#DigitalNomadNI | Blog 088 | Downhill Beach, Northern Ireland

May 15, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

We've been coming to Downhill for years, but mainly to just chill out, not really spending that much time on it. That's always been the case until we purchased our latest motorhome, the Lunar Premier H622. A four-berth motorhome on a Renault chassis. Since buying it, we've noticed this beach offers a number of things we never thought about before such as:

  1. A strong WiFi signal, both on O2 and on EE (we use both for our digital nomad lifestyle)
  2. Toilet facilities (off the beach, but near the entrance) with clean drinking water
  3. A nearby cafe (Temple Cove)
  4. Dog bag and domestic waste disposal, both on and off the beach
  5. Overnight parking without restriction
  6. Outstanding views
  7. Super clean beach

Plus, there are shopping and fuel facilities not too far away in either direction. Compare this with Benone Beach

  1. No signal worth mentioning
  2. Toilet facilities (near the entrance)
  3. A coffee shop (take-away only)
  4. Limited waste disposal
  5. NO overnight parking (but people still do)
  6. Simple views of the sea
  7. Clean beach

The signal strength and the parking restrictions mean it's a 'No' from us when it comes to the very popular location of Benone. Back when Kathy and I got together, we would take the kids camping down there for days on end with our massive 9-man tent, and they loved it, that was all about the experience and making memories. But, they're all grown up and it's just down to the two of us with the dogs, Lucky and Milo. The kids just aren't interested in this lifestyle anymore, and point blank refuse to spend any time in the motorhome, which is fine I guess, means more room for us!

Droning and MotorhomingDroning and MotorhomingOne of the tools for documenting our nomadic life is the DJI Mini 3 Pro. One of the peculiar attractions to Downhill Beach is the recent phenomenon of 'Stuck-Car Watching' - Every day we've been here, without fail, there is always one driver who doesn't gauge the softness of the sand, and makes an attempt to drive through it and gets stuck. On one occasion, we counted 15 cars and I took the liberty of posting each and every one of them on my Instagram stories, and yes, in some of the more serious cases, I did assist in their recovery, I'm not a monster!

What's Happening With the VW?

The current update on the VW Camper is, we still have it, and we're going to be investing £1000 into its engine leak to satisfy those who come to purchase it. I'll also be having the timing belt and water pump changed, to double down on how solid this vehicle is. The interior is fantastic, and the bodywork is sound, just that little niggle of the oil leak needs resolved. Once that's done, it's going back on the market and I won't be taking any less than £8,000 for it.

The date it goes in for repairs/servicing is the 26th of May 2023, and then it goes back on the market with a video dedicated to the work that's been carried out and a full tour of what is in there to hopefully satisfy any would-be buyer.

In Other News

This motorhome has had a water leak issue since we purchased it, so we'll be leaving it off with the garage where we bought it, because, after a recent water pump repair, the water leak is now coming out from under the kitchen cabinets, which is a royal pain in the arse! It means we can't even flush the toilet without the dogs getting soaked, as it's near the kitchen where they sleep and spend most of their time. Everything is linked to that one water pump, the sinks, shower and the toilet!

Hopefully, it's repaired before our two-week break in England / Scotland which is coming up soon.

Anyway, just wanted to keep you all abreast of what's going on in our world, as well as this blog which I'll be back to update on a regular basis, the videos are starting to become more active again, with the latest video being published in the new playlist of New Adventures for 2023 - You'll see us experience life in the motorhome, traveling to new destinations and giving you an honest appraisal of what it was like being there, as well as updates on how we're getting on with this new motorhome.

Oh, and check out the video where I've reviewed these awesome URPRO camping chairs!

 


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