© Belfast Political Tour 2017

* The recent period known as 'The Troubles' is a very contentious time and is still raw in many peoples minds and hearts, the purpose of this tour is to give the guest an insight to why young men and women would voluntary involve themselves in a conflict knowing that it would ultimately lead to their imprisonment at best or potential death.

Any statements and opinions expressed on this tour by the guides are strictly their own and Belfast Free Walking Tour does not endorse any political view, the use of violence and promotion of any political agenda. The guides are contracted to share their own personal story of the troubles. 

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Belfast & The Northern Irish Conflict

The Gap of the North, Carlingford Lough and South Armagh

For over 30 years a conflict dominated international news and it affected all aspects of life for the people of Northern Ireland.

Travelling through the Boyne Valley to the medieval town of Carlingford with its impressive Norman castle, nestled at the base of the Cooley Mountains with stunning views across the bay of the Mountains of Mourne we will hear the stories of conflicts and Conquests from the arrivals of The Normans, Prince William of Orange up to the modern-day conflict.

On this tour we examine some of the the events that took place and the difference between the conflict in the city of Belfast and the rural areas like South Armagh, known by the media as ‘Bandit Country’, so named because the might of the British Army was prevented from using the roads due to attacks by the IRA. As we travel through the small local villages in the rolling hills of ‘Bandit Country’ it’s hard to fathom that this area was once a time of road side IEDs, helicopter attacks and kidnapping of security personal.

 

In Belfast ex political prisoners from both communities will guide us through the areas they grew up in and were intimately involved in the troubles and spent time in jail for their beliefs. We invite you to hear first-hand accounts of this turbulent period of modern history, explore up close, on foot the world-famous murals of the Falls and Shankill Roads and understand the stories behind them,

ITINERARY

  • Checkin at 7.45am

  • Departs Belfast at 8.00am

  • Arrive in Carlingford Village for 30 minutes break and short tour.

  • Flagstaff Scenic Viewpoint

  • Scenic drive through South Armagh

  • JonesBoro, Drumintee, Meigh, Camlough

  • Arrive Belfast Approx 2 hours free time for lunch 

  • Meet Loyalist guide on Shankill Road 

  • Cross Peace Wall at Lanark Way 

  • Falls road tour with Republican guide

  • Return to Dublin approx 8.00pm 

 

PICKUP

  • Meet at Dublin City Gallery, Parnell Square North 7.45

  • Tour departs at 8.00am

 

DROP OFF

  • Drop off in O'Connell Street Dublin  at approx 8:00pm

 

THINGS TO BRING

Please come dressed appropriately for not only the season, but also for the activity.

  • Warm clothing

  • Comfortable shoes

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Luxury coach

  • Tour Guide on coach 

  • Two political Tour guides in West Belfast

  • Complimentary bottle of water

 

EXCLUSIONS

  • Food and drinks

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • For cancellation up to 72 hours prior to departure date: 10% administration fee will be imposed

  • For cancellation less than 72 hours prior to departure date or 'no-show': 100% of the total amount will be charged