Brigid Watson

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I live in the beautiful Ards Peninsula in County Down. I offer walking and coach ‘geo’ tours which cover all aspects of the heritage of the Ards Peninsula. I love ‘reading’ the landscapes for people and sharing stories of interesting and notable people and the places in Co Down. Enjoy a water’s edge experience on all tours.

I have a Joint Honours degree BSSc in Geography/History from Queen’s University, Belfast and an MSc in Education for Sustainability from London Southbank University. I offer walking and coach ‘Geo’tours in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the beautiful Ards Peninsula which is less than 30 minutes from Belfast. Themes covered include social and maritime history; Christian heritage; landscapes;geology; geography; culture; entertaining stories of amazing people; environment and wildlife.

I am a Chartered Environmentalist and have a special interest in the environment and environmental issues such as climate change and its impact on the local area. I am also very interested in the lives of emigrants from this area and have uncovered fascinating stories of the achievements of emigrants to New Zealand, America and Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries.

I have an OCN Level 3 qualification in Tour Guiding and I have World Host accreditation. I want visitors to experience the essence of a region and to get ‘a sense of place’

I love sharing knowledge about the area which allows visitors to gain an insight into the area which they would not otherwise have.

It is important to me that visitors have an enjoyable, entertaining and memorable experience.

My Tour Types
  • Coach Tours (step-on guide)
  • Walking Tours
My Tour Themes
  • Christian Heritage
  • History & Heritage
  • General tours
Languages
  • English
Locations
  • North Down
  • South Down

“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 Hatfield
Carol HatfieldSeptember 2017