Welcome to Rae's Slemish Tours

Come and see the hidden secrets of the Braid Valley countryside.

Unseen by tourists, we explore laneways and tracks unique to this idyllic landscape.

Once seen, this experience will be unforgettable.

You will be compelled to return for more...

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Coming home from a sunshine filled holiday in Spain, the sights of Northern Ireland from the air were spectacular - Lush grassland, sea, mountains and magnificent hinterland - We have it all.

I had a sudden flash of inspiration to share one of the most natural areas of outstanding beauty in the world, The Braid Valley, my Homeland.

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Rae's Slemish Tours

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Rae's Slemish Tours find the hidden secrets of the Braid Valley countryside. We explore lane ways and tracks unique to this idyllic landscape. Once seen, this experience will be unforgettable. You will be compelled to return for more.......

Rae's Slemish Tours

Rae's Slemish Tours

3 weeks 2 days ago

Lovely scenery & beautiful autumn day for a walk up to Quolie Dam! #wearebroughshane #meaboroughcouncil #BallymenaMeans #ballymenanow #shapedbyseaandsand #discoverNI #slemish #tourguideni

Rae's Slemish Tours

Rae's Slemish Tours

3 weeks 4 days ago

Beautiful sky in Buckna tonight!! #wearebroughshane #ballymenanow #discoverNI #tourismni #slemish #BallymenaMeans #shapedbyseaandsand

Rae's Slemish Tours

1 month 2 weeks ago

Beautiful coastal walk to Glenarm on this sunny Bank Holiday! #wearebroughshane #glenarm #tourguideni #ballymenanow #discoverni #tourismni #shapedbyseaandsand

Rae's Slemish Tours

2 months 1 week ago

Thanks Team Halfway for excellent meal, great atmosphere & really felt safe celebrating our Ruby Wedding Anniversary meal out!! #thehalfwayhouse #pathamill #supportlocal #wearebroughshane #slemish

Rae's Slemish Tours

Rae's Slemish Tours

2 months 2 weeks ago

From Buckna With Love!! As a newby I didn’t know what to expect from Virtual Meet the Buyer Northern Ireland .......... but what a fabulous event to showcase our beautiful country to buyers from all over the world!! Fantastic, positive 4 days! Thanks so much Tourism Northern Ireland for organising…


Rae has graciously helped my family and friends tour beautiful Northern Ireland many times over the years. Rae is kind, witty and considerate. Her local knowledge of Northern Ireland is far better than any guidebook I have used. Rae is hospitable person and is very thoughtful, packing extra road trip supplies like: Biscuits (cookies), crisps (potato chips), water bottles and extra towels for those who just had to jump into the sea! I highly recommend Rae as a tour guide.

Northern Ireland is one of my favourite places in the world to visit! I know you will love it like I do! Its' beauty is breathtaking!

Andrea Muirhead
Regina, Canada
I have had the pleasure of being guided on two separate occasions by Rae to see the beautiful sights of Northern Ireland. Rae took me to many beautiful parts of the countryside but I particularly enjoyed the 'out of the way' paths and lanes that on my own I would certainly have missed.

I particularly loved Slemish mountain where I had time to quietly take in the breathtaking scenery of the green countryside. I greatly cherish my memory of travelling around the different parts of the Braid Valley.

These beautiful memories often inspired me to recommend my friends to travel to Northern Ireland and get in touch with Rae.

Raes fun loving and thoughtful personality, local knowledge, the chance to taste local food and meeting so many characters made me fall in love with the Braid Valley area. I would highly recommend taking a trip with Rae's Slemish Tours.

Rajmohan Ramanathapillia
I have known Rae for many years and regard her as a dear friend.
I live in England and each time I have visited, Rae has always taken me out and about to different places around Northern Ireland.

She is very warm and passionate about her country and each visit has been most enjoyable with all the knowledge she has about each place we have been to. I always look forward to visiting somewhere new as Rae always manages to make it so enjoyable and fun.

As a tour guide her knowledge and enthusiasm about places would be invaluable to any group of tourists. With Rae's experience with people and places she is a great ambassador for this lovely country.
I have travelled to many places around the world but I have to say the Irish people are some of the friendliest I have ever come across. Rae is a great asset to this lovely community.

Sue Parr,
As a young university student on a budget, I wanted to reconnect with my ancestry in Northern Ireland. Rae Kirk made my dreams come true. Rae took me to Giant’s Causeway, Slemish Mountain where I sat in St Paddy’s chair. We visited a traditional pub where I heard my first fiddle circle and Celtic singing and of course ‘Rae ordered me a Guinness (even though I just tasted the froth!!)

I visited Tom’s working farm with stone dykes as well as rode along with a farmer taking his wool to market! We walked over the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge and even swam in the Ocean. I saw a lot of amazing sites and walked where my great grandfather’s people lived.

My best memories of Northern Ireland were the people who shared generous conversation and warm hospitality. Rae introduced me to family and friends, of which she has many connections. Rae knows the lay of the land, the places you must see and those places that you will only see with a local. Rae is friendly and well connected, when she takes you under her wing, she treats you like family!!

Sheena Koops,
Saskatchewan, Canada

This website was developed with support from Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.