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Walking Tour


Walking Tour

Duration :   90 Minutes
Max People :    20
Start Location:   Cockle Row Cottages, 2:00 pm

Viking raiders, an Irish chieftain, Scottish settlers and Schomberg landing on his way to the Battle of the Boyne.  The voyage of the Eagle Wing – the first attempt by Ulster-Scots folks to emigrate to America  – and landlords who kept changing their family name. All of these are aspects of Groomsport’s history which are covered by the tour.

The tour also includes important buildings in the village including the Coast Guard’s Watch House, the first lifeboat house in Belfast Lough and the fishermen’s cottages at Cockle Row.  Grander buildings include Groomsport House and the two churches which were all built in the 1840s.

What You Need To Know

  • Every Saturday afternoon from 1st July to 7th September at, starting at Cockle Row. The tours will also run on the European Heritage Open Days – 14th and 15th September.
  • This tour is for locals and visitors alike. Many village residents who have taken the tour have been surprised to learn about aspects of Groomsport’s history that they were not aware of.
  • Booking is essential. There is no charge for the tours, but donations are welcome. (Discover Groomsport is a registered charity - NIC 109362)
  • What should you wear? Wear clothes that are appropriate for the weather expected. There is not much shelter on the route of the tour so, if rain is forecast, bring rainwear or an umbrella. If very bad weather is expected, the tour may be cancelled.
  • If the weather is bad and we need to cancel, we will contact you by telephone, before the tour start time.
  • How accessible is the tour? The tour is just over one mile long, on good surfaces. In the past, people in mobility scooters and parents pushing buggies have taken the tour without difficulty.

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