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"A dander round the town" - Antrim walking Tour

Randalstown Road, Antrim

Available all year

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Antrim Town Historic Walking Tour

** Scheduled Tours have finished for the season, please e mail info@belfastmictours.com or ring 07563167521 if you would like to book a private tour ** (See prices below)

Over the 1.45 hours of gentle walking you will learn about the origins of the town and hear stories of the founding family the Clotworthy/Masereene’s and see the birthplace (Pogues Entry) of the town’s most famous son, author Alexander Irvine. You will also walk in the footprints of the 1798 United Irishmen and hear how the famous ‘Battle of Antrim’ unfolded.  


Highlights of the Tour   

Approx. 1.5 hours duration, numbers limited to 14, a ‘state of the art’ radio system is used, route is on paths and pavements, with gentle gradients and is fully accessible. Tours begin and end at Clotworthy House. Participants must arrive 15 mins before the tour start time. Tours will go ahead rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.

    .      Walk through the beautiful restored gardens

·     Access to historic Pogues Entry  

·     Walk in the footsteps of the 1798 insurgents and crown forces and hear how the dramatic ‘Battle of Antrim’ played out on     the streets of Antrim.    

·     Hear fascinating stories of the Clotworthy / Massereene family and the founding of the town.  

What is the duration of the Antrim Historic Walking Tour? 

Typically, a tour will last for around 1.45 hours.  

How much does the Tour cost? 

The tour costs £12 per person for the scheduled seasonal tours or £75.00 for a car group based on 5 people, or a group rate of £140.00 based on a group of 6 - 14 people. (NB. Min price for a private tour is £75.00).  

Can you facilitate large group bookings?

Currently due to the Covid 19 situation we can only accomodate a maximum of 14.

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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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Terms & Conditions

BELFAST MIC N HIKE TERMS AND CONDITIONS


GENERAL

1.    Tours are 'Dog Friendly', dog owners will be responsible for their animals behaviour at all times, all dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, and dog owners will be expected to clean up after their dogs in line with local regulations.

2.    Tours will begin on time, participants must arrive 15 mins before the scheduled time.

3.    Belfast Mic Tours reserve the right to change the route, start/finish locations and scheduled stops, the reasons for changes may include ‘Special Events’,‘Parades’, ‘Festivals’, ‘Outdoor Concerts’ or weekend closing. We will give notice of changes via the Website (Latest News) or during the safety brief before the tour begins.

4.    Tours will take place come ‘rain or shine’, participants are advised to check the local weather forecasts, and have suitable clothing for inclement weather even in the summer months. 


Cancellations

1.   Tours may be cancelled due to 'Extreme' weather conditions, or other factors outside the control of 'Belfast Mic Tours' in this instance participants will be contacted as soon as reasonably possible and a full refund or re-schedule offered.


PAYMENT TERMS

1.    Payments will be applied at the time of booking.

2.    Full payment is due before commencement of tour.


PRIVACY POLICY

Your information will not be disclosed to any third party and will only be used for the purpose of this website or in relation to Track and Trace Covid-19 Regulations.


MIN/MAX NUMBERS

1.    In light of the recent Covid-19 outbreak it is preferred that people from the same 'Social Bubble'  come on the tour, though we can cater for participants from different social groups using our radio system to ensure safe distancing, to make the tours financially viable we must insist on a minimum of 6 participants.

2.   The maximum No on any tour will be 14.


ACCESSIBILITY

Tours are accessible for wheel chairs and mobility scooters, participants must be able to travel at a reasonable walking pace. 

 

MEDICAL CONDITIONS

1.   Participants should make the tour leader aware of any existing medical conditions (See Covid-19 Protocols below) before the tour begins. The tour leader will decide if the participant can proceed with the tour, based on the information presented to them.

2.   All participants will be expected to walk at a reasonable rate for approx 1.5 hours, most of the routes are on paths and mostly on flat ground.

3.   No refund will be given for participants who are deemed by the Tour Leader to be unfit to proceed with the tour.


ALCOHOL & DRUGS

1.   If a participant is deemed to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs and therefore a risk to themselves and others, they will not be permitted to take part in the tour, no refund will be given.


UNDER 18’S

1.   Participants under 18 must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult (18 or over). The responsible adult must also ensure that under 18’s in their care have fully understood the Health & Safety briefing.


LOSS AND DAMAGE

1.   Belfast Mic Tours will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal items, valuables or clothing during the tour, participants will be expected to manage the security of all personal belongings for the duration of the tour.


MANAGING EXPECTATION

1.   Belfast Mic Tours will endeavour to exceed the expectation of participants during the tour and provide an enjoyable and memorable experience, but it or its agents cannot be held responsible for circumstances outside its control, and for any deviation in the planned route or access to buildings or other ‘areas of interest’.


FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS

1.   All participants will be expected to follow all reasonable instructions given to them by the tour leader. Any participants thought by the tour leader to be disregarding reasonable instructions given to them and thus endangering themselves or others will be asked to leave the tour. In this instance no refund will be given.


LIABILITY

I understand that participating in a walking tour may involve risks. I accept these risks and obligations.I release Belfast Mic Tours from any liabilities connected to these risks to the maximum extent permitted by law.I also agree that all persons in this booking also understand all of the conditions outlined.


Covid 19 Protocols

In line with current best practice in the UK Tourism Industry (July 2020) the following protocols now apply to all Belfast Mic Tours guided tours - 

- Anyone currently experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms should not book onto a tour.

- Participants will be expected to physically distance themselves at least 2M from anyone outside their own household or social bubble, our radio system provided should ensure this happens.  

- Belfast Mic Tours will provide alcohol hand sanitiser and sanitiser wipes for the use of participants.

- Walking tours will be capped at 14 participants.

- Our radio system, ear pieces and receiver units are sanitised before and after each tour, participants  are also welcome to bring their own (In ear) personal earphones. 

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Customer Ratings

★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.8 58 Ratings
  • ★★★★★5 Great Day Out
    Review by John C. in Nov 2020 - 'Out on the Road' Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

    I really enjoyed the experience of learning some local history. The tour guides were great fun as well I highly recommend it.

  • ★★★★★5 Interesting tour
    Review by Paul Moyna in Nov 2020 - 'Out on the Road' Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

    We really enjoyed the tour learning about the Ballynafeigh area. Rory and Donal are great banter and are full of information on this area. Great way t…

    We really enjoyed the tour learning about the Ballynafeigh area. Rory and Donal are great banter and are full of information on this area. Great way to explore the neighbourhood. Cheers lads

  • ★★★★★5 Talktastic
    Review by Paul Curran in Nov 2020 - 'Out on the Road' Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

    It was great to hear so much local history and information that neither I nor my friends knew. We're already planning the next one.

  • ★★★★★5 Highly recommended Ballynafeigh walking tour.
    Review by Stevie J in Nov 2020 - 'Out on the Road' Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

    Fascinating walking tour of Ballynafeigh with Tiny Tours this morning. Loved hearing about the founding of Rosario Football Club in 1912, the original…

    Fascinating walking tour of Ballynafeigh with Tiny Tours this morning. Loved hearing about the founding of Rosario Football Club in 1912, the original Pavilion, Errigle and Parador bars. And of course, the beautiful churches. Highly recommended!

  • ★★★★★5 Ballynafeigh Walking Tour
    Review by Mary D. in Nov 2020 - 'Out on the Road' Ballynafeigh Walking Tour

    This was a really informative and enjoyable tour. I had reservations as to how this could work with proper distancing. The sound quality provided by t…

    This was a really informative and enjoyable tour. I had reservations as to how this could work with proper distancing. The sound quality provided by the radio equipment was superb so there were no issues. Both guides, Rory and Donal, we’re knowledgeable and engaging. I would definitely recommend this tour.

  • ★★★★★5 Excellent
    Review by Ian C. in Nov 2020 - Lagan Legends Walking Tour

    A very entertaining and informative tour. Highly recommended.