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Slanes Point, 38 Ardminnan Road, Portaferry, County Down, BT22 1QJ
Castleward house and estate in county down

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Slow down, connect with nature, landscapes and local people on a guided, coastal walk or coach tour with local tour guide, Brigid Watson. Looking for a relaxing and restorative experience? Immerse yourself in nature and the heritage and culture of this ancient coastal area for a memorable experience.

You will journey to areas off the beaten track to places which most tourists never see and spend time in places where there are few people. The walks and tours are designed for people who enjoy a good story and enjoy learning about the landscape and heritage.

The walks are at a relaxed pace over flat terrain to suit the needs of the group. Alternatively you can travel around by mini-coach. Our group sizes are small so you can be sure of personal attention from Brigid Watson who leads all tours. We welcome groups of all ages including family groups, intergenerational family groups and seniors. Bespoke tours are available.

Brigid Watson, a qualified tour guide and chartered environmentalist, is passionate about nature, conservation and the environment. A former education adviser she has a MSc in Education for Sustainability and is committed to sustainable tourism. The business is a Green Tourism provider.
Brigid lives with her husband on their farm which overlooks the Irish Sea on the outer Ards Peninsula in County Down, Northern Ireland. Over the last 15 years they have participated in a range of agri-environmental projects, for example, a biodiversity project to increase the number of yellowhammers, a bird species in decline. They have planted hundreds of trees and 100s of metres of hedging incorporating native species and you can learn more about these with a visit to the farm.

Brigid Watson is very knowledgeable about this local region and has carefully selected and researched the most interesting and beautiful sites for you to visit. Her special areas of interest are nature and Christian heritage and she can offer Geo tours covering many additional aspects of the area including Celtic culture and traditions, social and maritime history and geography.

Sustainable Journeys Ireland is based in the Portaferry area of County Down, Northern Ireland. We are located one hour from Belfast and two hours from Dublin. It is a small family run business and we look forward to welcoming visitors who want to support local, rural enterprises.

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Two hour walking tour from £12 per person depending on group size. Minimum group size 2 people. Pre-booking essential, at least 24 hours in advance. Discounts for groups.
Coach tour prices vary depending on numbers and duration of the tour. Please contact us by email, phone or by completing an enquiry form on our website.

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