The Trails

Foyle Trail`s specially researched and most popular outdoor experiences/tours are outlined below.

Folk Ways and Ritual Landscapes Our Hidden Heritage

We have no wide prairies nor great forests of native pine.   (From Bogland – by Seamus Heaney)                                              

We do however, have ancient landscapes full of myths and legends that have survived from pre – historic times. On this experiential tour you will discover the quirky stories behind sacrificial Bog Body habitats and the ritual significance of Giant`s Graves and Stone Circles from expert local guide Martin Bradley.  Explore pagan sites that are rich in local folk lore where even the history of how, these ancient sites, have survived for over two thousand years make fascinating tales on their own.  Martin will also bring you to Pagan Wells and Fairy Trees where you will also discover the myths and stories that are woven into the history of these sacred sites.

On this tour visitors will enjoy unique story telling experiences where archaeology, folklore and nature are combined to provide fascinating insights that help explain the origins of many of Ireland`s cultural traditions.

A 6 hour mini bus/walking tour out of Derry/Londonderry, with a one hour stop for lunch.    Prices from £55 per person 

Minimum 2 – Maximum 10 participants.    Groups of 4 or more please book 7 days in advance.  

Please Note: These experiences require a moderate amount of walking across wet uneven terrain and the crossing of one stile.  Sturdy walking boots and outdoor clothing are essential,

Foyle Trails - Folk Ways & Ritual Landscape.

The Mythology and Ecology of a Celtic Rainforest

                                     An Authentically Sustainable Experience

This fascinating experience explores the ecology of a colourful woodland habitat that has been some 9,000 years in the making. Visitors will discover the wonderful mythology and folklore that developed around the Celtic tree and plant species growing in this temperate rainforest. Where sacred trees, rag thorns, mystic cascades, fairy pools and cure stones await discovery.

Sustainable Activity –  During this unique eco –  friendly experience visitors will also get the opportunity to help in the conservation of the Celtic species that have survived in this woodland for Millenia.

A 4 hour minibus/walking tour out of Derry, with a one hour stop for lunchPrices from £40 per person.

Minimum 2 – Maximum 10 participants. 

Groups of 4 or more please book 7 days in advance. 

Please Note – These experiences requires a moderate amount of walking across uneven terrain. Sturdy walking boots and outdoor clothing essential.

‘We have no wide prairies nor great forests of native pine’ (From Bogland – by Seamus Heaney)

We do however, have ancient landscapes full of myths and legends that have survived from pre – historic times. On this experiential tour you will discover the quirky stories behind sacrificial Bog Body habitats and the ritual significance of Giant`s Graves and Stone Circles from expert local guide Martin Bradley.  Explore pagan sites that are rich in local folk lore where even the history of how, these ancient sites, have survived for over two thousand years make fascinating tales on their own.  Martin will also bring you to Pagan Wells and Fairy Trees where you will also discover the myths and stories that are woven into the history of these sacred sites.

On this tour visitors will enjoy unique story telling experiences where archaeology, folklore and nature are combined to provide fascinating insights that help explain the origins of many of Ireland`s cultural traditions.

A 6 hour mini bus/walking tour out of Derry/Londonderry, with a one hour stop for lunch.    Prices from £55 per person 

Minimum 2 – Maximum 10 participants.    Groups of 4 or more please book 7 days in advance.  

Please Note: These experiences require a moderate amount of walking across wet uneven terrain and the crossing of one stile.  Sturdy walking boots and outdoor clothing are essential.

Halloween Origins

 

Discover Halloween`s Celtic Archaeology, Mythology and Plant Lore.

A highly unusual Cultural Experience that explores the origins and survival of Samhain “Halloween” through the centuries, the Festival that marks the beginning of winter and celebrates the Celtic New Year.

As a cultural phenomenon Samhain has evolved and been celebrated in the Irish Countryside for at least 2,000 years. Today many of the sites and habitats associated with the festival now known as Halloween lie dormant in the countryside surrounding Derry, waiting patiently for their “stories to be told”.

This entertaining and informative experience provides visitors with enthralling insights and stories associated with ancient – giant`s graves, stone circles, standing stones and sacrificial wetland sites. Visitors will also discover pagan wells, sacred trees and learn some Irish plant lore, even discover how our vampire (parasitic) plants have evolved.

  • A small group experience    Maximum 10 participants – Minimum 2 participants.
  • Exploration requires a moderate amount of walking across wet terrain (hiking/waterproof footwear essential).
  • Experience available through the year – not just October.  Suitable for over 16 year olds only..
  • Check out DerryHalloween.com for up to date information in October each year.
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The Spectacular Seascapes and Archaeology of Inishowen

 

Enjoy a fascinating walking/minibus tour of the wonderful coastal scenery and ancient archaeology of Inishowen Peninsula. On this informative and entertaining tour curious visitors will discover many hidden aspects of this beautiful stretch of coastline. A coast that has been sculped by both the Wild Atlantic and the glaciers of past Ice Ages for millenia. Uniquely this tour also explores a number of amazing landscape features that been shaped by Inishowen`s prehistoric farming communities.

This special experience gives visitors a real understanding of a part of Ireland that is largely unknown. An unforgettable experience in the company of a highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fully trained landscape guide that has been exploring the North West of Ireland for decades.

Inishowen
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