What are the tours all about?
The food walking tours are designed to get you out for a good walk with your dog, enjoy local dog friendly establishments, meet other dog owners, have some fun and ‘craic, and hear about whats going on, while enjoying local food and drinks (included in the price). The Winter Walks are a shorter, sociable walk in various venues followed by a locally sourced lunch. Great chat, exercise, fun walks with your dog and super food.
Who can come on the tours?
Anyone over the age of 18 can participate on the Portrush & Belfast Food tours. Male, Female, Tall, Small, Young and Old will enjoy their day out. The Portrush Tour is approx 6km in length, and the Belfast Tour about 3km in distance,so if you are capable of walking these distances, then come and join us. The Winter Walks, children are welcome to come along, however they should be capable of walking the distance and keeping up with the group.
The new Titanic Family Dog Friendly Tour is open to children of all ages. Smaller children may require their pushchair. The tour distance covers 5km in total including a trip on the ‘Wee Tram’ around Titanic Quarter. Full details released early 2019.
What time does the tour start at?
The Portrush tour will start at 10.00am (Spring/Summer) and 11am (Autumn/Winter) on Saturdays, and the Belfast Tour will start at 11.45am on Sunday’s. The Titanic tour meets at 10.45am on Sunday’s for starting at 11am. Please don’t be late as the tour can’t wait!
Will my dog have access to water?
Each of our stops en route will have water bowls for dogs.
My dog doesn’t really get on with other dogs.
These are dog friendly tours. If your dog isn’t friendly then its best that they don’t participate. If a dog shows signs of aggression from the outset you will not be permitted on the tour. Your dog is your responsibility throughout the tour and MUST be kept on a short lead at all times. On Winter Walks, there may be opportunities for your dog to have some off lead time.
I have more than one dog – can I bring them too?
Unfortunately it is one dog per human on the tours and walks with a maximum of 10 dogs per tour. Please do not bring additional dogs as you will not be permitted on the tour or walks. This is for safety and insurance reasons for all participants. There is the option of booking another ticket for a friend who could bring your 2nd dog. The prices listed are for one human & one dog. You can book for example : 3 people and 1 dog or 3 people and 3 dogs. Each human will enjoy locally sourced food and drink on both walks and tours.
Should I have breakfast before I come on the tour?
The ticket price includes tour related food and beverage. For the Belfast and Portrush Food Tours there is plenty of food and drink on tour. Our first stop in Portrush will be approximately 15 minutes after starting where you will have a bite to eat and drink. There are 5 tasting sessions. For Belfast our first stop is about 40 minutes after starting out, and there are 5 food and drink stops – plenty of food, so you will not go hungry! The Titanic tour includes food samplings during the walk, tea/coffee & refreshments at the first dog friendly stop and a super lunch made with locally sourced ingredients at the second dog friendly venue.
Is there alcohol on the tour?
Yes, alcohol is served on the tour and as such no children are permitted on the Belfast and Portrush tours. For those who are driving or prefer not to drink alcohol an alternative will be provided.(Please advise in advance). Don’t forget Translink now allow our four legged friends on public transport, so why not take the train to Portrush or the bus into the City Centre – better still make a weekend of it and stay in Dog Friendly accommodation. The majority of alcohol served is local craft beers and ciders, but if you prefer something non-alcoholic then please advise in advance. Any food or drinks outside of that offered on the tour will need to be paid for by you.
The Family Titanic tour is alcohol-free. Refreshments are served twice during the tour and guests will get to taste lovely locally sourced refreshments at lunch.
How long will the tour last?
The Portrush tour will last approximately 4 hours, Belfast Tour about 3.5 hours. The last stop on the tour is a bar and restaurant, and you are very welcome to stay on and enjoy yourselves with your four legged friends at the end. The Titanic Tour last for about 3.5 hours and finishes back at the starting point.
Winter Walks are of approximately one hour duration, followed by lunch – should be all done by 12.30pm
I have dietary requirements, what are my options?
Please advise at the time of booking if you have specific dietary requirements or if you prefer a soft drink. Where the food on the tour is not suitable for you, we will provide an alternative for you to enjoy.
I’m not used to long walks, will I manage the tour?
The Portrush tour is approximately 5km in length from start to finish, with stops in between. This equates to approximately 6500 steps and 260 calories! The Belfast Tour is approx 2km in distance again with regular stops. You should have a good level of fitness and be able to keep up with the tour group. There are 60 steps on one section of the tour and also a slight hill climb in Portrush. Belfast is pretty much flat for the whole distance. The Titanic Tour is fairly flat and covers 5km in distance. The Winter Walks are approx 5km in distance.
What if it is raining?
The tours and walks will take place all year round, in rain and sunshine (unless a hurricane is forecast)! Please bring clothing suitable for all conditions from sandals to waterproofs! Layers are best. In autumn/winter season it is advised to wear something bright or reflective to be clearly seen. Umbrellas are not recommended as you will have your dog on a lead, whilst trying to take pictures and eat food! But hey, if you have the skills of an octopus please bring one!
I’ve booked my ticket but can no longer make it, can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, refunds are not available (just like when you book concert or theatre tickets) however, if you are unable to make the date you booked, and there is availability on the next tour date (either Portrush or Belfast) it may be possible to transfer you, if 14 days notice is given.
I’ve received a Gift Voucher how do I book?
Lucky you!! Gift Vouchers are valid for 6 months from date of issue. To use your Gift Voucher you will need to contact Dog Friendly Tours either by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 07983 543434 (no texts) to book onto a tour. You will be offered any available places on a tour or walk.
The Winter Walks are new for the winter season of 2018. They are short, sociable walks with your dog and other dog owners followed by great local food and drink, and good chit chat! You should be able to walk the 5km distance and keep up with the group. There will be a couple of stopping points and uneven ground at points, with some elevation in parts.
BORING BUT IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Dog Friendly Tours are a fun and enjoyable event, and a great way to spend time with your dog and other people. When you book your ticket online, you agree to follow the rules and this important information for your safety, your dogs safety and the safety of other tour group participants and members of the public. It is accepted at the time of booking that you waive any rights for loss or injury to person and or persons, or property which has been or may be sustained as a consequence of participation on a Dog Friendly Tour.
By booking your place on the tour you confirm that:-
you agree with this information and the rules you are allowed and physically capable of walking the tour distance and participating fully in the walking tour you are over the age of 18 you consent to photographs/videos clips of you being taken before, during and after the tour you agree that you will not bring more than one dog per human you agree that you will keep your dog on a short lead at ALL times you agree that should any incident occur between you, you and your dog, and another tour member or member of the public that Dog Friendly Tours will in no way be held responsible or liable for any damage, accident or unforeseen circumstances that may occur as a result of the incident. you confirm that you dog is fully up to date with all vaccinations, flea and worm treatments, and is in no way a danger to other tour members or members of the public. you agree to clean up after your dog your dog is house trained your dog is licensed with your local council