This 4-day tour will take us to the beautiful walled City of Derry with a population of approx.90,000 slightly more than Galway City.
Derry is a very ancient City, the walls of Derry reflect its status as one of the best preserved walled Cities in Europe, Derry of course perhaps suffered more than anywhere else in Ireland during the three decades of strife before the Good Friday agreement was signed.
We will engage a local tour guide for our tour of Derry City as our own guide John Candy would not be familiar enough with the history of this ancient City in order to give an informed and detailed tour of this lovely place.
We will, of course, visit the famous historic city walls for a walking tour. These walls are the only set of intact city walls remaining in Ireland. The walls were built in the 17th century as defences for early settlers and are approx. 1 mile in circumference. We will visit St Columba’s Cathedral which was built in 1633.
A complete restoration of this beautiful Cathedral was completed in 2011 with some stunning features which will be viewed on the day of our visit. No trip to Derry would be complete without a visit to the magnificent Guild Hall which has received many accolades from many professional bodies and a restoration of £9.5 million was spent in 2013.
We will also visit the Bogside, the site of Bloody Sunday and more during our visit to the unique and beautiful City that is Derry.
We will visit Omagh in Co Tyrone, another town steeped in history from our troubled past, here we will visit the Ulster American Folk Park for a couple of hours.
Candy Tours will have this booked in advance to enable you to have a good time to immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration and retrace the steps of millions of emigrants who made the treacherous journey across the Atlantic in search of a new life in the 17th and 18th centuries.
You will need sterling on this tour as most of our time will be spent in Northern Ireland.
We will be staying at the 4 star Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny which has a Leisure Club and Swimming Pool.