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Donal Kelly - Blue Badge Level 4 Guide

Walking/Cycle/Coach Guide

★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.8 84 Ratings

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  

Customer Ratings

★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.8 84 Ratings
  • ★★★★★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.

  • ★★★★★5 Bet you didn’t know this but Antrim had.......
    Review by Debby Cushenan in Jul 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

    I thought I knew everything but was I in for a surprise! Fantastic tour taken by Antrim man Donal Kelly.....adding in insights from his own years of g…

    I thought I knew everything but was I in for a surprise! Fantastic tour taken by Antrim man Donal Kelly.....adding in insights from his own years of growing up in Antrim. If you haven’t already taken the tour get booking now, you won’t be disappointed.

  • ★★★★★5 A gem of a tour with something for everyone.

    Lovely walking tour of Antrim town including the beautiful Castle gardens. Learnt about the 1798 Rebellion and Antrim's historic ladies including a '…

    Lovely walking tour of Antrim town including the beautiful Castle gardens. Learnt about the 1798 Rebellion and Antrim's historic ladies including a 'Lady Diana' and 'My lady of the chimney corner'. A gem of a tour with something for everyone.

  • ★★★★★5 I would absolutely highly recommend Donals Tour.
    Review by Stephen McCracken in Jun 2019 - Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

    Absolutely brilliant historical/modern tour of Antrim. From Metalica to Alexander Irvings best selling book the tour caters for so many. He did and sh…

    Absolutely brilliant historical/modern tour of Antrim. From Metalica to Alexander Irvings best selling book the tour caters for so many. He did and showed us a great account of the Battle of Antrim which happened in 1798. I would absolutely highly recommend Donals Tour.

  • ★★★★★5 Our walking tour of Belfast was excellent .
    Review by Mary Cullen in Sep 2018 - Belfast Mic N Hike Walking Tour

    Donal Kelly was informed and very knowledgeable. He made allowances for one of our party who was unable to walk as quickly as the rest of us and the t…

    Donal Kelly was informed and very knowledgeable. He made allowances for one of our party who was unable to walk as quickly as the rest of us and the two hours seemed very short! As a native of Belfast I found his tour particularly interesting and I have no hesitation in recommending him whether you are a local or a tourist! The Mic system works very well and makes it very easy for the whole party to keep up with the commentary. Mary

  • ★★★★★5 Donal’s MicnHike tour is by far my favourite
    Review by Chloe in May 2018 - Belfast Mic N Hike Walking Tour

    Of all the tours I have been on, Donal’s MicnHike tour is by far my favourite. Donal offers a comprehensive and enlightening tour, that stretches ou…

    Of all the tours I have been on, Donal’s MicnHike tour is by far my favourite. Donal offers a comprehensive and enlightening tour, that stretches out over the quarters in the city. As someone who has worked in the tourism industry for a number of years, Donal’s tour surprised and delighted me as I learned more about my home city than I could have possibly imagined. Suitable not only for tourists but locals as well, MicnHike teaches you of the deep, rich cultural history that Belfast has to offer – seeing places that you’ve known your whole life through a different lens. I cannot recommend Donal’s tour enough to those wanting the full Belfast experience.

Tours Offered

Lagan Legends Cycle Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

Enjoy a fabulous guided cycle tour along the historic Belfast Maritime Mile and learn its secrets and legends. (Summer Offer Pay for 3, 4th goes Free)

Belfast Mic N Hike Walking Tour

Enjoy a unique guided walking tour along the River Lagan and the city centre, where you will hear the fascinating stories of Belfast's maritime/indust…

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

Walking tour along the historic River Lagan Belfast, one of the worlds iconic maritime locations.

Bespoke Custom Guided Experiences

Book Donal Kelly - experienced local tour guide, Donal can customise a guided experience to your own interests and time constraints, ring or e mail fo…

Antrim Town walking Tour (Sumr Offer Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

Guided walking tour of historic Antrim town lasting approx 1.45 hours, starting and finishing at Clotworthy House.

Battle of Antrim Anniversary Tour

Battle of Antrim (1798) Anniversary Tour

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

Enjoy a walk along the Ormeau Road from Ormeau Park to the Rosetta Roundabout learning the facsinating history of Ballynafeigh along the way.

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