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Days out in Mourne Gullion Strangford

Hi, I am Duane Fitzsimons, a seventh-generation farmer's son. I take great pride in showcasing my beloved home, the Lecale peninsula, to visitors.

But what is so unique about here? As the burial place of Ireland's three patron saints, the area is rich in history and folklore dating back over 1600 years and more. I can take you to the heart of the story of Saint Patrick.

My guided tours along the Lecale Way offer a chance to explore places of battle and shipwreck, while also enjoying the verdant green landscape and cross-country trails. The area is home to medieval Norman castles that still stand today, forming a ring of defense around the peninsula.

Lecale is located on the east coast of Ireland in the Mourne Gullion Strangford Global Geopark. It is one hour from Belfast and two hours from Dublin.

Duane telling stories on the Lecale Way coastal walk

Broadcaster Joe Mahon introduces me in this short video. A few years ago I appeared with him on Mahon's Way broadcast on regional TV. My experiences immerse my guests in the area's unique beauty and culture. Whether it be enjoying coffee on castle battlements or experiencing the wind on the cliff tops. 

 

A tenacious researcher I love to shed new light on ancient tales and giving them a new life. Guiding visitors around the peninsula is always an honour for me. As we say in Lecale…

The story of Ireland starts here

Upcoming Events

  • Saint Patrick & the pagan hills
    Saint Patrick & the pagan hills
    Sat, 16 Mar
    16 Mar 2024, 11:00 – 15:00 GMT
    Lough Money Car Park, Ballyculter Road, Ballyalton, Downpatrick BT30 7BL
    Walk to the place Saint Patrick arrived and changed the story of Ireland forever
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  • Legends from Lecale's Spectacular Coast
    Legends from Lecale's Spectacular Coast
    Sat, 24 Feb
    24 Feb 2024, 11:00 – 11:05
    Dunsford Old School, 1 Tollumgrange Rd, Ardglass, Downpatrick BT30 7SR, UK
    A walk of the Sheepland cliffs as part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival
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Duane leading a group in the Mourne Gullion Strangford Global Geopark

A full list of events can be found by clicking on the link below. Join the Mailing List for reminders and discounts.

Organise your own experience...

Any of the advertised events can be organised for private groups. The minimum group size is 4 people or for a minimum charge. 

Additionally, you can hire Duane as a step-on coach guide. For links to the services provided and to make a booking enquiry click on the link below.

Book a walking holiday...

Saul Church guided walk

Saint Patrick's ancient

paths

2 or 3 overnights at Ireland's oldest coaching inn

From £190 per person

Other places to explore...

Ardglass guided walk

Six castles

& five

eccentrics

Urban tour

Ardglass

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