Braid Valley Tour



Itinerary

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Take a trip of the Braid Valley area, chaffeur driven, accompanied by local tour guide.

First we stop off at Skerry Top where we see the remains of Skerry Old Parish Church and according to tradition built by St Patrick. It has been closed as a place of worship and prayer since the early 17th century.

Just a short journey onwards to picturesque Slemish Mountain and hear the legend of St Patrick, where as a boy tended sheep at the base of the mountain. We will see Slemish as a local - making our way through peaceful and unspoilt trails unknown to many. We will catch the stunning views of the 5 counties of Northern Ireland and Scotland in the distance and take time to capture on camera or video or just enjoy the breathtaking aura of this natural area of beauty.

Onwards to St Patricks Slemish water, where we hear of the amazing process of mountain spring water to bottled Northern Irish drinking water at this picture postcard area.

On this scenic drive we travel to the Game of Thrones site on the Shilnavogie Valley, where scenes from the first season were filmed and used for the Dothraki Sea, a vast area of grassland in Essos. We will experience the sheer enjoyment of this tranquil setting.

Next we visit the Caseyend Farm, where you will meet Tom the local farmer who will tell us of traditional and modern methods of production.

This is one of the most picturesque and photogenic areas of beauty in Northern Ireland and you will see some of the very best of Ulster agriculture. We will meet Dermot the donkey and Freddie the Shetland pony and many other various interesting farm animals. Also we will hear how different systems are used to enhance the environment.

This is a cultural and welcoming farm not to be missed. Immerse yourself in this fantastic experience of local country life in Ulster! To finish the tour we call into our popular local – The Halfway House where we can sample local produce and have the opportunity to ‘pull a pint’ and receive a coveted certificate to take home with us!!


Meeting Point & End Point:

This Tour Starts From a
Location of Your Convenience


Duration:

Full Day


Including:

Private Transportation,
Guiding Services,
Meet The Locals,
Bottled Refreshments


What's Not Included:

Personal Expenses,
Additional Refreshments,
Souvenirs


Restrictions:

Maximum 12 Persons



Meeting Point & End Point:

This Tour Starts From a
Location of Your Convenience


Duration:

Full Day


Including:

Private Transportation,
Guiding Services,
Meet The Locals,
Bottled Refreshments


What's Not Included:

Personal Expenses,
Additional Refreshments,
Souvenirs


Restrictions:

Maximum 12 Persons



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Testimonials


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
Australia
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,
Manchester
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