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

Randalstown Road, Antrim

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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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Antrim Town Historic Walking Tour

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, 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.  

-      Learn some of the interesting social history of the town.

We can facilitate large Group bookings (Max 30), please e mail info@belfastmictours.com for further info.  

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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 1.45 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 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 are currently capped at 14 participants as per current regulations.

- 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. 

- Belfast Mic Tours hold the current 2021 'Good To Go' Covid 19 compliant Certificate. (Can be viewed on request)

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Customer Ratings

★★★★★ Average Rating: 4.8 86 Ratings
  • ★★★★★5 The Best money my wife ever spent on me!

    The Maritime Mile tour just blew my mind! I thought I had nothing to learn but wow I know so much more now. Donal was a mind of information and his de…

    The Maritime Mile tour just blew my mind! I thought I had nothing to learn but wow I know so much more now. Donal was a mind of information and his delivery was knowledgeable and genuine. Can’t wait until the next one....thanks Donal

  • ★★★★★5 Highly recommended!
    Review by Garth M. in May 2021 - Ballynafeigh Walking Tour (Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

    Fascinating tour of the Ormeau / Ballynafeigh area. Donal was a great and interesting tour guide and it was wonderful to learn more about the history …

    Fascinating tour of the Ormeau / Ballynafeigh area. Donal was a great and interesting tour guide and it was wonderful to learn more about the history of this part of Belfast.

  • ★★★★★5 Ballynafeigh tiur
    Review by james e. in May 2021 - Ballynafeigh Walking Tour (Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

    Really good knowledgeable tour by a guide with lots of local knowledge! I’m from the area and learned loads that I had no idea about. Great stuff!

  • ★★★★★5 Very enjoyable
    Review by Iseult in Dec 2020 - Ballynafeigh Walking Tour (Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

    We just completed the Ormeau/ Ballynafeigh tour, and it was great. Donal and Rory were very friendly and knowledgeable, and excellent guides.

  • ★★★★★5 Interesting Walk on the Ormeau
    Review by Joanne P. in Dec 2020 - Ballynafeigh Walking Tour (Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

    Really enjoyed our evening walk up the Ormeau Road - Donal & Rory were excellent tour guides with vast local knowledge. Highly recommend!

  • ★★★★★5 Great Day Out
    Review by John C. in Nov 2020 - Ballynafeigh Walking Tour (Buy 3, 4th Goes Free)

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