Dalriada Kingdom Tours – A Hit With Cruise Ship Passengers
By LAURA IRWIN 24 July, 2017
Northern Ireland has visitors from all over the world who come to our shores on cruise ships. It is Mark Rodgers from Dalriada Kingdom Tours on the North Coast who is giving visitors and cruise passengers a unique insight into Northern Ireland’s history, heritage and culture with his authentic guided walking tours. Laura Irwin reports:
Dalriada Kingdom Tours is a family run business, based in Portrush, Country Antrim. It was founded by Mark Rodgers and his wife Rosemary (nee Purdy) in 2015, with its first tour launched on Saint Patrick’s Day in 2016. From this, the success of Dalriada Kingdom Tours has accelerated offering visitors from all over the world a selection of unique guided walking tours.
In June, Dalriada Kingdom Tours launched their latest tour – the Bespoke Tours of the Causeway Coastal Route and the Glens of Antrim. The tour was devised due to the demand and request for a private and personalised tour with Mark on the North Coast.
To meet his own high standards Mark has teamed up with a local transport company so that his guests can travel in comfort and style with a designated driver to ensure everyone’s safety. Mark has access to everything from the Mercedes Benz range from C class cars to the V class UPV up to the Sprinter. That also means that Mark can give 100 per cent of his efforts to guiding. Mark guides en route and he will also guide on the iconic sites of the Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, The Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge and there is not another guide who can provide this quality service.
The Bespoke Tours of the Giant’s Causeway Coastal Route provides a personalised itinerary where groups can choose where they would like to be picked up from, where they would like to visit, coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy and where to be dropped off after the tour.
The Purdy family are from Lisnagunagh and have an association with the Causeway that goes back 125 years. Such family history has granted Mark the ability to provide the unique family insight into the history, culture and heritage of the people who lived here on our shores and allows him to showcase the hidden gems and landscapes of Antrim.
These culturally curious visitors can expect to find ancient castle ruins, early Christian settlements, historical grave yards and learn about St Patrick who famously brought Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century.
The Bespoke Tour has proved a success with over 50 cruise ship passengers from June who have arrived into Portrush on The Windstar Cruise ships.
Mark is proud of what Dalriada Kingdom Tours has achieved so far with this tour and the response has been outstanding. One group of four American guests stated that they had toured in all six ports of call on their cruise and they had taken guided tours at each port. They told Mark the tour with Dalriada Kingdom Tours was “by far the best one they had taken and it was worth every penny”.
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