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Coleraine Historic Tour


The informal “Capital of the Causeway Coast “, the provincial town of  Coleraine is the site of mans first settlement in all of Ireland. Named by Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, Coleraine’s geographical position on the River Bann, has been the attraction for nine thousand years. 

The present town stands on the shoulders of this historic site. The old Gaelic world was shattered by the arrival of the Vikings, Scandinavian warriors around 800 AD. The next notable invaders were the Anglo-Normans leaving  their mark.

However the most lasting impression was the Plantation of Ulster by Scots English and Welsh colonists at the beginning of the 17th Century. The Flight of the Irish Earls to Spain had given King James 1st the opportunity to seize the vulnerable lands of Ulster commencing one of the most ambitious planned confiscations and colonisations in Western Europe.
Coleraine was key to the success of this venture with its easy access to the North Atlantic and the interior of Ireland through Lough Neagh.

Within a hundred years many of the new colonists were on the move again to the English colonies of America in the New World, freedom of religious worship being a prime factor. And so began the Ulster-Scots 1718 Bann Valley Migration, Ulster’s loss being America’s gain resulting in consequences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Experience a walk through time in this delightful characterful town and leave with an understanding of its importance and impact that still resounds today.


1) This tour is suitable for couples as a private tour.
2) This tour is suitable for groups from 4 to 25 people.
3) A moderate degree of fitness is required   
4) Proper outdoor clothing and footwear are recommended.


1) This tour can take up to 1 hour 
2) This tour has to be booked in advance from the local visitors information centres.
3) Tour operators should contact us directly to arrange schedules etc

1) Private tours for a couple are £10.00 per person 
2) Group rates are negotiable, depending on the size of your group

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