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Guided Tours Ireland/Armagh Guided Tours Wishing you all a Happy & Healthy New Year

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Wishing you all a Happy Healthy 2022 and many thanks for your continued support in 2021.
I’m always keen to move forward and see what the new year has to bring. Plans are already in place for many of you to visit in 2022 if the Covid situation allows you. This I appreciate.



I know that many of you have taken a lot more time to think and share thoughts on that long held dream to visit the homeland of your ancestors.
With small family groups we certainly can create a lot of happy memories, visit townlands, graveyards, family homes all together and jointly share our love for the ancestral places of what shaped us today.

Living on an island I am always drawn to the edge and tours around the famous Antrim Coastline are not to be missed………a walk along the headlands and a paddle in the ocean bring out the child in all of us. Ancient Celtic settlements tell us of our early ancestors while castles and churches reveal our more recent history.

Good food and accommodation are very important and as a keen cook and farmer’s wife my love of local produce is key to fully embracing life here. Picnic hampers are certainly very popular and ideal for large family groups.

Choosing where to lay your hat is also very important when travelling as a family. I will be out on the road shortly to chat with my favourite hotels, B & B’s and restaurants………..ohh lots more good food to experience!

From my Ferguson Family here at Beechlodge Farm, Armagh, Northern Ireland I wish you and all those you love dearly a Happy Healthy 2022.
Best Wishes

Barbara (Biddy)
PS Do hope you enjoy my own personal amateur “seasons” video. Pictures were taken by me on my phone. They reflect the changes in landscape around my farm here in County Armagh and a trip to County Fermanagh. May help you decide what season you would like to visit.

 

Better Days Are Coming.....................

Life here in Northern Ireland is certainly looking good.  I have had my Covid "jab" and all of NI will be vacinated by the end of Spring; thanks to our wonderful Health Service plus lots and lots of amazing volunteers.  Those of us in tourism have been "zooming" every week; sharing ideas and working together to provide you with that holiday of a lifetime with us here in Northern Ireland. 

Uppermost in our conversation is reassuring you of our attention to hygiene detail and safety during your holiday with us.  With all aspects of care covered all those in the tourism industry will be accredited with the "GOOD TO GO" certificate. We are excited that travel throughout Northern Ireland will almost certainly be up and running June/July 2021.  

 I will shortly start travelling around my small country of Northern Ireland checking out quirky accommodation with a twist of local character, enjoy lots of traditional food like soda and wheaten bread and possibly a rack of lamb with cabbage and potato!

While the top attractions in the world are here there certainly is a lot more to see and experience when you wander off the beaten track. To get a true sense of how we live, talk, work and enjoy our wee country you really don't have to travel more than a couple of miles off from the famous UNESCO Giant's Causeway - you just need to know where!

So chat with me and I will share my thoughts and even suggest we travel the route together to meet the locals and share their love of this land and question me on our complicated if not a tad interesting history! We can travel either by car, motor van or coach depending on numbers.

To start your journey plan I have attached a map of Ireland with Northern Ireland tucked up on the North East. This will give you an idea of some of the main cities and towns within Northern Ireland.

Remember.................landscape, daylight hours, temperatures, all change with the seasons!

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WALK & TALK GROUP TOUR  IDEAS FOR 2022

I have planned a wide range of  new local interesting “easy”
Walk & Talk Tours for 2022
within Armagh City and Rural Trails
around County Armagh.

WALKING HOLIDAYS 2022

 As an experienced local Tour Guide I am here to share my local knowledge, stories and personal care when it comes to arranging your 2022 travels.

Suggested themes for groups/family tours –

Nature Lovers ….. of the beaten track seasonal rural beauty trails.

History Buffs …..dip into centuries of stories of people/buildings/lifestyle of our past

Foodies ………….enjoy the stories and flavours of local produce on and off the farm.

For Families …..organised group activity; exploring and discovering.

Apple Blossom (early May) …..walking road trail in the heart of the orchards.

•  Tours can be half day, full day or several days and all are classed as “easy” walking professionally guided tours.

•  I can recommended suitable accommodation and restaurants.

•  The use of audio systems also available.

If you would like to discuss further do not hesitate to contact me (Barbara)

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Mobile 07740 511442

PLEASE NOTE All Covid regulations will be strictly adhered to. Numbers will be within the Government guidelines at time of tour. .

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O'Connor Coaches
"With Barbara as our regular Coach Guide for the past 4 years our business has grown extensively with her input. Thanks Barbara."

Dungannon Probus Club
"Great day out."

Excursions Ireland Cruise Ship
"Reliable and friendly."

Trudy, Roscrea Travel
"Farmers enjoyed your knowledge."

Judy Hewitt, Ulster Architecture Assoc
"Great help with planning a tour with a difference."

Travel Department Dublin
"Reliable with good communication skills."

Jim & Judy, Minneapolis, USA
"Thanks so much for your wonderful genealogy
site tour.  You met all our needs."

 June 2021
Elizabeth, NIFHS Lisburn "Thanks Barbara for your enjoyable group tour around the pretty Conservation Village of Loughgall yesterday"  All enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat from a distance.

 

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Contact Us

Barbara Ferguson
Accredited Blue Badge Tourist Guide
Northern Ireland Guided Tours
41 Coolmillish Road
Markethill
Co. Armagh
BT60 1SH
Northern Ireland

For your answer to an experienced & fun guided tour of Northern Ireland - Barbara is here to help

+44 (0) 28 3755 1119

+44 (0) 7740 511 442

Email: info@guidedtoursireland.com

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About Us
Ruairi, Barbara, Dee, and David are established
and much experienced, professional guides.
We work with various aspects of guiding ie Coach Tours,
Easy Walking Tours and Personal Car Tours.
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Stunning Guided Tours
Are you planning on booking a guided tour
but want to know your tour guide has the experience to make the day a success?
We are currently organising tours of Northern Ireland
for over 12 years and your satisfaction is our main priority.
Walking Tours
Our "easy going" walks can take you into the heart of
your chosen place and when combined with a coach tour
create a wider insight into the area.
City Walking Tours are very popular as they allow closer access
to historical buildings while rural pathways bring you
closer to the wildlife.
Genealogy Tours
Have you sometimes had a hankering to "walk the land"
that your family ancestors came from? Would you like to
share that experience with your family circle - especially the younger members?
The family circle is very important to us all and the
understanding of our family ancestors' origins can only
be maintained when shared with all; young and old.
Customised Tours
If you have a trip you would like to organise
then our customised tours are perfect for you.
Are you thinking of booking a corporate tour to some of the
wonders Northern Ireland has to offer?
Personal Tours
With a personal tour you can focus on your interests,
ask questions and get the best out of your trip.
Having the services of a personal guide for
even a short time will introduce you to the
areas geography and free up your time to enjoy
without the pressure of map reading.