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Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

United Kingdom

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★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.8 103 Ratings

Donal Kelly - Blue Badge Level 4 Guide
Walking/Cycle/Coach Guide

Hello there,

                  My name is Donal Kelly, I was born in Antrim Town about 18 miles outside Belfast but have lived in Belfast since 1990.

I hold the N.Ireland Blue Badge (Level 4) qualification, the highest accredited tour guiding qualification available in N.Ireland, and sit on the Executive of Tour Guides N. Ireland the local guiding association.

 I also have a professional qualification in Community Relations, and I am a qualified Cycle Instructor.

My backround includes 17 years in Aerospace, and working as an Outdoors Instructor, I was also involved with the 'Peace People' in Belfast, a local peace organisation in the early 1990's.

In 2012 I started working as part of the Visitor Experience Team at Titanic Belfast, and started delivering my own guided experiences in 2016, (Belfast Mic Tours).

I have a love and passion for Ireland North and South and Irish History and culture.

My area's of expertise include Titanic, Belfast's Maritime and Industrial Heritage, and interpretation of the N. Ireland 'Troubles' (Political Mural's, Peace Walls, history and legacy of the Troubles).

I was also a 'Game of Thrones' extra in Seasons 1&2 playing mostly Lannisters, and fought for the Lannisters in the Battle of Blackwater Bay (Season 2).

Most of the fiming of this iconic TV show took place in various locations throughout N. Ireland, the most dramatic being the stunning Causeway Coast. (I am happy show you some of these locations and teach you the sword routine I was taught for the show).   

So I am available for half or a full day, I can offer custom walking/cycle tours or I can join you in a hire car or I can arrange a luxury minibus for your group. 

I am also happy to pre-book Tea/Coffee stops, Lunch stops, pre-book entrance slots for visitor experiences and organise any other activities.

Click on the 'Ask a Question' link for further details and a customised quote.

Cheers

Donal  

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Beginning at the lower gates of Ormeau Park closest to the Bridge we take you on a fascinating  journey through the history of Ballynafeigh from its origins with the Donegall family to recent times when it is now seen by many as a 'Model' community of religious and ethnic tolerance and co-operation.

We will highlight some of the landmark buildings and tell you about some of the significant events, and of course stories of local people who  have helped shape the character of Ballynafeigh.

The tour will take approx 1.5 hours beginning at the Ormeau Park Gates and ending at the Rosetta Roundabout/Carolan Road.

We use a state of the art radio system to ensure safe distancing which is sanitised before and after use, and provide hand sanitiser and wipes.  

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  • Per Person $16.57* Single ticket for the Ballynafeigh tour

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Terms & Conditions

To meet current Covid-19 requirements the tour is conducted entirely outside and to adhere to distancing requirements a radio system is used. Participants are advised to bring their own personal earphones, though a single ear piece can be provided which is sanitised before and after use. Hand sanitiser is also available for participants, , in line with current regulations, anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms should not book onto the tour.

  • Participants must be able to walk for up to 2 hours on flat ground using mostly walking/cycle paths , the walking tour is wheelchair accessible (footpaths and ramped area's) but participants are strongly advised to wear comfortable foot ware and dress appropriately for the weather, NB. The tour takes place outside so  warm clothing and waterproofs are essential.
  • All participants under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (18 or over).
  • Tours will go ahead rain or shine, if Belfast Mic Tours deems the weather to be unsuitable for tours, they will contact participants beforehand and a re-schedule or refund will be offered. NB. Refunds will only be offered if tours are cancelled by Belfast Mic Tours.
  • Participants thought to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or behaving aggressively or abusively will not be permitted on the tour and will not be offered a refund.
  • Dogs are welcome though must be kept on a lead at all times and owners will be responsible for them and cleaning up after them (In line with local Bylaws). 

Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour time to allow for the handing out radio sets and briefing.

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Customer Ratings

★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.8 103 Ratings
  • ★★★★4 Great walking tour.
    Review by Anona C. in Sep 2022 - Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

    Professional, well informed guides made this a really enjoyable experience. We all knew Ballynafeigh well but found out lots of interesting facts and …

    Professional, well informed guides made this a really enjoyable experience. We all knew Ballynafeigh well but found out lots of interesting facts and information that we didn't know. The tour was aided by having our own individual headsets so could hear everything despite being on the move and the traffic. Thanks Donal and Rory would highly recommend the tour.

  • ★★★★★5 Excellent
    Review by Kristian Murphy in Sep 2022 - Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

    The tour and guides were brilliant. They really knew their stuff. And despite it lashing down, they didn't falter and were always consciences of our s…

    The tour and guides were brilliant. They really knew their stuff. And despite it lashing down, they didn't falter and were always consciences of our safety

  • ★★★★★5 Amazing Tour - will be recommending to everyone!
    Review by Olivia B. in Jul 2022 - Lagan Legends Walking Tour (Min Rates Apply)

    Donal was fantastic! So friendly, knowledgeable and interactive. Excellent pace and range of cover of topics. Did with my mum, sister and sister in la…

    Donal was fantastic! So friendly, knowledgeable and interactive. Excellent pace and range of cover of topics. Did with my mum, sister and sister in law as a little pre wedding treat. Really enjoyable! Perfect mix of historical facts and pop references.

  • ★★★★★5 Wonderful Morning! Interesting Info! Super Guide!
    Review by Anne M. in Apr 2022 - Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

    Donal was super - interesting, informative, personable, friendly and adaptable… The tour is professionally run and Donal was careful to make sure w…

    Donal was super - interesting, informative, personable, friendly and adaptable… The tour is professionally run and Donal was careful to make sure we were safe when crossing roads etc… Highly recommended!

  • ★★★★★5 A great day out,
    Review by Karen M. in Mar 2022 - Antrim/N'Abbey Borough Coach Tour

    Great day out with an experienced guide and a driver taking the hassle out of travelling. Each stop was well worth exploring and we discovered a lot a…

    Great day out with an experienced guide and a driver taking the hassle out of travelling. Each stop was well worth exploring and we discovered a lot about areas very close to home which we normally ignore. Thank you.

  • ★★★★★5 Hidden gems is right!
    Review by Deborah G. in Mar 2022 - Antrim/N'Abbey Borough Coach Tour

    A really interesting mix of historical sites from the round tower on Antrim to the castle gardens up to present day internationally recognised eel fi…

    A really interesting mix of historical sites from the round tower on Antrim to the castle gardens up to present day internationally recognised eel fishing industry on Lough Neagh with an equal mix of expert, knowledgeable and friendly guides . It made me want to go back for more!