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Arrange a bespoke day out

Whether you have a full day to spare or just a couple of hours I can help you explore a range of heritage sites.

Hello, I am Duane Fitzsimons, regional tour guide. You will be more than welcome to the area which my family have called home for centuries. I can provide an in depth tour for your group like no other. I provide a hop-on guide experience.

Coach Itineraries

The Downpatrick area is 1 hour from Belfast, 2 hours from Dublin.

These are a few of the sites which I can guide groups at:

  • Saul Church - Saint Patrick's first church 

  • Struell Wells - the most complete holy well complex in Ireland

  • Inch Abbey* - the first gothic building in Ireland

  • Down Cathedral - the burial place of Saints Patrick, Brigid and Columba

  • Saint Tassach's Church - 10th Century church 

  • Ardtole Church - ruined Norman church, inspiration for Gulliver's Travels

  • Ardglass village - six complete castles and a maritime heritage centre

  • Dundrum Castle* - ruined Norman castle

  • Ballynoe Stone Circle - neolithic monument

  • Saint John's Point Lighthouse* - tallest on the island of Ireland

  • Saint John's Point Church - 10th Century church

It would be recommended to spend 20-30 minutes at each. The total distance covered on a half day tour averages 15 miles. All of these sites are located is within 8 miles travel from Downpatrick

*This site can only be accessed by smaller 32 seat coaches

 

Hire fees

Half Day Rate - £100

Full Day rate - £170

Tours are themed around legends and folklore, geology, and flora and fauna. This area is the home of Saint Patrick, the world's most celebrated saint. It is also home to a rich Norman heritage dating back to 1177, and the Vikings before that!

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Duane Fitzsimons

Walk the Lecale Peninsula

9 Crossmore Road, Downpatrick, BT30 7TA

Trained walk leader through Mountain Training

This business follows the Leave no trace principles

Regional, Customer Service, and Food ambassador