Northern Ireland has a rich Ulster-Scots heritage, with plenty of opportunities to explore it for yourself. Along the coast there are beautiful walks to ‘Dander Aroon’ that will transform the explorer back to where the original Ulster-Scots made their mark in the area. The ‘Danders Aroon’ project does just that, five videos for five walks inspired by their links to the early Ulster-Scots arrival in Northern Ireland that are easy to follow and highly informative.
The project was conceived and delivered by NPE Media, a local production company run by Graham Little, who also presented the videos detailing the Ulster-Scots history surrounding the five walks. These videos are hosted on WalkNI.com with additional content for each location, delving even deeper into the heritage of the area. The videos are designed so you can take them with you on your walk adding an element of interactivity to the experience.
All five walks are less than 5 miles long and have stunning views ranging from the Causeway Coast all the way down to the Ards Peninsula and Strangford Lough, including: Dunseverick, Donaghadee, Islandmagee, Belfast Lagan and Delamont.
The video series was made with funding from Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund and The Ulster-Scots Agency.
Speaking about the project, Richard Hanna, Director of Education and Language at the Ulster-Scots Agency said:
“The Ulster-Scots Agency is delighted to support the production of ‘Danders Aroon’. This unique resource provides users with the opportunity to enjoy some beautiful walks in Northern Ireland at the same time learning about the Ulster-Scots connections associated with the localities. It also provides opportunities for those abroad to have a virtual experience, enjoying the Ulster countryside and learning about Ulster-Scots connections, perhaps providing inspiration to visit and experience the places in person.”
We cannot wait for more people to get out and explore the local history of the Ulster- Scots on our doorsteps.