Van Morrison trail launched before ‘old school’ gigs

Van Morrison down in The Hollow
Van Morrison down in The Hollow

Just as Van Morrison gets set to play a trio of sold-out gigs at his old school, a tourist trail marking some of the important spots in his life has been launched.

Called ‘The Mystic of the East – Van Morrison Trail’, it is a map which connects the performer’s lyrics to specific places in the east of Belfast where he grew up.

The map is available from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre in the middle of the city from Friday.

It contains links to a number of his songs which can be accessed by scanning a code on the map using a smartphone.

The long-term idea is that these codes will be physically affixed to points along the trail.

The launch comes just ahead of a concert on Friday night at Orangefield High School by the singer, organised specially for former pupils.

Then there will be another gig tomorrow for members of the public, before a final gig for former pupils is staged on Sunday.

All three nights are sold out.

In a statement accompanying the launch of the trail map, Mr Morrison said: “The Hollow Van said, “The Hollow, Orangefield, Hyndford Street, Cyprus Avenue, North Road, St Donard’s Church, the Connswater River, all bring back happy memories of my years in the east.“

As well as picking up the map at the Welcome Centre, they can be obtained by sending an A5 stamped addressed envelope to Connswater Community Greenway, 278-280 Newtownards Road, BT4 1HE or via download from