My Northern Ireland adventure began with me flying into Dublin with Air Canada...our first hotel,the posh Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle, Northern Ireland,which seemed full of Americans,there to play a few dream rounds at Royal County Down Golf Club. My stately room overlooked the Mountains of Mourne……. We had a fabulous lunch at the hotel restaurant----and met our ridiculously charming Blue Badge Guide for the week Billy Scott who, we would learn, tells great stories, even if some call for a pinch of salt or two.
Lola Augustine Brown - GOODTIMES.CA - 1st September 2020
They enjoyed a Black Cab Tour with tour guide Billy Scott, who highlighted some of the city’s murals and peace walls……”Unreal. The tour was unreal,” said Daithi.
RTE Sinann Fetherston - Daithi O Se on his staycation with Rita and Michael Og. - 28th August 2020
The holder of a Blue Badge (the gold standard for guides). Billy is a walking---well driving---encyclopedia of Belfast facts and figures who entertains as much as he informs the tourists who hire him.
Tom Sweeney - Irish Herald - 10th June 2020
Larger than life Billy Scott is a tour guide veteran, who breaks into song just as quickly as he rattles off his patter about Belfast on his bus!
Ivan Little Belfast Telegraph - 13th April 2020
Larger than life Billy Scott is a tour guide veteran, who breaks into song just as quickly as he rattles off his patter about Belfast on his bus...
Ivan Little - Belfast Telegraph - 13th April 2020
The 200 km trip along a two lane road from Derry-Londonderry to Belfast--with diversions to visit picturesque villages and GOT filming locations -- follows a route rich with folklore, history, castle ruins and magnificent natural wonders. …..rugged coastline and cliff top views of sublime crescent beaches? Do it yourself if right hand driving isn’t a concern. Or hire a car and driver, which comes with the bonus of a knowledgeable and entertaining person behind the wheel, like we had with exceptional Blue Badge guide Billy Scott.
Linda Barnard - GoodLife Magazine - 15th December 2019
I don’t know where Billy Scott gets his poems but if you’re looking for a recitation, there’s no better audience seat than in his black cab…. He’s part tour guide, part Belfast Institution and occasional comedian…...operating tailored tours that will more than fill any gaps in your historical knowledge.
Aoife Finneran - The Irish Sun - 1st April 2019
From the Falls and the Shankill Rd to the so called ‘peace lines’,the Troubles cast a tangible shadow across the present. For outsiders it can be baffling, but jump on a Black Taxi Tour to get an insight into the complexities behind the headlines. One of the most experienced guides is Billy Scott whose prodigious knowledge extends way beyond politics to reveal the rich heritage of the city….
Paula Hardy - Lonely Planet - 30th March 2018
As a guest of Tourism Ireland. I travelled with Billy Scott, an exceptional guide who tirelessly explained the country’s centuries-old complexities (and many a ‘Game of Thrones’ plot twist) during a six day visit.
Patricia Schultz (Global Ambassador Trafalgar Travel) - 20th September 2017
As a guest of Tourism Ireland. I travelled with Billy Scott, an exceptional guide who tirelessly explained the country’s centuries-old complexities (and many a “Game of Thrones plot twist) during a six day visit. Beyond the city limits. Lonely Planet stated in its 2017 edition of “Epic Drives of the World”. The writers were alluding to the Antrim Coastline….. The 5 mile Giants Causeway.… We stayed in the old- timey 28 room Causeway Hotel….on a windswept promontory with sunset views of the Atlantic. In the charming town of Bushmills, you can sign up for guided tours at the Bushmills Distillery...the oldest continuously operating distillery in the world. Co Antrim is a treasure trove of attractions. Set-jetters(“Game of Thrones” fans, also known as “Thronies”) diligently find their way to ….the Dark Hedges (Kings Road in the series)....Ballintoy Harbour (Lordsport Harbour in the Iron Islands)... The popular Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge…… Derry (to Nationalists) and Londonderry (to Unionists)....is Ireland’s earliest example of town planning and it’s only walled city, enclosed by a completely intact set of brooding 17th century ramparts….A one hour walk along its mile long circumference… The ugly events of Bloody Sunday in 1972 focused the attention of the world on Derry….. Co Down and the rolling green velvet curves of the Mourne Mountains called. The sprawling, Victorian red-brick Slieve Donard Resort and Spa…..Its legendary neighbour is Royal County Down Golf Course...Voted the No1 golf course in the world by Golf Digest in 2016…. On our way back to Dublin Airport, we made one final and special detour to the simple, alleged tomb of St Patrick in the small town of Downpatrick….
Patricia Schultz (Global Ambassador Trafalgar Travel) - Travel Weekly - 20th September 2017
Europe’s friendliest party town? So it is,says our writer. Try to book Billy Scott, a fabulous guide.
Chris Haslam - The Sunday Times - 13th August 2017
As we leave the city of Belfast behind, the snow starts to fall. A blizzard is predicted…...its not long before we hear the road ahead is closed so, changing plans, we turn inland towards the Dark Hedges, the one thing that i long to photograph more than any other. The snow is getting thicker and the car skids, but with Billy, our driver, i feel in safe hands…… As we drive down a winding narrow lane, the wild coast comes into view. Huge waves crash against the rocks around Ballintoy Harbour. The sea is magnificent in deep shades of blue,grey and green with white horses galloping towards the cliffs...its beautiful and mesmerising..A number of scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in and around Ballintoy Harbour… Lunch at Bushmills Inn…. Oozing character and charm with oak beams and roaring fires,....i immediately fall in love with the place...Lunch is excellent as is a glass of Hot Bush… The Giants Causeway….. As i clamber over the columns, a dark ominous weather front is moving in...We retreat into the shelter of the visitors centre. While we didn’t have much time at the Causeway it was a fabulous, invigorating day, one that i wouldn’t of missed for all the whiskey in Ireland.
Kathryn Burrington - Travel with Kat - 9th August 2017
If you find yourself in Belfast,be sure to look up the bauld Billy. “His business card reads: “coach guide-walking guide-driver” but Billy is much more than that. He’s the tour guides answer to amateur dramatics-and Belfast is his stage.Simply put, he’s pretty fantastic.”
Kelly Clarke - Khaleej Times - 15th April 2017
Admittedly, the picturesque and scenic locations i visited wouldn’t have been the same without the tales being told by my guides, especially Billy Scott. His whimsy and wisecracks ran wild, from the macabre descriptions of ghosts and goblins to the fairytale moments. In the end, everyone had to admit that they loved his descriptions….
Sonja Stark - 15th March 2017
This is thanks. In large part to my fantastic tour guide Billy Scott. A man who both knows more and can make up more about Belfast than any living soul.
Lela London - 20th January 2017