'TEST TOUR' FOR ULSTER SCOTS TRAIL
Ards has been showcasing its Ulster Scots influences and history in a 'test tour' of a potential Ulster Scots Trail.
More than 20 tourism advisors from across Northern Ireland came to Ards last week to experience the 'Fair Fa'Ye tae the Airds' coach trip which included a talk from a native Ulster Scots speaker and a guided walking tour of Donaghadee, where characters along the route brought the town's history and association with Scots settlers to life.
The trip was organised and hosted by Ards Tourist Information Centre, one of only a handful of centres to be selected by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) to promote the best that an area has to offer for visitors and residents alike.
This was the second year in a row that the Newtownards Centre, which is owned and managed by Ards Borough Council, was successful in the NITB challenge.
"We were delighted not only to be chosen again as a showcase destination, but also to have the opportunity to test some of the elements which we hope to develop further into an Ulster Scots Trail," said Judith Francey, Tourist Information Centre Advisor. "The day was a great success and helped raise awareness, not just of our unique history, but of the attractions and beauty of the Ards in general. Our guests certainly enjoyed themselves and left much more knowledgeable about this area and its value as a tourism destination".
Anyone who would like more information about tourism in Ards should contact Ards Tourist Information Centre on 028 9182 6846.