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Ballynafeigh Walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

United Kingdom

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★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.8 83 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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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, and group numbers are capped at 14 per tour, 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 83 Ratings
  • ★★★★4 Great tour!

    We loved the tour and the guide. Donal was fantastic and had so much great stuff to say. The only thing I didn’t love was having to bring our own bi…

    We loved the tour and the guide. Donal was fantastic and had so much great stuff to say. The only thing I didn’t love was having to bring our own bikes. We used the Belfast bikes bike share thing but had trouble getting bikes so we were quite late for the tour and had to track down the group at the Titanic museum. Then on our way back (luckily at the very end of the tour) my bike got a flat. The tour itself was great though!

  • ★★★★★5 Antrim Town Historical tour.
    Review by Stephen McCracken in Oct 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

    Brilliant tour, I actually had to take it twice. From the battle of antrim too two the American Civil war burials, this tour really holds the inqusiit…

    Brilliant tour, I actually had to take it twice. From the battle of antrim too two the American Civil war burials, this tour really holds the inqusiitive persons attention. A great guide is always half the battle won.

  • ★★★★4 Girls day out with a difference
    Review by Fiona Skilling in Oct 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

    Absolutely loved it. Very interesting got to know a lot of things I didn't know about. Our wee town. Very informative. Couldn't get a better guide as …

    Absolutely loved it. Very interesting got to know a lot of things I didn't know about. Our wee town. Very informative. Couldn't get a better guide as our Donal. Fun, witty. Very professional. Loved the last story at the end.

  • ★★★★★5 Singing in the rain
    Review by Heidi Blackwood in Oct 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

    ......well not exactly singing, but when the rain and thunder came on, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm. A great afternoon learning lots we didn’t …

    ......well not exactly singing, but when the rain and thunder came on, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm. A great afternoon learning lots we didn’t know about our own home town! Thank you so much for the insightful commentary and photos of Olde Antrim.

  • ★★★★★5 I would highly recommend this tour to everyone.
    Review by Eileen McVey in Jul 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

    This tour is well organised and the programme is well scheduled. The tour guide, born and reared in Antrim, has a complete understanding of the histor…

    This tour is well organised and the programme is well scheduled. The tour guide, born and reared in Antrim, has a complete understanding of the history of Antrim. Interim questions were all handled promptly and thoroughly. The history was very interesting to hear. The walk itself is neither arduous or tiring.

  • ★★★★★5 Above and beyond

    We had an amazing time on this tour. Donal is an outstanding guide. He knows the history of the city and tailored some of the stops to our interests, …

    We had an amazing time on this tour. Donal is an outstanding guide. He knows the history of the city and tailored some of the stops to our interests, which was very thoughtful of him. The audio quality on the mic is excellent. We were able to have descriptions almost continuously during our bike ride. The city bikes were comfortable. This was the perfect way to spend the day in Belfast.