In the Footsteps of Seamus Heaney

Having known and worked with Seamus Heaney over many years and having grown up in the same fields and lanes and knowing the same people in his native Bellaghy, I feel uniquely gifted to help you discover the place that inspired Seamus Heaney. This is no stranger’s view of the poet in his place, but that of a generation that has been influenced by Seamus over the years and known him personally for decades.

About the Tour

This is a half day driving tour which includes multiple stops.

seamus-heaney-5Walk through the fields of Tamlaghduff within sight of Seamus Heaney’s family home at ‘The Wood’, perhaps enjoying a chance meeting with one of his brothers; stroll through the ‘squeaking sedge’ on the Strand at Lough Beg, made famous in Seamus’ eulogy for his murdered cousin; gaze out over the vast expanse of Toner’s Bog, from his eponymous poem ‘Digging’, now returned to its natural state in the total stillness of Ballymacombs. Or simply breathe the Bellaghy air that Seamus himself breathed as you immerse yourself in the totality of his amazing sense of place.

Whether you’re a Seamus Heaney novice or a scholar of his body of work, this tour will be intimate, moving and arresting in equal measure, delivered with the characteristic humour, knowledge and subtlety of a fellow Bellaghy native.

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What You Can Expect

Visit and Learn about the places that feature in many of Seamus Heaney’s most famous poems: –

  • The Forge at Hillhead
  • Mossbawn
  • Lagan’s Road
  • Eel Fishery at Toome
  • The Strand at Lough Beg
  • Church Island
  • Toner’s Bog
  • Bellaghy Bawn
  • Seamus Heaney’s Grave

The tour will use the power of Seamus Heaney’s poetry to evoke the history and the culture of all of the places that so influenced his later work and that won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.

In addition you can visit Seamus Heaney HomePlace before or after the tour (you should allow 90 minutes) which costs an additional £7.00 per adult/£4.50 concession.

Tour Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • All entrance fees included (Seamus Heaney HomePlace add £7.00 per adult)
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Light Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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About InSite Tours Admin

InSite Tours Ireland is owned and managed by Fergal Kearney and offers specialist guided tours focusing on the distinctive characteristics of his native Northern Ireland. With over 20 years experience in tourism on the island of Ireland, with 15 of those spent at Tourism NI, Fergal has an unsurpassed knowledge of the destination and its unique culture and environment.

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