Brigid Watson

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As a qualified guide with a great interest in landscapes, heritage and people I take great pride in ensuring that your visit to Ireland will be a memorable one. My custom-made tours take you on a journey through the centuries as I ‘read the landscape’ for you. When travelling I like to get an authentic sense of the place which is exactly the experience I want you to have on one of my tours.

Enjoy a waters’ edge experience as you get a sense of the place on a custom designed tour with Brigid Watson

My curiosity about and love of landscapes led me to study Geography and History at Queen’s University, Belfast and this was followed by a professional career in education. My interest in environmental education led me to study for a MSc in Education for Sustainability and I promoted environment education in the school curriculum. I developed this interest further by qualifying as a Chartered Environmentalist in 2010. I live on a farm located on the Irish Sea coastline and we have actively participated in agri-environmental schemes over the last fifteen years, for example, planting hundreds of native species of trees, planting a small orchard of native apple trees and taking part in a wildlife biodiversity project.

I set up Ards Peninsula Tours in 2017 and offer bespoke walking and coach tours. I have a Level 3 OCN Tour Guiding qualification and World Host accreditation.

I enjoy travel and am an advocate of sustainable tourism. I like visiting a small geographical area and exploring it in depth either on foot, bike or by public transport. This is a much more fulfilling and rewarding experience and has a much lower carbon footprint than travelling hundreds of miles between major cities. So why not slow down, reconnect with nature and take time to appreciate the beauty of nature which is all around you.

  • Coach Tours (step-on guide)
  • Walking Tours

Ancient Ways tour (monastic sites):

Thank you very much for a most memorable day, which transported us so vividly back in time and captured the essence of this ancient land. The lives of the Irish monks of long ago were opened to us, and we shared the bread and fruit which they would have eaten. We rate the experience as excellent and we would recommend the tour to others.

Billy and Masha EllisHolywood

“Hi Brigid Thanks so much for the really interesting walks over the last 5 weeks. Having only lived in Northern Ireland for 2 years now, I thought your walks would give me some valuable insight into the history of this area. Wow – that really is the case. From the geology of the area to the glaciers and the formation of the drumlins to coastal erosion and nature conservation. From the ships wrecked off the coast of Cloughey to the visible wreck of the Dunkirk ship off Ballyhenry Island. From the allocation of townlands and the building up of the area since the very early days of the Vikings and Celts. The original wealth of Portaferry with one of the oldest ferries in the world. I could go on and on. Really interesting stuff. Thank you so much, I will definitely recommend these walks to everyone I know.”

Carol HatfieldSeptember 2017

I recently went on a walking tour around the shore from Portaferry with Brigid and was delighted with the whole experience. She has a great knowledge of the geography and history and is very engaging in her presentation. Her knowledge of flora and fauna made the tour so interesting. Highly recommended.

Two hour walking tour around Portaferry town on Ards Peninsula, Co Down, Northern Ireland.

The tour guide was the very professional Brigid Watson. There were 6 of us – We were school classmates although we are all now over 70. We go on a different outing each month. We all liked Brigid and all enjoyed the tour. We asked questions and she had all the answers. We had asked for a general tour which is what we got. It covered history, architecture, graveyards, ferries, churches, buildings, tidal generators of electricity, castles, windmills, and that’s just what I remember eg. The history went from Mesolithic to Neolithic to Celtic to St Patrick to Vikings to Anglo-Normans to Plantation to 1798 Rebellion to smuggling to seaweed production to thriving commerce, and that’s just the history I remember. Great tour, delightfully done. Good day out!

Jimmy & party