Walking Heritage Tour of the coastal village of Greencastle
July and August 2021
- Greencastle Tour – Meet at the Memorial outside the Maritime Museum
- Every Wednesday 11.00-12.15 approx. and 3.00 – 4.15 approx.
- Tours last approx. 1 hour and 15 min
- Cost 10 Euro per person (Children under 12 accompanied by an adult go free)
- Wild Strands will follow and adhere to Covid 19 restrictions
- Your local guide William mc Elhinney is a qualified Maritime and Countryside Guide and a Bord Failte Approved Guide
- Places are limited so booking in advance is essential. Minimum of 4 people per tour. Any enquires please get in touch email@example.com
Greencastle is a fishing village whose name comes from the Northburg castle, locally known as the fort, built in 1305 by Richard de Burgo, the Earl of Ulster. This impressive castle / fort not only guarded all who entered the Foyle River but also hides a dark secret of its once illustrious past. You will get an insight how invasions from over 10,000 years have left their mark on this area as you go on this short walk.
Meeting at the memorial outside the Maritime Museum and Planetarium located at the Old Coast Guard Station you will appreciate how this once thriving fishing port is now adapting to showcase with pride its rich maritime tradition. Here, you overlook Greencastle Harbour where you will begin this walk learning of the rich built maritime tradition of the area while you walk past Mc Donald Boatbuilders Yard that has been synonymous with this tradition since the 1750s. As you walk past the ferry Terminal you will see how a short 15 min ferry now connects here to Magilligan Point in Northern Ireland. Hear stories about smuggling, daring prison escapes and the connections with these areas through food, drink and regattas over the years. You will also get an insight into the natural heritage of the area as you walk up to the castle. Arriving at the remains of the castle you will see the Martello Tour and the fort and learn of its past. Overlooking one of the great Rivers of Ireland the Foyle, you will gain an insight from mythology to the present day, the everchanging land and seascapes of this hidden gem of a coastal village in Donegal.