Tours of the Ards Peninsula delivered by tour guide, Brigid Watson

Guided tours of arguably one of the most stunning coastal routes of the North of Ireland, led by enthusiastic and knowledgable guide Brigid Watson.

About your guide
Brigid Watson lives on a coastal farm in the Ards Peninsula. A qualified tour guide and a former education adviser, she has extensive experience of sharing knowledge with a wide range of audiences. Brigid enjoys ‘reading the landscape’ for visitors, sharing fascinating stories of local history, Christian heritage, Celtic culture, folklore, nature and more…


Tour Date Location Type of Tour Description Cost
Walking tour of Portaferry

First Saturday of each month and at other times by arrangement 

Portaferry Walk

On this walk you will explore the fascinating heritage of this picturesque town nestled on the shore of Strangford Lough.  Enjoy wonderful views over  Strangford Lough to Castle Ward including Games of Thrones filming locations and St Patrick’s Country

Duration 2 hours. Suitable for all fitness levels.

Kearney Coastal walk

First Friday of each month and at other times by arrangement Coastal path at Kearney historic fishing  village Walk

You will feel the wind and sun on your face as you breathe in the fresh sea air along this spectacular coastline with its’ amazing geological story. Immerse yourself in nature as you listen to the stories of the place. Enjoy a therapeutic water’s edge experience.

Duration 2 hours. Flat terrain.


Castles and Characters         Coastal tour    Half Day   tour                      

Contact Brigid Upper Ards Peninsula By vehicle

Our story begins with John de Courcey and his knights and it takes us to Kirkistown Castle, Cloughey. From there we travel to Kearney historical village, a National Trust property and film setting for My Mother and Other Strangers. You will enjoy learning about the notable ‘characters’ who lived there through the centuries. You will see romantic Quintin Castle which is one of the few Anglo-Norman castles still lived in today and hear stories of its colourful past. Filming for Game of Thrones took place along this coastal stretch. Our final destination will be the pretty town of Portaferry which also has a castle.

Duration 4 hours.

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Saints, Smugglers and Shipwrecks coastal tour    

Contact Brigid Ards Peninsula  By vehicle 

Journey on this coastal odyssey along the Outer Ards Peninsula and hear the stories of the rich maritime heritage and the heroism of the men who went to the rescue of the shipwrecked. We will stop off at Burr Point, the most easterly point on the island of Ireland. Discover where the smugglers caves are and how they evaded detection while drinking in the beauty all around you. We will visit Templecooey, a spiritual, serene site on the Irish Sea coast where St Cooey built a church and where people came on pilgrimage to visit the Holy Wells which are believed to have healing powers. You will learn about the extraordinary life of St Cooey and how he is remembered today.

Duration 7-8 hours.
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Opening Times

  • Varies, see Tour website


  • Prices vary - see tour

Contact Details

  • Address Portaferry Co. Down
  • Telephone 077 6389 8074 or 028 4277 1611
  • Email Brigid Watson
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