Slanes Graveyard, Church & Souterrain


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2 hours
Tour Type:
Walking Tour
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Dating from the 13thcentury, the ancient burial ground of Slanes with its church ruins on a prominent hill-top site is a familiar landmark in the landscape south of Cloughey Village. It has been the site of burials from pre-Christian times as the nearby souterrain indicates. On this walk, you will hear the intriguing life stories of some of those whose last resting places are at your feet. Looking upward and outward, you take in a panoramic view of the countryside laid out before you. The nearby Derry Churches are reputed to be the oldest churches in the north of Ireland.

What our clients said about this tour

“The tour of Slanes Graveyard was a real eye opener thanks to Brigid. Her knowledge of the area and history of the ‘’residents’’ made for an entertaining and enjoyable time. It is all to easy to stroll around looking at headstones when gathering information for the family tree but if you want the history behind the words I would really recommend this tour. Brigid also provided valuable information on work already done on County Down headstone recording which has helped me move a generation further back on my family tree.”
Bob Moore, UK

What to bring on a walk:
Comfortable walking shoes; rainwear; warm clothing; sun cream; sunglasses; binoculars; water. No prior level of fitness is necessary as walks are over short distances at a leisurely pace which suits participants. No dogs allowed on walks.

Bespoke walking tours available and walks can be combined e.g. Portaferry town tour with Strangford Lough walk.

Other walks not publicised on the website are available, for example a visit to the holy wells at Templecooey and the nearby Fairy Fort at Tara, County Down

First Friday of each month and at other times by arrangement

15.15 – 17.15

Departure Point:
Entrance to Graveyard on Ardminnan road, 1km south of Cloughey village.

Group Bookings:
Discount rate available for groups of 6 or more people.  Please contact us for more information.

Slanes Graveyard, Church & Souterrain


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