I am a local accredited guide experienced in working as a step-on-guide for visiting coaches to the top attractions namely Belfast City (warts and all), Giants Causeway, Antrim Coast, Armagh - St Patrick's chosen city and more!
I am a country girl living on a working farm with my husband and enjoy traditional cooking using local produce. Love rural traditions, folklore and music and enjoy an odd glass of Guinness!
Love to travel "off the beaten track" and step into those parts of Ulster where the landscape is dominated with small working farms and traditional villages. A great opportunity to meet the locals and enjoy homemade food. These hidden places also reveal much of our Celtic heritage with tranquil standing stones and hill forts dotted all around. Knowing the countryside and its past allows us to enjoy a stroll down some of the narrow lanes leading to pre-famine tumble down homesteads.
Irish Linen is still manufactured locally here - more automated than in 19th century but still a well sought after cloth in use today on many dining room tables.
Having lived through "the troubles" of Northern Ireland many visitors are keen to follow the colourful politics of this land through the modern picture books - wall murals. An interesting tour capturing our past and present.
The University of Life has left me with a lot to talk about! Come and join me in a lively interactive tour. See you soon?
A Recent Review of this guide
We had the time of our lives with Barbara. What a gift to sit back and relax and let her take us where we wanted to go. She was an excellent driver and very knowledgeable about Northern Ireland and the area we were exploring. She was so friendly and cheerful with a great sense of humour. She took us to great places to eat and accommodated our every need. We would love to go back and see and do more with her as our guide. We wouldn't hesitate to use Tours by Locals in another country too!
Qualified Blue Badge Guide (Level 4)for all of Northern Ireland also Board Failte Local Guide.
Member of BRITISH GUILD OF TOURIST GUIDES AND APPROVED TOURIST GUIDES OF IRELAND