Arriving by car
Bangor is a Victorian sea-side town of approximately 70,000 people at the south end of Belfast Lough. The yacht club is situated in Ballyholme Bay which you can reach simply by driving straight through the town when you arrive. Drive down Main Street to the seafront (keep in the left hand lane) and turn right at the traffic lights, following the road along the coast until you reach Ballyholme Yacht Club. Please let us know when you are arriving and we can organise access to the dinghy park and tell you where to put trailers. Click on the map below for Google Maps.
If you have a Rib, you can either launch it at Bangor Marina or at the yacht club depending on when you arrive. More information will be posted closer to the event with a Rib Registration form. There will be a Rib trailer park organised as well – more information to follow.
Belfast has 2 airports if you want to fly in – the George Best (Belfast City) Airport which is 20 minutes away by car and has good train links, or the “Belfast International” Airport at Aldergrove which is approximately 60 minutes away by car. Both airports are served by lots of different airlines with direct flights from Europe or connections via the UK or elsewhere.
There is an airport coach from Belfast International Airport to Belfast city centre where you can get a train to Bangor. There are lots of hire car companies available at both airports.
You can also travel via Dublin airport which is 2 hours away and also has an Airport Coach link to Belfast city centre
There are 2 main ports in Northern Ireland – Belfast which is 30 minutes away and Larne which is about 60 minutes drive from Bangor. The main ferry companies are Stena Line and P&O who may offer packages or discounts which we will post on this page and on Facebook. Both companies have ferries to Cairnryan in Scotland which is the shortest crossing while Stena Line also offer a longer day or over night service to Liverpool.
There are many ferry companies who operate from the Great Britain mainland to Europe – via Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Some offer deals with ferries to Northern Ireland.
There are also ports in the Republic of Ireland – Dublin which is 2 hours away, Rosslaire is approximately 4 hours away and Cork which is 5 to 6 hours drive. The roads to Rosslaire and Cork are much improved in the last 10 years. Stena Line have ferries to Cherbourg and Roscoff in France while Irish Ferries run a ferry from Dublin to Cherbourg.