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Discovery Hub: Local tours with Sustainable Journeys Ireland

Ards Visitor Information Centre, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 4AD
Tour group at Bangor Bell


Find out more about local guided tours of this beautiful area offered by Brigid Watson, Sustainable Journeys Ireland.

After a successful career in education local guide, Brigid Watson, set up her own business sharing her love and knowledge of the Ards Peninsula and Strangford Lough area with locals and visitors. Having recognised the tourism potential of this historic and stunningly beautiful region for some time, she set up Ards Peninsula Tours in 2017, offering guided tours by coach or on foot. In 2020, the business was rebranded as Sustainable Journeys Ireland, better reflecting what the business offers. Brigid is committed to promoting sustainable tourism and to the adoption of sustainability principles.

She is a qualified guide and storyteller offering tailormade, specialised walking tours and is a 'step on' guide for coach tours in the area. Sustainable Journeys Ireland offers general heritage tours covering subjects including Christian heritage, maritime heritage, nature and environment with some craic thrown in!
There are many amazing stories of peoples' lives and stories of emigration and the impressive achievements of emigrants who left the area which Brigid has researched on visits to New Zealand and Canada. Brigid has helped visitors from the USA and Australia who booked her tours to trace their ancestral connections in the local area.

Brigid's special interest is in nature and Christian heritage. As a Chartered Environmentalist and Green Tourism provider she takes great pride in showing the most interesting aspects of nature in this region. With extensive experience as an educator and communicator of knowledge allied to an expert knowledge of landscapes, Brigid offers a truly unique and memorable tour experience.
Brigid 'reads the landscape for you and brings it alive with the stories of the characters who have lived in the area over the centuries. With 9,000 years of history on our doorstep there are many stories to share. The tours are entertaining and informative and suitable for all age groups, families are welcome. Examples of the experiences offered include guided tours of Portaferry; Kearney National Trust village and the Bangor Bell Walk & museum visit which focuses on the story of Columbanus.

Call in to Ards Visitor Information Centre to find out more about what Sustainable Journeys Ireland has to offer in the beautiful area around Strangford Lough. The display runs from Monday 1 to Tuesday 30 May and Ards Visitor Information Centre is open 9.30am – 5pm Monday to Saturday. (Public Holiday opening 10am – 4pm).


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