Tours are adaptable and can be adjusted to your individual or group needs. These political and historical walking tours are compatible with both education systems on the island of Ireland. University and school group specialists.
The Bloody Sunday-Bogside murals tour will take you into the heart of the Bogside district of Derry, the crucible of the modern day conflict in Ireland. This 90 minute walking tour will begin at Free Derry Wall and take you round some of the Bogside murals and the site of the massacre of Bloody Sunday and finish at the Bloody Sunday monument in view of the Derry Walls, it will look at the key periods leading up to and during the Irish-British conflict.
This Derry Walls walking tour will take you through the older history of Derry and the surrounding area. Derry is one of the longest continues used area in Ireland dating back some six thousand years. St Colmcille set his monastery on the island of Doire in 546 before going to Iona in the western isles of Scotland bringing Christianity to Britain. Other areas examined on this tour are Elizabeth I advance into Ulster bringing Anglicization and the Protestant religion. The Irish response to this invasion was the Nine Years War 1594-1603 and ending with the Flight of the Earls in 1607. The Plantation of Ulster brought thousands of English and Scots Protestants to Ulster and the building of the City Walls from 1613. Derry becomes Londonderry under James I and was financed by the Guilds of London where the Guildhall gets it's name. The Siege of Derry, The Fountain Estate, Derry Gaol, Apprentice Boys, Great Hunger and emigration are areas that are covered on this tour also. This walking tour is conducted on Derry's walls while walking the 1.4 km circuit of the walls.
Tour length: 8 hours.
You will be taken by private vehicle to the UNESCO world heritage site of the Giant's Causeway with it's 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns and the stunning scenery of the Antrim coast. From there you will be taken to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, first erected in 1755 by salmon fishermen, this bridge spans 20 mtrs with a 30 metre drop in to the sea and leads you to the island of Carrick-a-Rede. You will also stop at Dunluce Castle for a photo stop and have further photo opportunities along the way. For up to 4 people.
Tour length: 8 hours.
This tour leaves from Derry and travels into Donegal on a full day trip around West Donegal and Highlands.
Learn the history from your private guide as you travel through the towns and villages of County Donegal. Letterkenny is the largest town area in Donegal and was once a major port in the area.
From there we go in towards the villages of Kilmacrenan and Doon Rock, the inauguration stone of the O'Donnell's and Termon and on towards the Derryveagh mountain range and Glenveagh National Park where we spend a few hours and take in the history of the area and its landscaped gardens and castle and have a tea or coffee and light snack.
It's on then, passing Mount Errigal-the tallest peak in Donegal- and stopping for a photo opportunity at the Poison Glen and Gweedore Gaeltact (Irish speaking area) with it's spectacular
"I brought 45 Leaving Cert. students to Derry in Jan. 2016. Gleann Doherty brought us around Derry's walls telling us some of the history of the walls themselves, and of the Troubles. He then arranged for us to visit the Apprentice Boys Hall. I found Gleann very interesting and obliging - and very reasonably priced for school tours. Many thanks Gleann."
Paul Hyland, Terenure College, Dublin.
University and school group specialists in Derry City. Great group rates upon request.
Derry guided tours can take care of all your touring needs on one site. Specialized educational and personalized tours upon request.
Local Derry tour guide Gleann Doherty is owner operator of Derry Guided Tours. As well as a local historian and B.A Honours Degree graduate Irish History and Politics, Gleann also had his father murdered on the day of Bloody Sunday, and provides and in depth and detailed account of the day and both inquiries ( Widgery and Saville) the after effects and the political conflict that ensued.