This free App, which has been created in a joint venture by Ards and North Down Borough Councils, takes the user on a journey throughout the two boroughs telling the fascinating story of what has become known as the 'home of the Ulster-Scots'.
The App allows the user to follow an audio tour detailing the history and stories of the main Ulster-Scots sites of interest such as Bangor Abbey, North Down Museum, Newtownards Priory and Grey Abbey, along with associated images of the sites. The tour is also accompanied with a map of the driving route detailing site locations and providing an historical synopsis.
The Ulster-Scots story is further told through an extended places of interest section and image gallery alongside a comprehensive biographies’ section which details the lives of the most influential Ulster-Scots settlers of the day, including Sir James Hamilton and Sir Hugh Montgomery, 'fathers' of the settlements of the early 1600s. When visiting the sites the user can also test their Ulster-Scots historical knowledge and what they have learned on the tour with an interactive quiz relating to each site.
Also included is a fully functional tourism App, covering everything a visitor needs to know about the Ards and North Down areas, from accommodation to attractions and activities, useful information and places to eat. An events calendar allows visitors to keep up to date with all that is going on across the boroughs, while a local offers section shows discounts and more available from businesses in Ards and North Down.
The App can be downloaded free from both the iTunes and Google Play stores along or via www.discoverardsandnorthdown.com
. An informational video on the Apps functions can be viewed on YouTube http://tinyurl.com/ok6hce3
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