Coach and Walking tours guided by Laura Spence

Walking Tour

Towns of North Down: Comber, Newtownards, Bangor, Donaghadee, Holywood, Greyabbey

One or two hour walking tours of the six listed towns / villages can be arranged on request for individuals, couples or groups – at dates and times to suit. These walks include local history, people, events, literature and poetry.

Date: On request basis

Coach Tours

Historic Tour of the Ards Peninsula: Newtownards. Greyabbey, Carrowdore, Groomsport, Donaghadee, Ballywalter, Burr Point, Portaferry and Kircubbin

The tour will cover the multi-layered history of the Ards Peninsula from the Ice Age to the coming of Christianity, from the Vikings to the Anglo Normans, and from the Ulster-Scots to more recent times.
There will be stops for morning coffee and lunch (price not included).  Please advise of any special dietary requests.


Ulster-Scots Tour of North Down and the Lower Ards: Newtownards, Bangor, Groomsport, Donaghadee, Millisle, Ballywalter, Greyabbey, Carrowdore, Comber and Holywood

In 1606, two Scottish Lairds, Sir James Hamilton and Sir Hugh Montgomery settled large numbers of Scots in the Ards Peninsula.  This tour will look at the legacy of the settlement in terms of people, places, history, heritage, literature and language. There will be stops for morning coffee and lunch (price not included).  Please advise of any special dietary requests.


To book please contact the Tour Guide, Laura, directly.

About the Tour Guide, Laura Spence

Laura Spence from Comber is an experienced and passionate Blue Badge Tourist Guide with many years’ experience leading tours in Northern Ireland and further afield. A former BBC Producer, she is also a published author and teaches classes for local Councils, community groups and Stranmillis University College. Laura’s specialist knowledge of local culture, history, folklore and heritage is coupled with her interest in poetry and literature - and she blends all of these elements to create enjoyable tours which are insightful, informative and great fun.

Opening Times

  • Tours Depart at the Ards Arts Centre at 9.30am, returning at 4pm


  • Walking Tours Price dependent on numbers and duration. Contact Laura to arrange.
  • Coach Tours £30 pp. Min: 12, Max: 15

Contact Details

  • Address Newtownards
  • Telephone 07900 988 886
  • Email Tour Guide
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