Celebrating Glens Heritage Tour Guides
WorldHost, Causeway Coast and Glens
Published August 30, 2017
Myths and legends, history and archaeology, traditions and heritage, The Glens of Antrim has is alive with it and have some of the most amazing landscapes and seascapes in the world.
Due to these rich traditions, The Glens are gaining the reputation as the ‘cultural heart of the causeway coastal route’. Until recently The Glens have remained largely untouched, but growing interest in the region has seen it become a must-see tourism destination. The training of local heritage tour guides has been a crucial step in opening The Glens of Antrim to visitors.
It was for this reason that the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust through The Heart of The Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund have provided training for 14 local people to become fully recognised tour guides at OCN Level 2 and 9 local people at Level 3. This training has brought life to the stories of the local landscape, developed the capacity of local people, created a network of quality local guides for the area and provided income generating opportunities for local businesses.
Réamaí Mathers Manager of the Scheme said “We are delighted to have been able to support these new tour guides, many of which are already successfully leading a wide range of tours across the region. This scheme is a fantastic example of how the investment in our area by The Heritage Lottery Fund, through the Heart of The Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme is delivering a legacy that will continue to flourish long into the future. Quality tour guides can bring a landscape alive and with walking tours, food tours and much more visitors are now able to experience the Glens in a personal way. We would also like to thank Colette McCafferty and Judith Boyle for delivering a challenging yet inspiring training programme, which was enjoyed immensely by the trainee tour guides’.
A celebration and presentation event of the successes of our new tour guides was held in the Old school House in Cushendall on Tuesday 29th of August in which The Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Cathal McLaughlin and Deputy Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council Cheryl Johnston, presented the certificates to the successful tour guides. We also had Brian Connolly from Tourism NI and Carol Long, tourism officer for Mid & East Antrim in attendance to show their support to the new heritage tour guides.
In addition to their OCN tour guiding achievements the participants were presented with their WorldHost certificates on completion of Principles of Customer Service, Customers with Disabilities, Service across Cultures and Ambassador workshop training.
The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust would especially like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund who has supported this fantastic work.
Angelina Fusco, Member of the HLF NI Committee who attended the celebration added “Landscapes are more than just beautiful scenery: they are the backdrop to a wealth of community and family heritage and stories. Thanks to National Lottery players, our Landscape Partnerships are helping to build partnerships and enable people to work together on interlinked projects to tackle the needs of their local landscapes. As this project demonstrates, it’s not just the flora and fauna that benefit. Training local people to have the skills and confidence to gather and share the stories of their landscape is a vital part of helping everyone to connect with and enjoy these fabulous places”.
To find out more about our projects visit our website www.heartoftheglens.org
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