This post is produced in collaboration with Stena Line
Exploring a new city is my favourite thing to do, particularly with Paddy in tow, so after a bit of a rough week last week I was really looking forward to spending my weekend getting stuck into a spot of sightseeing in Belfast. I'd been to Northern Ireland as a child, but it feels like forever ago now and I barely remember it, so revisiting the Emerald Isle was something that had been on my list for a while. Paddy and I had actually been hoping to visit Dublin for Valentine's this year, but with him moving down to England for his new job and me leaving my old job plans were waylaid just a tad.
In what I now deem as perfect timing, Stena Line got in touch to offer me the chance to swap cities with a Belfast blogger, The Belfast Girl, for a day so that we could both experience the best of each other's cities, whilst also getting to enjoy the comfort of the Cairnryan to Belfast crossing. So, on Saturday morning I set off on a snowy drive down the Ayrshire coast to Cairnryan, approximately two hours from Glasgow, and boarded the ferry to Belfast.
The crossing was an absolute breeze, all I had to do was drive my car on and park up in the lower deck before heading upstairs and finding myself a comfy window seat in the Stena Plus lounge. I made the most of the drinks and snacks on offer (hello, shortbread!) and got lost in my book for the first part of the journey. When we were well and truly on our way, I climbed to the top deck and took in the views from the Sun Deck, albeit not quite so sunny, and had a nosey in the Pure Nordic Spa. Yup, a spa onboard a boat. Best. Thing. Ever. A bit of pampering never goes amiss, so I treated my slightly neglected nails to a fresh set of gels ready for the weekend ahead.