About me

A native of Northern Ireland, with a love of the coast, walking, food and my dog, I decided to combine them all to create Northern Ireland’s first Dog Friendly Walking Food Tour.

After achieving a Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and living in the USA for a few years, I subsequently spent the majority of my career in the hospitality sector in Sales, Marketing and Events roles, undertaking several post-graduate qualifications as I went along.  I love the outdoors, and am rarely found watching the TV!   I have been fortunate to walk part of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, averaging 25km a day – yes I do like a dander!!  This was one of the most memorable and enjoyable journeys I have travelled and turned out be a life changing trip.  I enjoy finding out about the places I walk with my dog, and it was while out on my usual dander around Portrush that I had the ‘lightbulb’ moment of creating a ‘Dog Friendly Tour’.  Food and Dogs unite people.  Having people around a table enjoying the ‘craic and a few wee toots, is what irish hospitality is all about.  Combine that with the presence of a dog/s and people relax and engage in conversation.  The notion of creating a Food tour had hit me about a year earlier while in Fermanagh, so I put my brain into overdrive, and put all my ideas down on paper… and so the Dog Friendly Tour story began, following lots of research and meeting people.

Whether you are on your own with your dog, book as couple or as part of a group, everyone chats to each other.  You will be made very welcome.  There is an emphasis on great local food and drink on the tours, and it is wonderful to have so many local food and drink producers on our doorstep.  Walking is an important part of staying fit and healthy, and that not only means physically but mentally too.  A good walk and a good talk are great for the soul.  Dogs make wonderful companions.  They are another heartbeat in the home.  With a huge love for my wee ‘Georgie’ – I wanted to bring her with me wherever I go.  Creating a Dog Friendly Tour enables me to bring her to work with me on tour!   Not only does a walk help to reduce blood pressure and reduce mental stress it burns calories too.

I love Northern Ireland and I am so excited to share the Dog Friendly venues we have with fellow dog walkers on tour, with more destinations already in the pipeline, so watch this space.

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