Halloween has developed from Samhain, the the Celtic Harvest Festival of full and plenty and the pagan Feast of the Dead. To mark this occasion, Gullion A. Walking Tours are commencing their inaugural guided historical walks in both Bessbrook and Forkhill. Anne Fearon and Venora Hovelt, both qualified tour guides, will lead these walks.
WALK 1- BESSBROOK- THE ORIGINAL QUAKER VILLAGE
On Friday 30th October at 2pm, we will meet at Bessbrook Mill. The original Quaker village, founded by the Richardson family in in the 1850’s was a vibrant centre of the linen industry. From there we will visit this unique planned village of workers cottages, hearing about its infrastructure and heritage. Visitors will also learn of the Famine years in the area, and of both American and English influences in the 20th century.
Our tour continues to the 100 acre National Trust Derrymore Estate, the Quakers Meeting House and the villages’ tranquil graveyard. Hear stories of how Samhain, or Halloween, was a time when the spirits of our forefathers returned to visit, and how todays’ customs are rooted in Samhain folklore.
A unique blend of Heritage, History and Architecture!
Terrain; On roads and footpaths with some hilly inclines. Easy to moderate.
Maximum numbers; 12. Suitable for children 7+ Booking is essential.
Cost; £15.00 per person.
WALK 2- THE POET’S TRAIL TO URNEY.
On Saturday 31st October at 11.00am, we meet at Larkins Publc house Forkhill. On this 2 hour circular walk, visitors will walk through idyllic country paths and along riverbanks, to the tranquil and littleknown graveyard and church at Urney. Said to have been founded by St Patrick in the 6th Century, the graveyard is the final resting place of famous poets, soldiers and sacred men. Hear of the poet, musician and teacher Peadar O’ Doirnin who fled the infamous Johnston of the Fews, and who ironically, later saved his life. Listen to tales of Samhain celebrations.
On the return journey, enjoy the biodiversity of the Borderland landscape and stunning views of the mountain. We end in the plantation village of Forkhill and learn about its diverse history.
A tranquil and bio-diverse walk with some tall tales!
Terrain; A 10 minute incline on road, then grass and country trails. Easy to moderate.
Maximum numbers; 12. Suitable for children 7+.Booking is essential.
Cost; £15 per person
Sturdy footwear, raingear and facecoverings are strongly recommended for both walks.