The free App which has been created in a joint venture by Ards and North Down Borough Councils and funded by DCAL through the Ministerial Advisory Group Ulster-Scots (MAGUS), 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 1600’s. 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 including the Ulster-Scots music and dance at Cockle Row Cottages in Groomsport this summer, while a local offers section shows discounts and more available from businesses in Ards and North Down.
Speaking at the launch of the App, Councillor Stephen McIlveen, Mayor of Ards, said:
“We are delighted with the launch of this App. The Boroughs have long been seen as the birthplace of the Ulster-Scots and using this new technology gives us another opportunity to spread knowledge about and create interest in, our history to visitors and locals alike”..
Mayor of North Down, Councillor Wesley Irvine added,
“This is an excellent example of two councils working together for the benefit of their tourism industries. However, it would not have been possible to embrace new technologies such as this without the support of MAGUS and DCAL and our appreciation very much goes out to them for making it possible”.
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. Click Here