Con O’Neill Bus Tour
Visit the historic locations where this 16th century lord rose and fell, in this two hour tour of Gaelic history of the most dark and dramatic sort. This bus tour will transport you back to the ancient townlands once ruled by the last Gaelic Lord of Clandeboye. Accompanied by a local tour guide you’ll travel back in time, and experience the dramatic arc of Con O’Neill’s life, as his story unfolds in the landscape where he rose and fell.
As your tour guide weaves together history and folklore in the telling of Con’s story, you’ll visit these locations: Your tour begins with the ancient rath at Lisnabreeny and the beginning of Gaelic life. You’ll see the hill of Con’s inauguration, where he rose to power, and learn about the curious customs of a ceremony linked to a pagan past.
Visit the site, high in the Castlereagh hills, where the O’Neill stronghold once stood, see a panoramic view of Con’s townlands, and hear the tragic tale of his downfall.
You’ll walk the footbridge used by Con and his men to cross the Connswater River, when they travelled from the coast up to his hilltop castle. Explore the overgrown garden which some believe is the location of Con O’Neill’s final resting place, and perhaps, you’ll be inclined to pay your respects to “the auld King” as the tour ends.
Tour lasts approximately 2.5 hrs.
Our video gives a quick summary of Con O’Neill and his ancient burial place in east Belfast.
Our Tours Include:
- Entertaining and knowledgeable guides
- 2.5 hour duration
- Central location pickup and drop-off
It’s all on our doorstep
Thank you. Thank you. I learned so much about a place I thought I knew everything about.
Fantastic bus tour with excellent guide and equally excellent fellow travellers. Highly recommended.