Scots Irish (Ulster Scots) Connections - Private Walking Tour

Discover the fascinating history of the Scots who settled in Ulster, their role in the city and throughout the province and the island of Ireland, and their emigration to the New World and in particular their subsequent role in the formation of the United States.


2 hours


Derry/Londonderry City Centre

This tour may be of particular interest to those interested in genealogy, and retracing their Ulster and Irish roots.

As my surname Douglas suggests, my ancestors were probably lowland Scots who came over to the area in the late 1600's/early 1700's as I have found records of them being tenant farmers on the outskirts of the city in the mid 1700's. Accordingly, I have been fascinated in their history, and in late Feb 2020, just before the first covid lockdown, I launched my Scots Irish/Ulster Scots Connections of the City tour.

This tour tells about the relationship between Scotland and Ireland, of the many emigations and immigrations that took place over the ages, before the more organised "Plantation of Ulster" in the early 1600's. 

As we do a circuit around the 400 year old city walls, you will hear about many prominent Ulster Scots, including David Cairnes and Adam Murray (and also the infamous Robert Lundy) from the 1688/89 siege, the shirt factory owners such as William Tillie and then hear about the emigations to the United States and the New World and hear about these prominent Scots/Irish who became pioneers and presidents in America.

We've been on two walking tours now with David. One about the city walls and the second with an Ulster Scots/Irish theme. David is very knowledgeable about everything we saw and was able to give us references to find further info if wanted. I'm not really a history buff unlike my husband but the two hours flew by full of interesting stories, anecdotes and humour
Ruth M (Eglinton)