The Ultimate Game of Thrones adventure in Northern Ireland

If you would have told me before that it was possible to step out of the real world and into the fantasy land of Westeros, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But that’s exactly where I have been during the past weekend!

With two weeks before the exciting return of the Game of Thrones long-waited season 7, I took part in the ultimate GoT fan experience, a press trip to Northern Ireland to discover some of the filming locations of the series.

But this was not just any press trip. Oh no, this was fantasy from the beginning until the end and it started straight from the airport, where Will, the mightily Lord of Winterfell, was waiting to pick us up with his dragon (a minibus but hey, we can let out imagination go wild, right?).  The soundtrack of our journey was, as you might have guessed already, the opening song of the series.

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Soon enough, we hopped on the back of the dragon and headed towards Winterfell, where Lord Will prepared a royal banquet for us, with wild boar Baratheon sandwiches, Castle Black vegetable soup and Lady Sansa’s favourite lemon cake (in the form of apple pie 😊), accompanied by jugs of wine. The entire feast took place in a large ball tent, with an open fire in the middle, recreating very well a medieval atmosphere.

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A surprise was waiting for us at Winterfell, we were about to meet some of the cast from Game of Thrones. We were very excited about it, trying to guess who might be hiding behind the castle doors: could it be Jon Snow? Maybe Arya Stark? What if it was Cersei? It was none of them though, it was much better! We got to meet two of the direwolves belonging to the Stark children: Odin (who played Summer, Bran’s direwolf) and Thor (who played Grey Wind, Rob’s direwolf). Odin and Thor are Northern Inuit Dogs, the closest breed resembling a wolf. They were simply adorable, very playful and searching for attention, which of course we offered without any hesitation.

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Walk around Winterfell

Castle Ward, 40 minutes away from Belfast, is the real location where Winterfell was filmed. Even without the CGI, as soon as you enter the main gate you can feel that you have taken an imaginary step into the movie. Looking right I could easily imagine Bran struggling with his archery skills, teased by Arya with her perfect target and encouraged by Ned: “And which one of you was a marksman at 10?”.

Once we changed from our 20th century clothes into the real costumes from the movie, with our long black cloaks, we emerged into the medieval world of Winterfell. Even the weather contributed to the atmosphere of the series, rainy with low cloudy skies. It wouldn’t have been the same if it would have been sunny.

With the swords in our hands we headed on a walk around the grounds of Castle Ward, where many other scenes of the series were filmed. Our first stop was at the 15th century tower-house of Audley’s Castle, overlooking the Strangford Lough, where Will thought us how to fight like on the movie set, the same way the actors would learn the moves. He also told us that even with the computer manipulated scenes (like the Twin towers and the bridge owned by Lord Walder Frey), the HBO filming crew was helpless and they had to stop every time the modern local boat pulled into Portaferry, the town nearby.

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Walking down the path from the tower-house, alongside the water, we’ve stumbled upon the tree where Brienne of Tarth and Jamie Lannister found the corpses of three women hanged and she fights their killers. Of course, we recreated the scene where Brienne kills the last men: “Two quick deaths….”.

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Archery

Back at Winterfell castle we entered the courtyard and prepared for our first archery lesson. I have to admit that with my clumsiness I was sure I was going to poke my eye out but I managed to actually hit the target by following Will’s instructions. It was actually not that difficult, especially that the bows are easy to use, with marks on where to put the arrow and where to hold your fingers.

There are plenty of things to do at Castle Ward, the home of 20 filming locations. The best way to go around is by mountain bike, which you can rent from the castle. All the paths are marked and by booking the self-guided tour you will receive a location map and an iPad digital guide to help you recall and recreate the scenes from the movie.

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You can even spend the night at Winterfell, in one of the glamping pods in the forest nearby. You can book the entire Game of Thrones experience with the self-guided bike tour, the archery movie set experience and the one night in the glamping pod for just £199/couple, which I believe it’s a bargain. However, the demand is quite high so make sure you book in advance for this kind of experience. You can find out more details by visiting the Winterfell Tours website.

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Game of Thrones tour

The next morning, after a good night sleep at Hotel Europa, we started our journey up North, following the Causeway Coastal Route. Brian, our guide, met us in the lobby of the hotel and we made friends straight away. Himself was part of the secondary cast of Game of Thrones during 5 seasons and told us many stories from behind the scenes. It was fascinating to listen to him.

As soon as we left Belfast we got the chance to see the first major filming location which unfortunately it is not open to the public: “Castle Black and The Wall”, filmed at Magheramorne Quarry. There are signs everywhere to continue your journey, do not stop or slow down so we could only catch glimpses of it. Even so though, it was still amazing to start our trip with such an important sight!

The Doors of Game of Thrones

In 2016, during storm Gertrude, the Dark Hedges – the filming location for King’s Road, have lost a few of the iconic trees. Two of these trees have been carved into 10 beautiful pub doors, each of them telling a story of an episode from the 6th season. Each door has been installed in a pub close by a filming location and there is even a passport in which you can get stamps each time you visit one of the 10 selected pubs. I would actually love to return to Northern Ireland and do the trail of the doors.

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The first door we have seen was the one in Ballygally castle, a beautiful building overlooking the sea, home of one of the most famous ghosts in County Antrim. Lady Isobel Shaw has been locked in the tower of the castle and starved by her husband. She jumped to her death from the tiny window of the tower and since then she is haunting the castle by knocking on doors and then disappearing. You can visit her room and try on the black cloak (and definitely scare someone with it). The castle is now a hotel but the ghost room is not available to guests for booking.

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The Game of Thrones door from Ballygally castle is the entrance to the garden restaurant and it represents the famous Battle of the Bastards from episode 9, with the symbols of the Stark and Bolton families, Bolton’s dogs, an aggressive direwolf and the Winterfell Castle.

 

Cairncastle

In the first episode of Game of Thrones we meet Ned Stark, the Lord of Winterfell, carrying out the execution of the Night’s watcher deserter, under the eyes of Bran Stark, Jon Snow and Theon Greyjoy. I still remember Jon’s words towards Bran: “Don’t look away, father will know if you do”. The scenery surrounding them is green, peaceful, and maybe that’s what gives the scene its shocking factor, as you wouldn’t expect the execution to really take place. I find this moment to be a defining one for the series, from now on you will know what to expect if you continue watching.

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This place is Cairncastle, in the hills of County Antrim, the first place where I met closely the green of Ireland. We were surrounded by green and the only sounds breaking the silence around us were the sheep “baa”-ing and the powerful wind.

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Carnlough

We stopped at Carnlough for a quick cream tea with scones at The Londonderry Arms, where we received a presentation from Steenson’s jeweller, the ones who created most of the pieces worn by the characters of Game of Thrones, including Joffrey’s crown. They are not allowed to sell the original jewelleries from the series but they do have their own inspired GOT collection which you can buy by sending them an email.

After we’ve put on our Westeros costumes, equipped ourselves with swords and shields, real swords and shields, we headed down to Carnlough harbour, the location where Arya emerges from the water and crawls on the steps after she has been stabbed by Waif, in season 6. It was quite funny to walk on the side of the street dressed up, especially when a bus full of tourists passed by. Nevertheless, we got to be involved in a very long photoshoot in front of the hotel, by their guests (I assume).

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Of course, as soon as we reached the harbour we jumped down the stairs and recreated the scene.

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Cushendun Caves

Probably one of the most unexpected scenes from Game of Thrones for me was the birth of the Shadow baby who ended up killing Renly, in the second season. Ser Davos Seaworth sails with Melisandre towards the cave, where, under dim lights, she gives birth to the Shadow under his terrified look. It is one of those scenes which you can’t really forget.

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After driving through the beautiful Northern Irish countryside, surrounded by green hills overlooking the sea, we passed by Mirriam, the local goat, and stopped at Cushendun Caves, the filming location of the above scene. From the parking lot we walked down the narrow path, through the natural formed boulders guarding the entrance to the cave. Now, there are two caves and many people don’t really know which one is the real filming location. Brian, our guide, told us that he analysed the topography of both caves and the filming location is actually the smaller one, on the left side. After stepping on stones and trying to avoid falling into the watery mud underneath, we reached the end of the cave which surprisingly, opened into a beautiful rocky bay. Brian enthusiastically explained to us how the crew managed to film the scene using such a small and uneven space.

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Back to Cushendun (meaning the Foot of the Dun river), we didn’t miss the occasion to visit the second door on our way, at Mary McBride’s, also home of one of the smallest bars in Ireland. This door represents the eight episode of season 6 and depicts the events happening in Braavos. On the middle of the door you can find two of the most known greetings from the city, “Valar Morghulis” (all men must die) and “Valar Dohaeris” (all men must serve). On top of the door you can see carved the entrance to Braavos, the giant statue guarding the harbour.

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Ballintoy Harbour

Pyke, in the Iron Islands, is the home of Theon Greyjoy. Growing up with the Stark family, he is sent by Robb Stark to ask for help in his rebellion against House Lannister. Upon arrival at Pyke, Theon is looking for a ride to his father’s castle. A woman, who he later finds out that’s his sister, Yara Greyjoy, offers to take him to the castle.

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I easily recognized Ballintoy Harbour as the location where this scene was filmed. The harbour didn’t need a lot of “make-up” to recreate a medieval atmosphere, with the 17th century buildings on the shore and the stone brick walls enclosing the bay.

On the beach next to Ballintoy Harbour we stepped into our characters and while holding tight to our swords and shields, we have recreated what I would call one of a kind battle, pretending we are in the land of Westeros. The dramatic scenery behind us and the sky filled with low clouds helped creating the atmosphere of the series. Brian thought us how to create movement action shots that don’t look staged, which was pretty cool! I would say that this was definitely the highlight of the day!

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Larrybane and the Rope Bridge

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a famous landmark in Northern Island and an inspiration for the rope bridges at the House of Greyjoy castle in Pyke. It takes about 20 minutes to hike to the bridge but the views are stunning on each direction. You are walking on the cliffs, hearing the waves smashing powerfully into the rocks below and watching the stone walls going high up on the other side. The bridge stands 30 meters high above the angry sea and when we visited, the powerful wind of 24 miles per hour made it move quite a lot. The walkaway is only 18 inches wide. I told myself that I can do it, I can cross the bridge but as soon as I took a few steps in, a powerful gust of wind moved it and my knees went soft. I looked down… and that was it, I had to go back. I was however relieved to find out that I wasn’t the only one who came back, that there are many people who are defeated by fear, so I didn’t feel as embarrassed.

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The Dark Hedges

Our last stop of the day was at the Dark Hedges, an avenue of beech trees planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century, used as the King’s Road in season 2 of Game of Thrones when Arya is escaping King’s Landing disguised as a boy. This iconic place is one of the most photographed natural sights in Northern Ireland because of the natural tunnel the branches of the trees create. Arriving quite late, we were lucky to have skipped the bus tours and find only a handful of people walking on the road. I can imagine that with many people and buses around, the experience of the Dark Hedges can be spoiled and I would recommend you to either visit early morning or late in the afternoon. It was so beautiful walking underneath the trees undisturbed, enjoying the nature’s beauty without other souls around.

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Before arriving to the Dark Hedges we stopped at the nearby Gracehill House, where the 7th Game of Thrones door is, depicting a three eyed raven and the Stark family crest. The lovely people from Gracehill House waited for us with a delicious buffet of BBQ ribs and chicken wings.

 

Giant’s Causeway

Probably the most famous touristic site of Northern Ireland and on the Causeway Coast, the Giant’s Causeway was not featured in the Game of Thrones but we couldn’t pass by and not visit. However, the series is not over yet and we ca never know, maybe it will be featured as a location in season 7 or 8. The legend says that the causeway was built by Finn McCool, a giant who wanted to fight the Scottish giant Benandonner. He built the causeway and walked to Scotland, only to find that Benandonner was much bigger than him. He returned home scared, thinking that Benandonner will follow him, which is exactly what happened. But Finn’s wife, Sadhbh had an idea and disguised her husband as a baby. When Benandonner came and saw Finn disguised as a baby got scared as well, thinking that if babies are so big, Finn McCool must be huge. As he ran back to Scotland he tore up the bridge behind him, so that Fin can’t follow him.

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The real story however of how the Giant’s Causeway formed is due to the volcanic activity of over 60 million years ago.

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From the first glimpses, The Giant’s Causeway looks magnificent and Fin McCool’s story seems that it can be real. The over 40,000 pillars look like they have been put by someone one next to another, in a majestic architectural project. Jumping from one stone to another we reached the tallest columns, of over 12 meters high.

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Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is one of those places that you look at and you don’t really believe it is real. It is the location for the House of Greyjoy, dramatically built on the edge of the cliff, with towers connected to each other through rope bridges. Even if there is a lot of CGI in the series, the real Dunluce Castle is connected to the mainland through a bridge and it is built on the side of a cliff. Unfortunately, due to the erosion of the rocks underneath it, needs to be consolidated each year.

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A legend says that during the 16th century, the kitchen with its entire staff collapsed in the sea, killing everyone expect a little boy. After this happened, the wife of the owner refused to live in the castle anymore.

 

 

Downhill Beach and Mussenden Temple

“The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors”, Melisandre says, while conducting the ceremony of burning the Seven Idols of Westeros at Dragonstone, an island in Blackwater Bay. Due to the very cold and rainy weather we didn’t spend a lot of time on the open beach but we did enjoy the beautiful and serene scenery overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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Downhill Beach stretches on 7 miles, from the rocks beneath Mussenden Temple all the way to the most western point of the Causeway Coast. Now this is where your imagination comes in, because Mussenden Temple is completely rebuilt as Dragonstone Castle in post-production, using the CGI.

 

We ended out tour in Derry, after two days of exploring the beauty of Northern Ireland. No wonder that Game of Thrones chose it as their main filming locations. Sure, they have filmed in Malta, Croatia, Iceland and Spain as well, but did you know that over 80% of the movie is filmed in Northern Ireland? All the special effects scenes are created in the Titanic studios from Belfast. You can book this fantastic Game of Thrones tour from either Belfast (£40) or Dublin (60 euros).

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You can read more about this amazing trip from the blogs of the wonderful bloggers who joined as well:

Exploring Westeros: A guide to amazing Game of Thrones locations in Northern Ireland by Pip and the City

Finding Game of Thrones Locations in Northern Ireland by Elle Croft

A trip to Westeros by Scouse Bird Problems

The Ultimate Westeros Travel Guide (in Northern Ireland) by The Travel Hack

Exploring Game Of Thrones Territory. A Teaser Not A Spoiler by Munchies and Munchkins

Also look at the beautiful photos Kim took, on her Instagram

 

Thank you so much to Tourism Ireland for this amazing trip into the land of Westeros.

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91 Comments

  1. I am not too much in Game of Thrones, so i’m not able to appreciate and relate to the post completely. But i admire the way it has been marketed in Northern Ireland. I really wish if such marketing and promotion techniques are applied to a lot of tourist sites, you would get a good mix of tourists from all over the world and blogging about it just like you did.

  2. That looks amazing! On a similar note, my boyfriend and I are away to Croatia and are going on a Game of Thrones tour! I hope it’s as exciting as yours!

  3. oh my gosh!!! you are sooooo lucky. This trip is every GoT fan’s dream! Also very timely since GoT’s new season is just around the corner. Lucky you have took a photo with the wolves and wow, the scenery just looks like it is straight out of the GoT universe. I will do this tour too one day! 😀

  4. Wow! Such a wonderful tour. Just in time for the airing of the much anticipated Game of thrones. Love the way the tour started. Also enjoyed reading the places you’ve been to. I bet those smile and grin didn’t leave your face from start to finish of the whole tour. I find myself smiling as I go through your experience here as well.

  5. Wow I’m super excited to see these pictures. Ireland is gorgeous. God knows how much I wish to travel to these places. The photos are very beautiful. Yes this post is right on time for GoT fans 😛

  6. I am a die hard GOT fan and have been since Season 2 was aired. I can’t believe you got to meet the direwolves and try your hand at archery. The first and only time I tried archery was as a young child on a year six school trip. I wasn’t very good LOL but its all part of the fun right? It looks like you had a grand time, surely that is the best press trip!

  7. As a brand new GOT fan this is so cool! I would have cried tears of joy getting to meet the pups/wolves. What an amazing experience, if I find myself back here I will definitely be doing this!

  8. Seems like off late a lot of people are tracing the game of throne locations in Ireland. Although I have not watched the series, but I am totally liking these locations and I would love to visit them. Add to that the dresses and the wolves..you have got an adventure for sure 🙂

  9. Wow! I’m sure you enjoyed your tour. You captured beautiful pictures. My GOT fanatic friends will surely love to read this post. I’ll recommend this to them.

  10. The tour sounds absolutely incredible. I’d love to visit one day – Ireland is so beautiful! This is a must visit on the travel bucket list of any GoT fan.

  11. Amazing! I love how timely I found your article online. It’s just a day away after the released of S7. I didn’t know too that we can go to the actual shooting place of Winterfell. I love all your pictures. It makes me look forward to the next episode.

  12. I can’t tell you how jealous I am! I’ve had this tour on my list for so long but I keep putting it off. I live in the south of Ireland so it wouldn’t even be that far for me to travel! These pictures have cemented my decision, I’m going!

  13. This really looks so fun. Though I am not a GoT fan, my family would be so happy to experience this. Just a few days ago, my facebook timeline was full of Game of Thrones posts.

    Also, you have very beautiful pictures. You just made every other GoT fan (like my cousin beside me reading your post) so envious about your trip.

  14. I did one of the game of thrones tours and met the same dire wolves a few month’s ago and it was such a good tour. There’s one other one which also takes in giant’s causeway and I’m keen to go back and do that one too x

  15. OH MY FREAKIN’ GOSHHH I’M SO ENVIOUS OF YOU RIGHT NOW! I am a HUGE fan of Game of Thrones and this is one of my greatest dreams as a fan girl!!! I wish I could go there someday~ Thank you so much for sharing! <3

  16. Beautiful pictures and thanks for taking us through the exotic locales of GOT spots. I have read the book and I can so relate to the choice of locations. Also the wolf-dogs are so adorable. Loved the costume and poses you managed :), you could be a cast !

  17. I feel like I’ll be chasing the world going to the Game of Thrones places of filming. I’ve lived in Spain for a bit and they filmed there, this place looks beautiful. I would love to visit.

  18. This is absolutely amazing! I am a Game of Thrones fan and I am dying to do this someday! you are so lucky 🙂 Thank you for sharing your advice and tips, really helpful! Safe travels. – Mariella

  19. such an amazing adventure it sure was for you from the things i see over here, i will be glad i take this turn too and do more things over there is i get the opportunity to. follow GOT has been a blessing and now you experiencing it a super double fun.

  20. This post had so much amazing content and was so interesting. Not your average tour, that’s for sure. The involvement and interaction is second to none where you can dress in costumes, meet the wolves, enjoy the food and take action shots in actual locations. So good!

  21. Wow I love that we have the same posts (check out my latest blog haha). Well it is really GOT fever on the loose right now. Sad that I missed visiting Castle Ward. I looks fantastic. The rest of the locations are breathtaking. I want to go back to be honest, especially now that more and more locations are being added since my last visit.

  22. I am not yet a fan of the series, but I absolutely loved all the information and photos you’ve shown here. Maybe one day I will be convincing myself to watch the series xD

  23. You have just made me remembered a lot of beautiful scene in GOT as I read your blog post. Anyway, this is truly one of a kind adventure. I’ve been dreaming to traipse my feet on these places ever since the GOT started. For now, I enjoy reading your post and actually your post is so timely as GOT season 7 have just started last Monday. You’re so blessed to be able to visit Northern Ireland. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  24. Even though I have never watched a single episode of GOT I never found this post boring at all it was so comprehensible.The food you mentioned about in the beginning sounds amazing .Glad you got to meet the stark twins,atleast you met some celebrity

  25. Crazy how a tv show can change a place so much! I visited some of these places many times in the past. And I’m amazed now at seeing them all over Instagram and in blogs. So nice to see this part of the world get so much recognition for its beauty! Glad you enjoyed it Joanna 😀

  26. These places look epic! The only GOT location I’ve visited is Dubrovnik in Croatia but due the massive crowds in there I think I’d choose to go to Northern Ireland to visit these places any time 😀

  27. So this is why I have been seeing a lot of articles on places where GOT filmed, it’s because there has been a press trip! I thought that the press trip that I had in Japan was already amazing, but I gotta say, yours topples all of the press trips that I’ve ever heard of or ever participated in. As a GOT fan, I don’t think I would be able to keep calm if I was there with you guys. Just reading through your post gave me so much excitement, like I was right there with you! Sorry, true blue GOT fan here hahaha…

  28. Wow, that’s like paradise for GoT nerds! And I wasn’t even aware of this location (Have seen too many about the one in Croatia). Northern Ireland is in general not seen or heard of much. So, it was a delight to see these.

  29. This is amazing! I was litrally just telling a friend that I wanted to do a GOT tour in Ireland yesterday! I love that the guides were dressed up and I can;t beleivive you got to meet the dogs. I ahve serious GOT envy right now!

  30. Wow! I just love games of thrones. And you are so lucky to have this wonderful tour. You have explained everything of it so perfectly. I just love to hear your experience.

  31. I’m not even a crazy GoT fan (I’ve read the first 2 books but haven’t seen any of the TV series) but would love to go on this tour! I love how they dressed up and even had the huskies there to make it seem as realistic as possible. Even not knowing much of the plot, I think I’d enjoy it just to see all the beautiful scenery.

  32. I can’t wait to get on the GOT bandwagon. I get a lot of recommendations from my Dad and he has been urging me to watch it for ages, I don’t know if I should start with the books first or delve into the show. What a beautiful tour and location, I think even someone who hasn’t seen the show would appreciate it. x

  33. OMG the direwolves! After visiting Dubrovnik few weeks ago, I decided I want to go to Ireland to see the rest of the filming locations too! So magical <3

  34. Is now a bad time to mention that I haven’t seen Game of Thrones? Well… I saw the first season I think. But that was so long ago and I can hardly remember it. Although I do love Ireland a fair amount, so this wouldn’t completely be lost on me!

  35. Oh wow I had no idea this even existed! Great pictures! I need to tell my brother about this because he loves game of thrones and I wouldn’t mind trying archery for myself, so fun!

  36. Wow, this has got to be the best press trip ever! I can’t believe you were able to meet the dogs in the show, I’m honestly so so jealous. I love how they have narrative plaques at all of the filming locations, I’m sure GoT gave this area a boost in tourism!

  37. I actually have never watch Game of Thrones but I do really want to go to Northern Ireland. I have been to Dublin, Cork, and Kerry so would love to explore the northern part of the island. The spots are instagram worthly even for not GoT fans like me.

  38. I was so thrilled and excited as I read the title of this post. This is the second blog for the day that I read about GOT locations and I think its calling me haha. Your pictures are stunning and it makes want to visit the Northern Ireland even more and feel as if I’m part of Westeros. Haha!

  39. It is always interesting to see the scenes of locations of epic movies and serials. I can relate to the excitement here. Great that you could meet two of the direwolves… what a surprise! 🙂
    Love the captures, particularly the door.

  40. I saw a few peoples photos from this trip and it looked amazing. I have never seen GOT myself, but my husband is obsessed with it, so he would love this trip.

  41. I love your photos and the views are breathtaking. I have only watched the first season of Game of Thrones, then somehow got a bit bored (I know I will probably get slapped for saying this :D) but now, after reading your article, I really want to start watching it again. You really look like you had loads of fun 🙂

  42. I almost feel like I’m putting my life on the line here but as I don’t watch GOT most of this went completely over my head! However your photos are amazing and are making me miss NI so much, and those doors are outstanding. Now I’ll just be window shopping trips to NI that I can’t afford…

  43. I admired how the production and staff put such effort in looking for great locations to shoot the movie. Those trees in Dark hedges are amazing. Not a fan of Game of Thrones but I am a fan of beautiful and century old architectures and structures.

  44. Hi Joanna, I am very glad and happy for you. This is so amazing. loved your pics as well. Lovely read indeed! I want to visit “Game of Thornes too now”!

  45. I have never watched Game of Thrones but even I want to tour around these places! Hopefully we’ll start watching it soon!

  46. The photography is simply great…transports you to a really otherworldly dimension. Liked the carved oak pub doors idea, ghost room and the Dark Hedges. Overall, seems to be a very enjoyable yet calming experience!

  47. Wow, this looked like such an amazing experience! I’m a huge GoT fan and would love to take a trip over to see some of these places. What an amazing trip!!

  48. I’ve never watched the show, but my ex-bf read all the books and watched the tv series as well. And then, I am like “WOW this is cool!” How fun!! How amazing that you got to go to Ireland too!

  49. I know about Game of Thrones, and that a lot of people rave about it, however, I have only watched a few episodes. Not that I don’t like it, its because I just don’t have enough time to sit and watch. (Bummer). Anyway, I think your trip to Ireland for the Game of Thrones Adventure is fantastic! I would love to experience that someday too. Thanks for sharing the photos. The views and the scenery are all breathtaking!

  50. As a GOT fan, it would be an experience of a lifetime! Glad to see how Ireland tourism is marketing the country! Your pictures speak for itself how much fun you had visiting there!

  51. Wow! It was so inspiring to read this post, and the photos from Ireland are breathtakingly beautiful! I must visit these places as soon as I can!

  52. Looks like you had an amazing weekend adventure! I can’t really relate to the GOT fever because I still haven’t seen it (please don’t judge me). I was pregnant when the hype started and was advised to not watch stressful shows but I am trying to watch it now.

  53. Wait…. you got to pet direwolves, shoot arrows and run around with a sword?
    All in such scenic places? GAH! where’s that jealousy emoticon???

    Part of me rebels at taking natural history and making it touristy, but this seems to have been done so lovingly and respectfully, that the overall experience must have been a kick for GoT fans as well as general tourists!

    One question, tho: do you really think they were chicken wings? 😉

  54. This is so amazing!!! I think I will have to add this to the number 1 spot in my bucket list. I’m such a big GOT fan. This would be amazing. Love your photography.

  55. Oh. My. Goodness!!!!!! This would be the best weekend trip ever!!!! I’m a really big fan of GoT. A visit to Winterfell sounds like a dream! Love that they took it all so seriously. The food sounds amazing 😍😍

  56. I have to confess I’ve never seen game of thrones BUT these images look incredible! I’m so jealous. It looks so much fun and I’m officially suffering FOMO!

  57. Oh my goodness! I so want to visit Ireland, not just for the GoT tours. This post and the pictures make me plan one super soon; I’m planning a visit to the UK in December-January, do you think that would be a good time to plan for Ireland?

  58. Hey Jo! Wow this is so cool!! I had so much fun when I went to Ireland myself, discovering all of the different locations HBO have used in the series to date. I never met those Northern Inuit Dogs though. They are ADORABLE! Keep up the amazing adventures.

  59. This is really a glimpse of heaven to a GOT fan. My boyfriend by the way is one and I know he would love this place. I may not be a fan but I do love to travel and the the place is really awesome! So I consider this our next vacation destination. Thanks very much for all these info.

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