WALK & TALK GROUP TOUR IDEAS
I have planned a wide range of new local interesting “easy”
Walk & Talk Tours
within Armagh City and Rural Trails
around County Armagh.
As an experienced local Tour Guide I am here to share my local knowledge, stories, history and of course humour when it comes to arranging your visits to County Armagh, Northern Ireland..
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)
Mobile 07740 511442
COUNTY ARMAGH IN BLOSSOM
Spring is here, buds are out and the full blossom is on its way.
Get your groups together and tour the unique beauty of the Apple Blossom of County Armagh.
Stop off in the nearby villages and enjoy good food in the pubs and cafes around.
Take in the history around the orchard farms, villages and stately homes in the area.
ALL IN THE COMPANY OF MYSELF BARBARA A LOCAL TOURIST GUIDE BORN AND BRED IN THE AREA.
I can plan your very own bespoke group tour complete with transport.
Hurry don't be late - the blossom won't wait!
Once upon a time deep in the heart of the beautiful Ulster countryside in the Parish of Tullylish lived a beautiful happy young girl called Dorothea (Dolly) Monroe. Dolly was the daughter of Henry Monroe, regarded as a minor country gentry who lived in the family home of Roes Hall, County Down.
Molly as she was known had six sisters, Frances, Mary, Ann, Isabella and Louise. She also had an Aunt Frances (sister of her father) who was quite a social climber. Aunt Frances Monroe had married the Earl of Luftus and lived in Rathfarnam Castle, South Side, Dublin. She was seen as the political influencer to Luftus who became High Sheriff of Wexford and held a seat in Irish House of Commons. Unfortunately Aunt Frances had a childless marriage.
Did Dolly’s dad give Aunt Frances the pick of his girls to rear and did she choose Dolly for her beauty and charm?
Dolly was whisked away off to Rathfarnam Castle, South side, Dublin to live and become part of her Aunt’s influential social and political circles. She soon had numerous admirers. Artists loved to paint her; young romantics adored her; noble widowed men pampered to her and newspapers followed her every move. This simple beautiful teenage maiden.
As Dolly grew she became more and more unhappy with this high society lifestyle of Dublin. Used as a political pawn to advance Lord Luftus’s political career was the last straw so she left Dublin and returned to Ulster.
True romance soon blossomed in the rolling hills of County Armagh and Dolly was to meet the love of her life William Richardson of Richhill Castle & Estate, County Armagh. They married in 1775 and settled in the Richardson Castle in the small rural village of Richhill. The people of Richhill were in awe of this beauty and while they admired her every turn Dolly was free to live a romantic gentry lifestyle as the lady of Richhill Castle and wife of the High Sherriff of County Armagh.
The highlight of the week for the villagers was to peek at the beauty of the young Dolly as she and her husband William left the Castle on the hill in a fine horse drawn carriage for Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh City just 6 miles away for church service.
Sadly Dolly’s life in the “Castle on the Hill” was short lived and Dolly took ill and died in the year 1775 aged 39 childless.
Today we can visit the grave of sweet Dolly Monroe in the nearby Kilmore Anglican Church hilltop overlooking the rolling drumlins to the ancient City of Armagh.
Richhill Castle still stands as “the castle on the hill” in the pretty orchard village of Richhill, County Armagh.
Hope you enjoy this bite size piece on life in rural 18th century County Armagh in Ulster. To learn a lot more about the landed gentry and their castles I am planning to run a selection of Armagh Village Walking Tours in 2021 when the time is right - so keep an eye on my website.
Your Local Tour Guide
"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."
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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