TOUR OPERATORS (DERRY)

Bogside History Tours

Bogside History Tours is a company set up and operated by two relatives of people who were killed in the Bogside on Bloody Sunday. We aim to explain the events of that day on a walking tour. Welcoming tourists, schools and colleges, universities etc.

Now hosting taxi tours that offer a unique insight into the historic city of derry encompassing both sides of the River Foyle. Learn about the shirt industry, emigration, the plantation of Ulster, the siege of Derry, the troubles, civil rights, Bloody Sunday, Bogside Murals etc. Prices from £25 per 1hour 15 mins

Contact Details

Tel: (07731) 450088
Email: paul@bogside-history-tours.com
Web: bogside-history-tours.com

Martin Mc Crossan Tours

The Only Northern Ireland Tourist Board 5 Star Tour in the City. Tours operate all year round at 10am,12noon, 2pm and 4pm. Only £4 per person. Tour includes Free Tea or Coffee and includes St Columb’s Cathedral. Step on guides available.

Winner of numerous awards including NITB Tourism Hero Award.

Prices: 
Only £4 per person

Contact Details

11 Carlisle Road
Londonderry
Co Londonderry
BT48 6JJ
Tel: (0044) 2871 271996
Mobile: (0044) 7712937997
Email: derrycitytours@aol.com
Web: www.derrycitytours.com

Terry Brown Tour Guide

Tours of the following can be conducted as walking, by coach, or a combination of both. A ‘Meet and Greet’ option is also available.
The historic walls of Derry-Londonderry.
The Bogside with its world famous murals and monuments.
The Giants Causeway and the North Antrim coast.
The iconic ‘Peace Bridge’ and Ebrington Barracks (WW11 prominance)The city Guildhall.
The Inishowen Penninsula (including Malin Head, Irelands most northerly mainland point).

Opening times: 
09:00 until late
Prices: 
On request for individuals, families and groups
Book using: 
www.walledcitytours.co.uk

Contact Details

125 Elaghmore Park
Londonderry
County Londonderry
BT48 8DY
Tel: (07938) 475 713
Email:derry.walled.tours@fsmail.net
Web: www.walledcitytours.co.uk

Derry Guided Tours

Derry Guided Tours offer political and historical tours of Derry City. Suitable for groups and individuals these tours range from Derry’s early history from St Colmcille, Nine Years War, Plantation of Ulster, 1641 Rebellion through to the Siege of Derry and beyond.

The modern history of Derry is explored in the Bogside tour. Subjects range from the partition of Ireland and the creation of the 6 county state, widespread religious discrimination against Irish Catholics, Civil Rights period, Battle of the Bogside 1969, Bloody Sunday massacre January 1972 and covers both inquiries in to Bloody Sunday and the conflict that occurred here afterwards.

Contact Details

26 Oakfield Mews
Derry
County Londonderry
BT48 8SN
Tel: (079) 8915 0821
Email: gleanndoherty@gmail.com
Web: www.derryguidedtours.com

Tours’n Trails

Historic walking tours of Derry~Londonderry, a must for locals and visitors. Enjoy ‘local craic’ with local knowledgeable guides Finola and Eilish.

Local guides available in French, Spanish & Catalan.

Step On Guides Available for Coach and Tour operators to Derry~Londonderry, Inishowen, Donegal and Giant’s Causeway. Private groups also catered for.

Entertainment
Tours n’ Trails also provide a unique tourist offering for groups. Eilish and Finola produce a special entertainment programme called a “Tale of Two Cities”. A relaxing hour of local folklore, music and song.

To find out more contact Finola or Eilish.

Prices: 
Rates available on request

Accommodation Facilities:

Euro Accepted

Contact Details

16 Sheriffs Road
Londonderry
County Londonderry
BT48 0JS
Tel: (028) 7136 7000
Mobile: (07763) 320 632
Email: info@toursntrails.co.uk
Web: www.toursntrails.co.uk

Made in Derry Food Tours

Visiting 6 local eateries and learning about Derry as a foodie city, the best way you can – from the chefs and producers themselves.

Taste over 20 different foods and drinks, everything from mouth-watering local Street Food, to exquisite fresh fish and delectable sweet treats, washed down with refreshing local beers and drinks.

This tour is for tourists and locals alike and has food, culture and people all wrapped up in one fun experience.

Dress for the weather and bring your appetite for food, drink and some craic.

You’ll experience our amazing city with your taste buds and through the eyes of our passionate local people, who love food and drink.

‘Our goal is to introduce people to the amazing food culture we have here in Derry’ says Catherine Goligher, founder of Made in Derry Food Tours. ‘Many people are unsure sometimes where to go, or locals have their own favourite spots. On this tour you can sample a variety of places, engage with the chefs, owners and producers whilst tasting some of the best food and drink, all in a relaxed atmosphere. This is a truly unique experience. Let us spoil you, you won’t want to leave!’

Opening times: 
Check website for details of upcoming tours

Prices: 
£47.00pp

Contact Details

8081 Workspace Building 80-81 Ebrington Square
Derry
County Londonderry
BT47 6HN
Tel: (07716) 875 764
Email:info@madeinderryfoodtours.com
Web:https://www.madeinderryfoodtours.com

Free Derry Tours

Free Derry Tours is a community led initiative offering authentic political walking tours of the famous Bogside delivered by local Blue Badge trained guide. We also offer an alternative historical walking tour of Derry’s Walled City including a complimentary tour of the historic St Columb’s Catherdral. Specialised tour packages are also available for groups and individuals studying the modern conflict in the North.

Tour Information

Times: 10am & 2pm daily.

Price: Adult £5. Concession £4. Group rates on request. Euro accepted.

Location of tour departures: Museum of Free Derry, Glenfada Park.

Combination tickets to include the Museum of Free Derry also available. Tours can also be booked at alternative times for groups and individuals by arrangement. Group rates available.

Please contact us in advance for weekend bookings or group rates.

Visit www.museumoffreederry.org for museum details.

 

Tours in English, Irish or French on request. Euros accepted.

Contact Details

Gasyard Centre Lecky Road Brandywell
Derry
County Londonderry
BT48 7NP
Tel: (077) 9328 5972
Alt: (077) 1409 9853
Email: freederrytours@gmail.com
Web: www.freederry.net

City Sightseeing Derry

City Sightseeing are a global brand with endless years’ experience in the tourism industry. City sightseeing guides are WorldHost approved ambassadors of the city and the company a WorldHost approved business. This year our team were awarded the Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence and have won the amazing world famous Bogside Artists 5 Star Approved Business Award.

Free Hotel Shuttle Bus Service
City Sightseeing tours now offer accessible transport to the city centre and its wonderful sights through our morning shuttle bus service. Our bus leaves your hotel each morning at the designated time (Check with your hotel for details) and transports our guests to the city’s tourist information office in the heart of the city.

Walking Tours
Explore the city walls built by the Honourable the Irish Society in 1613 and 1618. Approximately 1.5kms in circumference, the walls offer an amazing history told by our award winning guides. From the top of the steps in Magazine Street you can see the famous Guildhall built at a cost of £19000 in 1887. It was destroyed by a fire in 1908 and then restored in 1912.

Walk with us on the walls and view the old Derry Jail, then descend downhill into the Bogside to hear the stories behind the Bogside murals. City Sightseeing work exclusively with the Bog-side Artists in offering our Tourist a unique opportunity to meet with them in person at their new art studio.

Hop on Hop off 24 Hr/48 Hr Bus
At City Sightseeing Tours we offer our tourists the unique opportunity to explore the sights and delights of the famous walled city via our Hop on Hop Off tour bus service. This world famous brand with its distinctive London Bus and markings offer an accessible tour through the city to many of these spectacular sights. The tour encompasses the walled city, the peace bridge Tilly, Henderson’s shirt factory, Ebrington military base, Clooney American Naval base, Austin’s Department store (the oldest department store in the world) and much more.

Location Description: 
Bus Tours depart Tourist Information Centre, 44 Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AT. Will also pick up at Guildhall.

Opening times: 
Walking Tours leaving Bridge Street each day at: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. We also provide a free map and free tea and coffee. Children under 8 years old go free.
The Hop on Hop off Bus leaves at the front of the Tourist information office each day seven days per week. Tours commence at:
10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00.
*Private tours & Hop on Tour guides available until 8pm each day (subject to booking and minimum numbers of 8 people) Group rates and concessionary rates available also.

Prices: 
Adults:
24 Hours – £12.50
48 Hours – £15.00

Children:
24 Hours – £6.00
48 Hours – £8.00

Family: (2 adults and 3 children)
24 Hours – £31.00
48 Hours – £38.00

Free maps included with all tours.

Accommodation Facilities:

Euro Accepted, Credit/Debit Cards Accepted

Contact Details

8c Ballougry Road
Derry
County Londonderry
BT48 9XJ
Tel: (028) 7137 0067
Email:info@citysightseeingderry.com
Web: citysightseeingderry.com

Derrybluebadgeguide.com

Michael Cooper is Derry’s only Blue Badge Guide with a BA Irish History & Politics-1997-UU, MA Irish History & Politics-2001-UU, Blue Badge Accreditation 2005-Castlereagh College and PG Cert Computing & information systems 1998-UU. The Blue Badge is the highest qualification in tourist guiding. Michael and his team of guides offer guided walking and coach/taxi tours of Derry, Donegal, Tyrone, Armagh, Sligo, the Giant’s Causeway, Belfast or your destination of choice.

We guarantee the best rates, the highest standards of knowledge and expertise and some great Irish craic along the way! Tours also available in French and Irish on request. Winner of Tripadvisor Excellence Award three years in a row.

Sample itineraries:
Half day Causeway: includes Dunluce Castle photostop, 1 ½ -2 hrs at Giants Causeway, stop at Bushmills Distillery giftshop and return journey via Castlerock/Downhill coastal route.

Full day: photostop at Dunluce, 2 hrs at Giant’s Causeway, tour of Bushmills Distillery or visit to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (neither activity is included in rate).
Return journey via Castlerock/Downhill coastal route including guided tour of Mussenden Temple on request (admission fee required during peak season).

Inishowen:
Half day: includes scenic drive on Inishowen 100 through Buncrana/Mamore Gap, visit to Doagh Famine Village (admission not included in rate) and visit to Banba’s Crown, Malin Head (most northerly point in Ireland).

Full day: as above but also including visit to Dunree Military Museum or Greencastle Maritime Museum (admission not included in rate), lunch stop at Seaview restaurant, Malin Head (not included in rate).

Donegal Highlands:
Half day:
Short visit to Grianan an Aileach stone fort.
2 hr visit to Glenveagh National Park – guided tours of castle (shuttlebus not included in rate).

Full day:
As above plus visit to Dunlewey Centre / Poisoned Glen – boat trip/weaving demonstrations available at Dunlewey (not included in rate).

Guided tours of Derry, Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Sperrins and all other areas of the north also available.

Normal rates based on departure time of 9.30am/return time 5pm. Longer schedules available at extra cost.

4, 6 and 8 seater minibuses and 29, 35 and 52 seater coaches also available – please contact us for rates.

Prices: 
Half day service: From £70 – Private Hire for up to 4 people and coach groups
Full Day Service: Private Hire £120/£150 based on 5-6 people
7+ people contact us for rates

Contact Details

Derry City
Co.Derry
Tel: (028) 7136 1311
Mobile: (077) 4317 5709
Email:derrybluebadgeguide@hotmail.com
Web:www.derrybluebadgeguide.com

TOUR OPERATORS (DONEGAL)

Donegal Tours-Day Tours

Donegal Tours operate a selection of Day Tours making the County’s spectacular scenery and rich heritage accessible to everyone. The Day Tour programme offers an easy and relaxed way to see the rugged views, friendly communities and distinctive heritage that Donegal is known for. With a Donegal Day Tour there is no need to worry about finding your way or making sure you don’t miss the best spots! Highlights of the tours include Glenveagh Castle, Mount Errigal, Slieve League Cliffs, Doagh Famine Village, Malin head, An Grianan Aileach and many more…

Tours operate every day Monday to Sunday – May to September.

Contact Details

Gortahork
Letterkenny
Donegal
Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 74 9135460

Emailinfo@donegaltours.ie

Webwww.dogenaltours.ie

Walking and Talking in Donegal

Walking and Talking in Donegal is a further development of Walking and Talking in Ireland where we explore two different counties, Antrim in Northern Ireland and Donegal in the Republic of Ireland – www.walktalkireland.com

Here we concentrate on Donegal by spending a week in the north-west, exploring its varied landscape and getting a feel for its history, culture and environment and its relationship to Northern Ireland with which it has a border.

Our idea is to bring people together who are sociable, interested in getting to know a special area and who are reasonably fit or hope to be!

You should enjoy fresh air, the beauty of nature and a bit of fun.

Contact Details

Clemenstown,
Ballylar,
Letterkenny,
County Donegal,
Ireland

Tel+353 74 9159366

Emailinfo@walktalkdonegal.com

Webwww.walktalkdonegal.com

Donegal Heritage Trails

Welcome to Donegal Heritage Trails. Based in Milford on the shores of beautiful Mulroy Bay my company offers heritage tours of North West Donegal.

I specialise in walking tours of Ramelton and Rathmullan.

If you really want to explore Donegal, why not try a guided tour? And who better than a native guide with local knowledge to show you places of interest and tell you the fascinating stories behind them.

Contact Details

Deirdra Friel,
The Lagg,
Milford,
Co. Donegal.

Tel: +353 (0) 86 2421008

Email: donegalheritagetrails@gmail.com

Webwww.donegalheritagetrails.com

TOURIST INFORMATION

Discover NI

Tourism Northern Ireland (Tourism NI) is a non-departmental public body of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland, constituted under the Tourism (Northern Ireland) Order 1992.

Tourism Northern Ireland is the trading name of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board

It is the body responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination.

It also advises the Department on the formulation and implementation of policy in relation to the development of tourism and interacts with other government departments, within the tourism industry in Northern Ireland and with its counterparts elsewhere in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.

More information on Tourism NI can be found here: www.tourismni.com.

Tourism Ireland

Tourism Ireland is responsible for marketing the island of Ireland overseas. It was established as one of the “six areas of co-operation” under the framework of the Belfast Agreement of Good Friday 1998.

Our remit is to increase tourism to the island of Ireland and to support Northern Ireland to realise its tourism potential.

We operate under the auspices of the North/South Ministerial Council through the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland. We work closely with the two tourist boards on the island, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI, and with our partners in the tourism industry at home and abroad in delivering on our remit.

Tourism is one of our most important sectors and a significant contributor to the economies on the island. In 2014, we welcomed an estimated 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.1/£3.4 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for almost 60% of all tourism revenue.

Tourism Ireland is a Company Limited by Guarantee without a Share Capital, Registered in No.336370, Bishop’s Square, Redmond’s Hill, Dublin 2.

More information on Tourism Ireland can be found here: www.tourismireland.com

Visit Derry

The first of its kind in Ireland, Visit Derry promotes the city and its hinterland as a tourist and conference destination as well as providing a complete package of visitor services.

Visit Derry is a dynamic membership organisation supported by the private sector and Derry City Council. It is the cornerstone of future tourist development in Londonderry and markets the city energetically at home and abroad. Among its primary aims is to help visitors and tour companies put together tour and travel packages to spark imagination and delight.

From weekend breaks to regional tours, Visit Derry provides a one-stop shop to the Travel Trade. Visit Derry delivers.

History

Visit Derry (formerly DVCB) officially launched its new purpose built Foyle Street offices and Tourist Information Centre on Monday, December 1 1997. (The centre had been operationally since September 1997).

The opening of the landmark building marked the latest stage in the development of an organisation which pioneered the Visitor and Convention Bureau model in Ireland and since the offset attracted some 50 members initially. (Membership in 2010 had risen to approx 215)

The company achieved Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) status in 1998 and had TWO clearly identifiable roles Destination Marketing and Visitor Servicing.

Visit Derry Mission statement is:

“To promote the destination and its hinterland to the national and international tourist market place as an unique, historic, European city competing in world tourist markets and providing quality visitor services”

The company currently employ

  • Executive Chair
  • General Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Sales & Marketing Manager
  • Visitor Services Officer
  • Business & Leisure Tourism Officer
  • Sales & Marketing Executive
  • Tourism Engagement Officer
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Tourist Information Assistant (FT)
  • 1 x Tourist Information Assistant PT
  • 2 x Information Staff (PT)
  • Seasonal staff (June-Sept)

The company registration number is:NI029778

Registered Office Address: 44 Foyle Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6AT

More information on Visit Derry can be found here: www.visitderry.com

Visit Donegal

It is about connections. It is about the connections that all who come to this beautiful and dramatic place never forget. The connections with the people. People who are full of warmth and humour. People with a story, a saying or a song for every occasion. It is definitely about the connections with the landscape.

A landscape that offers so much to so many. A landscape that is proud and imposing: The Highest Sea Cliffs in Europe. The best Waves on the West Coast. Beaches galore. Great hill-walking. Super Cycling. The list goes on and on.

Donegal does great food. There is no shortage of locally sourced fresh produce on the plates of bistro’s, pubs, restaurants and hotels up and down the County.

And it is has to be about the intangibles.

The little things that Donegal has to offer that nowhere else in Ireland can replicate as much as they might try. That feeling you had during summers spent at Irish College in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Those friendships that you made, some alive, some forgotten, during the family holiday in Inishowen, Portnablagh or Bundoran.
But above all the practical things are taken care of in Donegal. It is only 90 minutes from Belfast, under 3 hours from Dublin and Galway by car. It has its own airport and is right on the door step of Derry – City of Culture 2013. It’s a perfect destination whether you are on a shoe-string budget or looking to splash out on that dream 5-star break. Great for camping, cool for hostelling and even better if you haven’t made your mind up.

More information on Visit Donegal can be found here: www.govisitdonegal.com

Visit Inishowen

Discover one of Ireland’s most beautiful regions – the Inishowen Peninsula named after Eoghan son of Niall, High King of Ireland. You’ll be spoiled for choice for things to see and do in this very special part of the northwest region. Stunning natural surroundings and superb coastline offer total escapism and solace from life’s hectic pace.

Simply immerse yourself in the inspiring culture and historical sites or try your hand at an exhilarating outdoor pursuit such as kayaking, mountaineering or surfing. World-class golf, endless white sandy beaches, traditional arts and crafts, great food and lively entertainment and a warm welcome awaits you.

More information on Visit Inishowen can be found here: www.visitinishowen.com

Causeway Coastal Route

The Causeway Coastal route is a designated, way marked drive around the coast of Northern Ireland between the cities of Belfast and Londonderry with nine shorter scenic drives to explore. The route is 120 miles / 190 km  long and links to the ‘ Wild Atlantic Way ‘ at Londonderry and  the  ‘ Mourne Scenic Route ‘ in Belfast.

The landscape is varied from coastal roads to mountain tops, from busy cities to sleepy clachans. The main drive is on a two lane A class road, leaving both cities are dual carriageways. Minor single lane roads are only encountered on some of the scenic drives which loop off the main Causeway Coastal Route.

To experience the drive in a relaxed manner, giving yourself time to visit several of the major attractions and explore one or two scenic drives you should allow yourself three to five days. Having said that it is possible to drive it in a day if that is all the time you have.

More information on Causeway Coastal Route can be found here: www.causewaycoastalroute.com