Plan your Game of Thrones inspired Northern Ireland road trip
Seven Kingdoms in one island
Famously home to more Seven Kingdoms locations than anywhere else in the world, Northern Ireland truly is Game of Thrones territory. Whether you’re a super-fan or an unconverted skeptic, here is our shortlist of stunning GoT Road Trip Stops.
From the Riverlands to the Iron Islands, the Dothraki Sea to Winterfell, you can map out your destinations to take in the Seven Kingdoms while soaking up the breathtakingly scenic beauty of Northern Ireland.
Start off in Westeros to begin your GoT immersion.
Tollymore Forest Park
The first state park in Northern Ireland and a rare treat to enjoy all year round. Be ready to spot rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves set in amongst exotic trees such as monkey puzzle, eucalyptus, giant redwoods and Monterey pines.
Tollymore was home of the White Walkers, where Ned Stark discovered the direwolves and the destination of the Night’s Watch deserters to receive their punishment.
A huge monastic site dating back to the year 800 AD, located on the bank of the Quoile River and founded by John de Courcy, with 12th and 13th century buildings and a church thought to predate 1193.
Inch Abbey is the site where Lady Catelyn Stark hears the news of Ned’s death and where Robb Stark was crowned the King of the North after the Battle of the Whispering Wood.
An 18th Century mansion located on the shores of Strangford Lough, less than an hour from Belfast and famed for its mixture of architectural styles and stunning grounds.
The Castle Ward farmyard was used as the location of Winterfell for the first series of GoT. It is also home to the Whispering Wood and sets the scene for the Baelor battle. Visitors are invited to experience GoT through a replica of the Winterfell Archery Range where you can dress up, learn archery and re-enact your favourite scene.
Move from the North through the Neck and into the Stormlands of the Seven Kingdoms.
The caves were formed over 400 million years ago through extreme weather conditions and although an understated spot, located in a small, quiet village, they are awe-inspiring and well worth a visit.
The caves are the home of dark magic and the location where the Red Woman (Melisandre) gave birth to her shadow baby.
Known as the ‘raised beach’ and located in the tiny picturesque village of Ballintoy, this small fishing harbour is nestled down below the main road and makes a perfect stop while touring the North Coast route.
The stunning backdrop (which became known as Pyke Harbour), served as the location for Theon Greyjoy arriving back to the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship. It is also the location for his first meeting with his sister Yara.
The Dark Hedges
A breathtaking avenue of beech trees planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to impress visitors who were approaching their home, Gracehill House. They continue to impress to this day and are largely recognised as being one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.
The Dark Hedges line “The Kingsroad” which connected Castle Black to Winterfell and onwards south of King’s Landing. You may also remember Arya Stark escaping through them, disguised as a boy.
The last kingdom to visit is the coast of Dorne, from the beaches of Dragonstone, right through to the lair of a Lannister fugitive.
With miles of golden sand and otherworldly dunes full of wildlife, Portstewart Strand is not to be missed. Whether for a bracing walk soaking up the endless skyline or being brave and taking to the water, it’s hard to forget this stunning spot.
The Kingdom of Dorne is known for its warm, southern climate and Portstewart Strand provided the perfect setting. Its wild sand dunes set the scene for Jamie Lannister and Brown to make their landing in the Southern Kingdom to rescue Myrcella Baratheon.
A remarkable spot perched on the edge of a 120 ft cliff top, above the Atlantic Ocean, Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 as a summer library, inspired by the architecture of Tivoli, Rome. One of the most recognisable and photographed scenes in Ireland, set above one of its flattest widest sandy beaches.
The Red Lady (Melisandre) and Stannis Baratheon visited this spot which was also known as the ancestral home to the House Targaryen.
If you weren’t a GOT convert before you hit the road, we’re sure this will have sparked your intrigue – now back to the boxsets!
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