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Unique immersive experiences in Ards and North Down - the perfect Christmas gift! Monday 14 December

images of Comber, North Down Coastal path, Donaghadee, paddleboard and picnic, man on a paddleboard, people eating tea and treats in a country kitchen

Date: Monday 14 December

Gifting inspiration ...

Look no further this festive season and spoil your friends and family with an immersive experience on our stunning coastal waters and loughs or be captivated by the history and beauty of our towns on one of our guided walking tours. 

Have you ever tried paddlingboarding with a picnic or stepped on board a canoe followed by treats and baking demonstrations at a country kitchen or maybe a historic walking tour through one of the oldest settlements in Northern Ireland is more your thing?

This is just a sample of what we have instore to wow your loved ones with that memborable experience this Christmas. Read on and on and be inspired...

Guided Walking Tours 2021

Enjoy our wide open spaces, charming towns and captivating history as you join our experienced guides on a wonderful walking tour.

We invite you to tap into a wealth of heritage, history and culture in the scenic surroundings of Newtownards, Comber, Donaghadee, Portaferry, Holywood and Bangor along the North Down Coastal Path.

View of beach through the trees with sea and forest beyond St Mary's Church in Comber Boats by the pier with Donaghadee Lighthouse standing tall in the distance Bench on coastal path looking to beautiful beach and sea with sun glistening on water


Love Comber with Tour Guide, Paul Whitla
Sunday 14 February, 2pm – 3pm
The town of Comber may be small in size, but it is big in terms of history, exploring the connections with the Titanic, the story of St Patrick and the remains of the Cistercian Abbey known as the Comber stones, whose story has a touch of romance suitable for this St Valentine's day.

Tickets: £5pp  Find out more and book

Historic Donaghadee Town Walk with Tour Guide, Robert Neill
Saturday 27 February, 11am - 1.30pm

The Donaghadee Local History Research Forum presents a walking tour of Donaghadee, as the nearest port to Scotland Donaghadee boasts a rich maritime history.

Tickets: £5pp Find out more and book


Hello Spring with Tour Guide, Adrian Woodley
Saturday 20 March, 10am – 1.30pm

On the first day of spring, why not take part in a guided walk along North Down Coastal Path, which will take you on a journey through coastline and parkland.

Tickets: £5pp Find out more and book

Historic Portaferry Town Walk with Tour Guide, Brigid Watson
Saturday 27 March, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Portaferry is a picturesque town nestled on the shore of Strangford Lough. On this walk you will learn about the fascinating maritime heritage of Portaferry and hear stories of influential residents who shaped the development of the town through the centuries.

Tickets: £5pp Find out more and book

Experiences 2021

Discover more of what the region has to offer by immersing yourself in these fantastic experiences.  Enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside, and the warmth of our locals first-hand.

people sitting on paddleboards with sun rising in background three people eating treats and drinking tea in country kitchen Canoes sitting by the water side Man on paddleboard with a picnic

Canoe and Cake - £50pp
Saturday 13 March 2021 | 1pm - 4pm | Meeting point: Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen, Co Down, BT23 6UD

Enjoy the beauty of Strangford Lough from your own canoe and relax in the serenity of your surroundings before tucking into tasty treats in a magnificent traditional Irish thatched cottage.

Find out more and book

SUPNIC (Three events: Breakfast 8am - 10am, Lunch 12 noon - 2pm and Supper 4pm - 6pm) £40pp
Saturday 20 March 2021 | Meeting point: Bangor Marina

Get out on Belfast Lough with this guided paddleboarding experience, take in our water’s edge views and hear local tales. Then as you rest on your paddleboard, tuck into a gourmet picnic from a local deli as you enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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SUP and Sip - £30pp
Sunday 21 March, 4pm | Meeting point: Donaghadee

Join us in Donaghadee for an early evening paddle.  Enjoy the view of the Copelands, hear tales about the local area and hopefully see some of the resident wildlife as you glide along Belfast Lough, the return to Pier 36 for a drink and a chat, the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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SUP and Soda - £50pp
Sunday 28 March 2021, 12 noon - 3pm | Meeting place: Green Boat Shed, Whiterock, Killinchy

Leave your stresses on the shoreline and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Strangford Lough as you paddleboard from Whiterock to Ballymorran then enjoy a freshly griddled soda bread, egg and sausage (a vegetarian option will be available)in the warmth of a traditional Irish thatched cottage.

Find out more and book

Image credit: Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen, Tourism Northern Ireland. For more information on any of these tours or experiences, contact Ards Visitor Information Centre on 028 9182 6846.

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