Enjoy our wide open spaces, charming towns and captivating history on a guided walking tour.

***With restrictions in Northern Ireland beginning to ease we ask that individuals plan ahead and please check local guidelines on the NI Direct website ***

Ours is a place to discover

Delve into the history and culture as you uncover the stories, be inspired by folklore and indulge yourself in the natural surrounding and stunning beauty of Ards and North Down.

Explore the region with town and coastal walks as our qualified guides and local experts welcome, intrigue and entertain you with their knowledge, as they guide you on your chosen tour.
Nature trails, hunting for mini beasts and sea creatures and discovering the wildlife that make their home in the area, are some of the tours children can go on to learn about the world around them. 
There is a something for everyone, even our four-legged friends!

Here is our programme 'At a Glance' please click on the month to take you to more information on each walking tour and to book your place.

***Keep an eye on this page as new tours are added to our programme.***

  Date  Walk 

Mon 14 June               7pm – 9pm   

Groomsport Evening Bird Watching and Nature Trail - SOLD OUT
  Wed 16  June    
6.30pm – 7.30pm
Bangor Castle Walled Garden
  Mon 28 June
10.30am - 11.30am
Kids Nature Trail – Castle Park 

Sat 3 July                  11am-12.15pm

Historical Gem of the Lough - Holywood Historical Walk 
          Sun 4 July 
12noon – 1.30pm
Newtownards Historical Walking Tour
  Wed 7 July 
6.30pm – 7.30pm
Bangor Castle Walled Garden
  Sat 17 July                  11am-12.15pm Historical Gem of the Lough - Holywood Historical Walk 
  Mon 19 July 
2pm – 3pm
Nugent’s Wood - Kids ‘Mini-beasts’ Nature Trail
  Sun 25 July 
11am – 1pm
Portaferry Historical Walking Tour
  Sat 31  July
11am – 12.30pm 
*New Waggy Tail Walk - Dog Friendly Tour of Scrabo Hill

Sun 1 August           10am-1pm

The Donaghadee Local History Research Forum presents a walking tour of Donaghadee

Sun 15 August
11am - 12.30pm

Kearney National Trust Village and Quintin Castle Coastal Walk

Wed 18 August          10.30am – 11.30am

Kids Nature Trail – Castle Park 

Frid 20th August        2.30pm - 3.30pm               

Kids Coastal Nature Trail - Groomsport

Sat 21 August 

2pm, 3pm and 4pm

(three boat trips available)

*New 'Salty Tales' Short Sea Cruise - Belfast Lough, Bangor 
  Tues 24 August 2.30pm – 4pm Bangor Historical Town Tour


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, find out more on our Experiences page.

Please note:
*All tickets have a booking fee.
**All providers will adhere to social distancing guidelines in accordance with government advice on the Covid 19 pandemic.
***These experiences may be subject to change or cancellation due to Covid 19 restrictions and guidelines. Any events cancelled by the organiser, under all circumstances, will be fully refundable.  We will contact you as soon as we know an event has been cancelled and refund the ticket price and any booking fees.
****Photos and/or video footage may be taken during these events. All events and activities are subject to change and may be weather dependent – best efforts will be made to inform you of any changes.

Opening Times

  • Check individual walks for start time


  • Check individual walks for prices

Contact Details

  • Address Ards Visitor Information Centre Regent Street Newtownards Co Down BT23 4AD
  • Telephone 028 9182 6846
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