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RORY'S Lower Ormeau Road Walking Tour

Sun 15 Aug – Sun 31 Oct 2021

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Experienced guide in NI, covers historical, political, maritime and industrial tours in Belfast and the North Coast of Northern Ireland.

My name is Rory O’Kane and I am a qualified tour guide and a member of Tour Guides Northern Ireland. I have been involved in the Travel and Tourism industry for 35 years as a travel agent, a holiday representative abroad and a tour guide. I have worked with some of the biggest companies such as Thomas Cook, Airtours, Expedia and Titanic Belfast where I received an award for outstanding customer service from the CEO.

My tours are designed to meet the needs and interests of my clients. I presently lead walking and coach tours of Belfast’s historical, political, maritime and industrial past; I am a ‘step on coach’ guide or where transport is required I am happy to arrange a private driver or a private hire coach company to suit all budgets.

My Causeway Coastal tour is a full day travelling along the most scenic route in the world. We pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty with ample photo stops along the way, giving you an opportunity to create everlasting memories of your trip. 

This tour is very personal to me as I grew up in the scenic seaside resort of Ballycastle and it was my late father who coined the phrase “The Causeway Coast”.

My tours are designed to go in line with my mission statement. “KEEP COMING BACK”

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Following on from the very popular "Out On The Road" Ballynafeigh Walking Tour which was launched by me (RORY) and my colleague DONAL in September 2020,  I now offer this new route which complements and extends the coverage of this area of Belfast. 

Beginning at the Gas Works building, an iconic landmark with a rich history, the tour explores the murals, the architecture, the troubled past and fascinating people who have made this place their home.

Many hours of research have gone into packaging a detailed, informative , interesting and well-balanced account of the area with a mix of cultural, political and social references with stories and anecdotes which combine to paint the picture in an informative and entertaining way.

With all its current diversity of culture, the Ormeau Road offers so much for locals and visitors to discover on this tour; from its industrial past through conflict to its regeneration into the thriving thoroughfare which it has now become. Be sure to stay around and sample the amazing hospitality available on this award-winning Ormeau Road.

Now get your walking shoes on and come and join me !




Some of the highlights include;

  • The Gas Works
  • McConnell's Weir
  • Lagan Towpath
  • St Malachy's Mural
  • An Droichead
  • Havelock House
  • Corrs' Mural
  • Hatfield House
  • The Holylands
  • Ormeau Bridge

The tour will last approximately 90 minutes.

Tours begin at the Gas Works Entrance on the Gasworks Path which is directly opposite Ormeau Avenue on the Ormeau Road as indicated above on the map.

The tour begins at 12 noon.

Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time.

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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 Rorystoursni 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 Rorystoursni.
  • 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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★★★★★ Average Rating: 5 1 Rating
  • ★★★★★5 Wonderful tour topped off with a lovely pint
    Review by Enya M. in Sep 2021 - RORY'S Lower Ormeau Road Walking Tour

    Myself and my partner booked this walking tour on our week off as a way of learning about the local area. The tour is a fantastic way to connect with …

    Myself and my partner booked this walking tour on our week off as a way of learning about the local area. The tour is a fantastic way to connect with the Lower Ormeau Road area and to gain a strong understating of the who, what and where of the Gas Works. I would highly recommended this quirky tour as this is an area of Belfast we had always walked through, but, knew so little about! Additionally, we are going to pair this tour with the upper Ormeau Road tour, to really learn about the whole area. Sometimes, it's lovely to act like a tourist on your own doorstep :)