What better place to start our tour than the historic village of Bellaghy firstly visiting its Bawn which was erected by the Vintners company during the Plantation of Ulster.More recently it has become popular due to the writings of Seamus Heaney ,we will visit his grave and the new centre dedicated to Seamus (due to open 2016).From the village we will travel the short distance to Ballyscullion Park ,the home of Richard and Rosalind Mulholland where we will be entertained to morning coffee or afternoon tea .Here Richard will narrate the origins of Ballyscullion House and its association with Bishop Harvey Earl of Bristol also its connection with the American Forces during WW2.The site is also one of the Game of Thrones sets.
Later we travel on to the picturesque village of Portglenone where Timothy Eaton served his apprenticeship before emigrating to Canada where he set up the world famous Eatons Stores in Toronto.A visit can also be arranged to Bethlehem Abbey monastery ,the home of a commune of Cistercian monks.
The next village enroute is the historic village of Kilrea which was built by the Mercers Company of London during the Plantation,we will have the opportunity to visit the Lock system and the eel fishery on the river Bann .
A visit can be organised to Culmore Organic Farm Kilrea where you can view a robot in action milking the 150 herd of Ayrshire cattle.
The tour can continue onwards to Coleraine along the fertile Bann Valley for a late lunch at The Crannagh restaurant situated on the edge of the river overlooked by the Ballycairn Hill Fort . The return journey can take in the Dark Hedges ,now a popular attraction as The Kings Road in an episode of The Game of Thrones. The tour can be adapted to take in other attractions along the Causeway Coastal region.
A food tour can also be organised in the Causeway area.