Ulster-Scots Heritage in North Down

North Down has a rich history of Ulster-Scots heritage with “the Founding Fathers of the Ulster-Scots”, James Hamilton and Hugh Montgomery arriving in the Ards and North Down in May 1606. This marked the beginning of what would see a flood of thousands of Scottish tenants who were to transform the area forever.

Audio Driving Tours are available to take you on a journey through the two boroughs delving into the rich Ulster-Scots heritage, culture and architecture dating back from the first landings including Tower House in Bangor and the Priory in Ards. You will hear the legends and stories of characters such as the great Betsy Gray prominent in the 1798 Rebellion and poor Archibald Wilson, hung on Bangor Pier for his part in the Rebellion. You will visit sites such as North Down Museum where you can view Thomas Raven’s original maps of Sir James Hamilton’s lands in North Down dating back to the 1630’s and the interactive version of these priceless maps through to grand estates such as Rosemount in The Ards.

To Download the Audio Driving tours visit www.northdowntourism.com or contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre for a copy of our Audio Driving tours disc.
T: 028 9127 0069
E: tic@northdown.gov.uk.
NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.



The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Bangor Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Various North Down beginning at Tower House, Quay Street, BangorBegin your journey at Tower House, Quay Street, Bangor
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