I honestly think that this is a must see during a visit to London, especially if you are lucky enough to enjoy good weather during your stay. It is a real delight to enjoy a beer while watching all the big ships passing by. It is an idyllic spot attached to the Tower Bridge!
Oban is a nice fishing village on the Scottish west coast. This is a famous tourist spot for the UK, serves as a vacation villa and as a stop on many trips back and forth to the Highlands. It's also a starting point for ferries to the Isle of Mull. A highly recommended visit, and you should walk the coastline for wonderful views.
Located in the port area of Belfast is a not to be missed tourist destination. This is the construction site of the Titanic, the famous ocean liner that sank in the tragedy of 1912. The site has become a popular tourist destination, and nowadays is full of vintage images that depict not only the ship but also the era of its construction.
On our trip to the Island of Mull, one of the Inner Hebrides islands that is famous, we came to Oban Ferry Terminal, one of the busiest ports and were impressed by the size of the terminal connection - many daily ferries arrive and depart from this area. There was an impressive variety and efficient service, but be careful, in winter it is recommended to book by phone or via the web, as we run the risk of not finding the best boat or go on waiting list, which can be a little frustrating, but even on the list, efficiency is remarkable. One of the ferry terminals to keep in mind if your destination is either Hebrides island or the west coast of Scotland.
Stonehaven, in the south of Aberdenn, has always been a town linked closely to the sea and coastal activities. The old fishing port still retains it's operations and was remodeled a few years ago and soon became the real center and social hub of the village. It is a really beautiful location worth stopping by, even more worth a stay and eat. The selection of restaurants specializing in seafood is just awesome. Seafood is the specialty of the area, famous for it's cuisine and the quality of the local seafood. From this port, looking to the north coast, the views of the village are lovely, especially if it is a clear day and at sunset. Stonehaven is a beautiful place, more than the famous Dunnottar Castle, and this is due to this beautiful historic harbor.
Godalming pier is located in southern England in the eponymous town, on the banks of the river Wey. It's one of the busiest piers in Surrey. Although it's tiny, the amount of traffic and the large number of moorings makes it interesting for the people of Godalming and the region in general. It's a key point for captains (although it's odd for me to call sailors captains on these calm waters) because it allows them to anchor somewhere in between for a tour of the region. Around the pier, there is always a long line of moored boats, whose owners are walking in Godalming, playing golf or eating at one of the many pubs in the surrounding area.
Although at first glance it seems like a nautical petrol station, the Farncombe Boat House offers much more than that. Set on the banks of River Way, between the towns of Guildford and Godalming, it is located next to one of the oldest locks the region called the Catteshall Lock. The station also offers rentals, moorings, several excursions and meals in a nice bistro. The boats you can rent are motor boats that are typical elongated and made only for navigation channels, and canoes. For people who do not have permits to operate a boat, tours are offered including a captain that will take you through the channel for a set number of hours and price. It can be an interesting option for a group of 6 or more, because the boat has a small deck area and rooms inside. Tours are a good option in both winter and summer, as the interiors are comfortable and warm, while outside may be rainy.
The Trowers Bridge is over the River Trowers in England, on the section that connects the towns of Guildford and Godalming. It is a small bridge almost covered now by vegetation but has a long history. Built between 1760 and 1782, it was probably the entrance to the large estate of Unstead Park. The bridge is made of red brick produced in the region (the vast majority of buildings in England are made of red brick, a material that is made from the raw material from British quarries). Across the bridge is an old tannery, the largest community back in the nineteenth century. It has over 600 cavities for the treatment of animal skins in order to make them suitable for use (certain skins needs treatments lasting up to two years in duration).
Porlock is a pretty seaside village on the coast of Somerset. It's very quiet and has two developments, the first is Porlock itself, and the second is Porlock Weir. The sea offers a lovely fishing port with coloured boats and cliffs in the distance, just like a postcard. To reach Portlock, it's best to rent a car from Bristol or Taunton, so you can drive along the coast of Somerset and Devon, which has even more charm and villages. Porlock is quite popular with tourists, and several writers have described it in their novels. There is a small tourist office in town, but it's run by a volunteer and only has a few resources. The office sells typical regional products, like strawberry jam. The beach at Porlock Weir is very nice in the summer, but it's still in England! Bury Castle is on the east side of town. It's a fortification from the old Iron Age built by people from this region during that era, 8000 years ago. The region that is now Porlock beach used to be 7 kilometres from the coast, but over the years, the sea has risen a lot because the land is very flat.
Southport Pier is the second longest in England. First opened in 1860, with an initial length of 3600 feet (1 km approx.) and then extended to 4380 feet (1.3 km approx) in 1868, this dock is beautiful and vast. It has suffered numerous setbacks: beatings, fire ... But the biggest blow was to reduce it again to 3650 feet (1 km.). Walking along the pier is fantastic, the sunsets are wonderful. It enjoys a vastness that physically collides with Ireland. Gorgeous. Open every day except Christmas Day and, if we get tired, there is a train that runs. Do not miss it, it is AMAZING.
The tniy port of Portree, the former place where the fishing tradition was the capital income of Skye, still has the charm of a traditional port. Today its use is mixed, since in its calm waters we see moored boats or sports and fishing boats. The waters next to the port and the island in general are renowned for being full of fish, shellfish and mollusc . What can be done with some time in the vicinity of this port is seeing the ships that dock and unload the day's catch, much for consumption and sale. They unload the boxes to manually catch either a van or owners of the restaurants, specializing in seafood (the best area to enjoy these products in Portree ). In an age where everything is so contemporary, sometimes, it is a real pleasure to see an art and as traditional work, in a landscape so beautiful, as is the harbor of Portree.
Fionnphort is firstly a little town, but stands out as the 2nd most important port of the Isle of Mull, with ferries to the Isle of Iona and Staffa Island, both known as Holy Island for events in its history that they relate to the Celtic saints, but Catholics. The village is small, but reminiscent of another era, based primarily on fishing and tourists, but they are forced to stop there. The port is no big deal, and the journey is 12 minutes, but the scenery is lovely and hopefully you can see dolphins swimming along the boat, whether they be for passengers or for ferries. Be aware in the off-season, as the cold temperature and wind in this area can be incredible and surprising.
Once in Fionnphort, we took the ferry twelve minutes to get to the island of Iona. A small ferry with special characteristics took us right to the dock of Iona to reach a concrete ramp built along the beach. The bow (front of ship) was where we exited the ferry and there the vehicles and passengers walk down a ramp that lifts the boat, leaving the stern afloat, while the boat floats back ... A most ingenious idea. I recommend sitting on the deck during this mini cruise, though you may have to endure inclement weather, but it gives you the opportunity to see dolphins, which are the most common, seals (when they decide to show up) and with a little more luck whales. It is a brief ride but hopefully can be as intense as interesting!
Glasson is a pretty fishing village located between the River Lune and the sea, in the north of England, near Lancaster. The pier was opened in 1878, as a new development in the area. It offered an alternative to long boats which could not get to drop their goods in Lancaster. Then they built a canal to allow passage, and Glasson stopped being a leisure port. In 1837, when Queen Victoria came to the throne, they began building boats in Glasson. One was in the film Hispaniola about treasure island. Now you can go fishing, rest for a few days, and there are many people who come with caravans or to camp here, the weather is nice but the sea is very cold! There are many bike paths, which they promote a lot, and motorists are quite careful of people who are on foot or bike. For lunch, there is a selection of pubs where you can eat delicious fish and chips, or a hot dish of meat and potatoes. The canal is now used as a marina, and people come to fish here at the weekends. The port remains an active port, but only for fishing, but the industrial part of the docks no longer exist. The whole area is preserved, and there are lots of birds.
At one end of the Kinghorn village, before reaching Pettycure Bay, lies a small fishing port. Remnants of activities that in the past were certainly vital for the town and its inhabitants. Today it is less important as the largest source of revenue is summer tourism. The small size of the port causes waves to crash over the protective walls. It's very cold but the charm of this little area in a small town is great.
The separation between South and North Shields is due to the entrance of river Tyne, navigable until just over to Newcastle, and it there becomes the port of Tyne, which is convenient for business (as most important English port are in the north) and tourists, even though there are two daily ferries between this port and the port of Amsterdam. The areas surrounding the harbor have lovely beaches, dunes, monuments, but I wanted to highlight the connection between the two countries, and I've come to see that it is not all that known and I think it's interesting to plan trips that are a bit different, such as this one. Newcastle, Sunderland and the Tyne are a different option to the norm in the North of England.
There are two key elements in Lossiemouth, its beach and its harbour. Both locations provide a lot of charm to this area. Today the port of Lossiemouth is used for commercial reasons and for sport and it is a pleasant place to stroll or have a drink, especially in the evenings, around sunset. However, in the past it had a very important role, as it was the nearest sea port to Elgin, with all that that entails: supplying fish, transportation of heavy materials and transporting people, giving the town of Lossiemouth notable importance in the Moray area. Which it obviously no longer has. This is what causes the port to be used today for a mix of commercial and recreational reasons. It is a place to visit and when we visit Lossiemouth, it is now quiet and one of the best areas in the town to relax, drink, stroll or just watch the sea.