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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.

 

What an amazing day I have had with two beautiful people from Minnesota.  We travelled the lanes around the Upper Bann river, walked the land and discussed the life and history of the Plantation in County Armagh and the follow on of the renowned linen industry in Portadown/Gilford.  I so love Genealogy Tours. Sorry no pictures only amazing mental images of life on the banks of Lower Bann in the 17th century leading on to the 19th century linen production.  Great day.

 

After a pretty hectic week of guiding/touring it was just a wonderful feeling to finish off with a stop in at the www.corrymeela.org to learn about the great work going on here.  The views out over to Rathlin Island are amazing.  What a retreat!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE

Simply love this building.  A hidden gem which has so much to offer - not just a large selection of books, artifacts, exhibitions, historical data etc.  A must for any tourist/visitor - they also have a great café with fresh food daily. www.linenhall.com

I regularly include a visit to this beautiful building and it's collection in my Walking Tours of Belfast and the visitors just love it.

 

 

Touring in Derry City over the weekend.  The stained glass windows in the Guild Hall are a real picture book of the history of this amazing City.

 

All to often we do not look up above the shop windows and catch the beauty of Belfast architecture.  Yesterday in the sunshine Belfast's architecture looked stunning.  This is a picture of Belfast City Hall from the Donegal Square West side with the old Anderson & McCauley building in the background.

  

 

Well it is officially Spring in Ireland and I have taken today away from the desk to help on the farm with lambing. 
Some surprises though - this lady above has just given birth to three beautiful Suffolk lambs!!!  I think she must have jumped over the hedge to the boy next door!
Certainly "the black sheep" of the flock!  Doesn't she look a bit guilty?  Barbara

 

 

2017 season includes researching and putting our guiding knowledge to good use and building up our own unique and varied portfolio of "social" entertainment/tours/facilities. 
Interesting and exciting new venues; food and professional entertainment all NEW in the world of tourism. The vibrancy and enthusiasm of the people of Northern Ireland is just waiting for you to visit. Over the weekend we had a special showing from a group of up and coming performers and they were amazing. Great time was had by all................craft beers & spirits to sample, good music, poetry, dancing was enjoyed by all!

Yesterday for me was a busy day and unfortunately I didn't get the chance to put my pancake skills to work.  I do however have some very fond memories of growing up on a small farm part of a large family and the buzz of teatime with hot off the pan pancakes the meal of the day.

 Do you know where to find all 10 Game of Throne doors?  These doors were all made out of the timber from fallen trees at The Dark Hedges.  Why not travel with us and visit the film sites for Game of Thrones throughout Northern Ireland.

 

Saw this the other day and thought it was very interesting.

http://www.itic.ie/1-4-million-annual-visitors-growing-wild-atlantic-ways-iconic-cliffs-moher/

Some say over 300 (including ruins)! What a great way to see Ireland with a sleep over in one of these fine castles - share it with the ghosts of the past!

 

Happy days discovered the Winterfell site on the Antrim Hills this weekend!

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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

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