Roots Revealed Tours offers Bespoke Ancestral Heritage Tours that are specifically tailored for you and your group  - they will take you off the beaten track for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience that will enable you to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.  Walking Tours of Historic Ballymena are also available as your own private tour.


 My homeland is a place full of history, mythology and culture as well as varied and breathtaking scenery and I’d love to share it with you.  You'll be in good hands with the services of a qualified and fully insured tour guide.

This is the land of saints and scholars that has castles, abbeys, grand country houses, old churches, battle sites, ancient monuments and burial sites, Norman mottes along with the most beautiful beaches and stories galore of Celtic warriors and the fairy folk.  We have music,  dancing and wonderful food that you can wash down with locally crafted beer, gin or uisce beatha (whiskey, the water of life).

Let me guide you off the beaten track and show you what my homeland has to offer.



Taking You Off the Beaten Track



Are you a member of the Irish, Scotch-Irish or Ulster-Scots diaspora and planning to return home to visit Ireland, or ‘the aul country’ as those who emigrated often called it?  Would you like to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors and visit the places they lived, worshipped, went to school, married and are buried?  Would you like a local guide to arrange an itinerary, accompany you and ensure that you have a unique and individualised experience visiting the places that are important to you?


​​Roots Revealed Tours can provide you with a Bespoke Ancestor Tour anywhere on the island of Ireland and designed entirely for your needs.  This service is available for individuals and groups and can be for one day duration or longer.

As a qualified and experienced genealogist, I can carry out family history research before you arrive, or accompany you to archives where I can help you to find your ancestors in the records, if you prefer.

In addition to designing a bespoke Ancestor Tour itinerary, you have the choice as to whether you would like Roots Revealed to arrange optional extras such as visiting hidden gems that are off the beaten track, trying your hand at making potato bread, visiting a local working farm, listening to the 'brattle' of the lambegs at a drumming match, tasting an artisan whiskey or joining the locals at a traditional music session (all subject to availability).


As the Roots Revealed Ancestral Tours are entirely bespoke for each client or group, a quotation for costs will be provided when your requirements have been determined.


WALKING TOURS OF HISTORIC BALLYMENA - City of the Seven Towers and Gateway to the Glens of Antrim

Whether you're on a staycation, or are coming from further afield, a walking tour of Ballymena is sure to give you plenty to talk about and new things to learn. 


Join me on this 2-hour walking tour of historic Ballymena.  Known as the City of the Seven Towers and also as the Gateway to the Glens of Antrim, Ballymena is just 15 miles from the Causeway Coastal Route, close to iconic Game of Thrones filming locations and a stone's throw from Slemish mountain where St Patrick tended sheep whilst a slave. Hear the story of the Seven Towers, tales of feudal lordships, of deals with the devil, the headless horseman, of ancient monastic settlements, the rebels of 1798, along with the more recent history of this busy market town and popular shopping destination.

Tours are delivered on a pre-booked basis and this guarantees that you are on a private tour only with your family or close friends.

Tour tickets are £10 per person.  Walking tours are for a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 9 people.


If you would like to arrange a private tour, then please get in touch with your proposed date and time.  When a date and time has been agreed upon, I will invoice you so that you can pay online before the tour commences.


Measures to take care of your health and safety include a robust Risk Assessment, social distancing, contactless payment, small group and private tours that must be pre-booked and sanitisation.

More detail may be seen in our Health and Safety Policy.

Roots Revealed have also updated their Tours Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy that now includes extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19.  In the event that a tour must be cancelled due to COVID-19, guests will be offered the opportunity to reschedule free of charge, or accept a voucher to re-book at a later time, or obtain a refund.