A ship from Troon to Belfast?
Currently false, but about to become true - as is a boat from Heysham to Northern Ireland's biggest city. Sea Containers (08705 523 523) is launching a twice-daily ferry between the Ayrshire port and Belfast on 29 April. A car plus five passengers costs pounds 125 for a three-day return. From the end of this month, there will be a service
from Heysham to Belfast at the same fares as for Troon.Bargain of the week 1
The freedom of Northern Ireland for pounds 3.
Northern Ireland Railways cannot boast an extensive network - Londonderry, Portrush, Larne and Newry are as far as you can get from Belfast - but it certainly offers the best deal of any British train company. On Sundays, you can travel anywhere on the 200-mile network for pounds 3. The only condition is that you start your journey before 3pm. Call 01232 899411.
Bargain of the week 2
England to Ireland for pounds 22.50.
This return fare to the centre of Dublin is readily available up to 2pm the day before departure. Three catches: you don't fly, you go by rail and sea, using the Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire fast ferry; two people have to travel together; and, for this fare, you have to start in Chester. Other fares are from Manchester (pounds 25.50), Birmingham (pounds 28), Newcastle (pounds 38) and London (pounds 33). Call 0990 455 455.Reuse content