Ards has been showcasing its Ulster Scots influences and history in a ‘test tour’ of a potential Ulster Scots Trail.
More than 20 tourism advisors experienced the ‘Fair Fa’Ye tae the Airds’ coach trip which included a talk from a native Ulster Scots speaker and a guided walking tour of Donaghadee, where characters along the route brought the town’s history to life.
The trip was organised and hosted by Ards Tourist Information Centre, one of only a handful of centres to be selected by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) to promote the best that an area has to offer.
“We were delighted not only to be chosen again as a showcase destination, but also to have the opportunity to test some of the elements which we hope to develop further into an Ulster Scots Trail,” said Judith Francey, Tourist Information Centre Advisor. “The day was a great success and helped raise awareness, not just of our unique history, but of the attractions and beauty of the Ards in general. Our guests enjoyed themselves and left much more knowledgeable about this area.”