This was the third trip to Ireland for my husband and me, but a first for the other 15 family members who were with us–7 adults and 6 youngsters between the ages of 12 and 17. We initially chose the Ards Peninsula because my father’s ancestors lived there, but it turned out to be a great destination all on its own merits. The whole family stayed at the beautiful Cairn Bay Lodge in Bangor. On one full day we had an excellent personalized tour with local guide Brigid Watson of Ards Peninsula Tours. We would never have found all the places she took us, and we enjoyed having her tell us about the history, geography, and geology of the peninsula. When she learned of my interest in genealogy, she followed up with an email containing several websites where I might find additional information. She also checked some cemetery listings on my behalf. The five stars are well-deserved all around. The area is vibrant without crowds, people are friendly and welcoming, and the scenery is breath-taking.

Jean Woolley