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"As storytellers go, we found one of the best. A living, breathing legacy of the Causeway Coast, Mark shared his ancestry with us. He is a third generation guide, telling those who visit tales of the families that made a living and life along the Giants Causeway. " Judy Garrison, International food wine and Travel Writers Association , December 2017
Dalriada Kingdom Tours is a family run business based in Portrush . It was established to revive a family tradition, for 125 years the Purdy’s have worked on the Giants Causeway site. In that time we have been kelp harvesters, fishmongers and guides. Now with the support of the real Causeway families this company has established itself at the forefront of the Guided Touring experience across the shoreline from Belfast to Derry/Londonderry. Commentary is provided en Route and guided walks are conducted in Glenarm ,Glenariff, Carrick a Rede, Balintoy, Rathlin Island the Giants Causeway . We also tour Exclusively on Dunluce Castle. There is not another company that has this level of access or that can guide at such a high standard on our iconic sites.
Our principal Guide Mark Rodgers Guides regularly for Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland and has recently represented Tourism Ireland at an annual event in Atlanta Georgia USA . The Stone Mountain Highland Games attracts 250.000 visitors with Ulster Scots/ Scots Irish ancestry and Mark was part of a team selected to encourage these folk to travel “home” to discover their routes.
Mark also sits on the committee of Tour Guiding Northern Ireland and is heavily involved in steering this sector to meet the new and growing demands that lay ahead in 2018 and beyond.
Mark is the “official guide” for the MacDonnell family of Glenarm, ( Lord Antrim) and he guides for our leading hotel group, Hastings Hotels.
We work with other local Tour Guiding companies , and Guide for travel companies and tour operators nationally and internationally.We have brought business into this area and local coffee shops, restaurants, guest houses and hotels have enjoyed working closely with us to showcase our home.
We believe that knowledge of a destination is the key to providing an experience that goes beyond the expectations of our guests .
“The Causeway Coast and the Glens of Antrim are my home I have been exploring this shoreline for 30 years and I love this area and it’s people very dearly. If you want to discover majestic landscapes, learn our history and our heritage and experience our culture ,then Tour with us , no one does it better.” Mark Rodgers