of the old pub, but it looks like its been closed for some time. As there is no sign to the contrary we settle in for the night.

Michael and Pam

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