The Walks – Spring Strolls and Winter Walks
To keep us all active all year round, I have created a short series of Spring Strolls and Winter Walks. The walks primarily take place in Finnebrogue Woods, near Downpatrick, Northern Ireland and they aim to be approx. 5km in distance. Intended to be very relaxed and sociable, they are naturally followed by the obligatory local food and drink which is included in the walk price. They are a great way to get yourself out of the house, whether on your own, with your partner and friends, to meet new people, and have a bit of craic, with other dog owners. Get a wiggle on, grab the dog, and book yourselves onto one of the walks which are designed to give us all a good ‘airing’, get chatting and enjoying good conversation, food and drinks. Plus, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day as we usually finish up by lunchtime. You will also have the opportunity to peruse ‘Fodder’ the new Farm Shop on site and meet the team at Finnebrogue.
The Finnebrogue walk meets at 10.30am and finishes at approximately 12.30/1pm.
Finnebrogue Woods is a truly unique woodland setting with a beautiful lakeside trail, which Dog Friendly Tours has been given exclusive access to.
The trail covers 5km in distance over mostly flat terrain, where you will see the home grown Dexter cows, the Game of Thrones filming location and the stone cottage which featured in the recent drama on BBC2 – ‘Death and Nightingales’.
After the walk, tour guests get to enjoy the fabulously quirky Dog Friendly Tipi Tent, where Laura and her team will provide us with a tasty brunch of locally sourced produce. An example of the food will be Dexter beef in a BaraBakehouse fresh roll, a home made fodder sausage roll, with tasty salads, stonebridge cottage bacon, freshly made pear and ginger cake or chocolate cake, locally sourced coffee or tea.
The tour group meets in the Forest Park car park in Hillsborough, where they will enjoy a walk around the lakeside trail. The group is then met by local tour guide Ann from Hillsborough Walking Tours, who will take us through certain areas of the village finding out it’s history. The tour will then be welcomed into the Hillside Bar, where you will enjoy a main course and soft drink, followed by a beer tasting of a few local beers).
The walk meets at 9.45am and finishes at approximately 12.30pm.
Belfast Cathedral Quarter Tour
The Belfast Food Tour is a great day. Meeting at the Dirty Onion for Tea and coffee, enabling the dogs to get to know each other and settle down, the tour will head off along Hill Street before being welcomed inside Belfast Cathedral. The tour enjoys 5 food and drink stops at dog friendly venues, the first being at the quirky Sunflower Pub, where you will enjoy a selection of local meats and cheeses, accompanied by a craft beer of choice. Stop 2 takes us to another bar where we sample local Gin, and then onto Stop 3 where we have fabulous fish in a chilli crumb washed down with a local beer. Now if you are still hungry we head on to stop 4, where we receive a warm welcome and seafood chowder, Guinness wheaten and a glass of Guinness to wash it down. Stop 5 takes us back to our starting point where we enjoy a beer and whiskey pairing, and the Yardbird’s signature dish of chicken wings!
Tour guests are welcome to sit on after the tour and enjoy the traditional irish music and craic.