Motorhome News News 11/05/2011

New Stena Ferries For Belfast Route

Ferry company Stena Lines will introduce two new ferries to its Stranraer-Belfast route this autumn. The ships, the Superfast VII and Superfast VIII, will replace the current HSS Stena Voyager, Stena Caledonia and Stena Navigator. The introduction of the Superfast VII and VIII will be timed to coincide with Stena’s move from its Stranraer facility to the new ferry port in Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan.

Each of the new ferries will be able to complete the journey from Cairnryan to Belfast in 2 hours 15 minutes and will carry up to 1,200 passengers and 110 lorries or 600 cars.

Loch Lomond Wild Camping Ban Confirmed

As I reported last year, wild camping alongside parts of Loch Lomond has now been banned in high season, due to the environmental damage, fires and litter being left behind by some campers in the area.

The new seasonal by-laws have now been ratified by the Scottish Government and come into effect on 1st June 2011:

  • 1st March – 31st Ocotber each year
  • No wild camping on the east side of the Loch between Drymen and Rowardennan (click here for map)
  • Fine of up to £500 for anyone caught breaching the ban
  • Area will be patrolled by Park Rangers and police officers
  • Ban applies to anyone wild camping in tents or other shelters outside of designated camping areas

£5,000 Prize For Best Wildlife Photo

Do you fancy your chances as a wildlife photographer? The British Wildlife Photography Awards exist to recognise the talents of wildlife photographers in the UK and give you the chance to win a cash prizes of up to £5,000.

The winners will have their photos immortalised in an impressive coffee table book published by The AA.

Entries close on 2nd June 2011. To enter and for more detailed information, visit