Cost: £320 per tour (based on 2-5 people)
Duration: 8 hours

Did you know Ireland was once known as the “land of Saints and Scholars”?

Visit some of the ancient ecclesiastical sites in the Glens where religion and learning were practised and hear the stories of their work in this awe inspiring landscape.

We start our tour at Slemish, the birth place of Christianity in Ireland, then on to Glenarm, home of an ancient Franciscan Friary. Stop in at the pretty village of Carnlough for half hour comfort break/photo opportunity, then to Garron Tower with its depiction of the crucifixion of our Lord at the nearby hill of Dunmaul.

Then on to the ancient ruins of Ardclinis church yard with its links to St McNissi and Saint Killian(half hour stop). Then across the bay to Layde church yard with its links to St Ciaran (half hour stop). Then on to the beautiful village of Cushendun for a cup of tea or something stronger if preferred in the renowned Mary McBride’s pub. Followed by a stunning drive along the coast to Bonamargy Friary in Ballycastle where you will here the stories of the Earls of Antrim who are buried there and how the Friary became the centre of an evangelical mission to the Scottish islands in the late 17th and 18th century. Then into Ballycastle its self for some retail therapy or maybe just an ice cream, then home all the way admiring the beautiful scenery and maybe a visit to the Fuldiew stone in Glendun – a story of romance and cruellest of tragedy. (6hrs – proper footwear and rain wear should be worn for this tour).