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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.

 

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 Once in Royal David's City is a Christmas Carol originally written
as a poem by Cecil Frances Alexander, 
The carol was first published in 1848 in her hymbook
"Hymns for Little Children". 
A year later the English organist Henry John Gaunteltt discovered the poem
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Hello Friends

Hope you and your family are all keep well and looking forward to the Christmas Holidays.

I do hope you had an opportunity to travel and enjoy some time away in 2021.

Glad that I took advantage during relaxed Covid times to travel a little throughout the UK and Ireland…….sometimes on personal holidays and other times with visitors.  Travelling at a slower safe pace certainly  does allow you to absorb a lot more on your journey.    

2021 was a year of uncertainty in the travel industry.  The year started out with enthusiastic planning followed by cancellation or Covid Regulation Changes.  Some people managed to travel while others decided to postpone until 2022.

At home here on the farm I have been doing a lot of the normal things…….lots of baking, hiking and catching up with friends and family. 

Long easy walks on my own gave me a lot of time to think and my mind drifted to thoughts about organising more “easy going” guided group walks with specific interests.  

Living close to the ancient Armagh City – Saint Patrick’s Chosen City -  my thoughts drifted to other Pilgrim Walks throughout UK.

It’s early days yet but I have linked up with my Blue Badge Guides in the UK to work on suitable Pilgrim’s Walking Holidays in 2022.

As always my very popular personal car/coach tours will still be available in 2022.  Also my local Armagh Village Walks will certainly be a large part of my 2022 tours.

I know that it has been a difficult time and our travel lifestyle has certainly changed but I feel it is important to work with the situation in the best possible way.   

Thanks to all who have travelled with me in the past and welcome to my new travellers in 2022.

So from my family home here at Beechlodge Farm, County Armagh to your family I wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas 2021.

Best Wishes

Barbara (Ferguson)
www.guidedtoursireland.com
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