There is nothing worse than getting really into a TV series and going to watch the next episode, only to find you need to wait over a year to see it. A Black Tomato favourite, Game of Thrones, is no doubt one of the worst offenders. But luckily, we’ve found a way for you to get your fix in between those agonising periods of making do with re-runs. This 8-night roadtrip around Ireland has been expertly curated to take you to some of the cult show’s most iconic locations. You’ll see it all, from where it all began in the grounds of Winterfell to County Donegal where you’ll suss out up-and-coming locations. Oh, and naturally, you’ll be staying in some of the country’s most fabulous hotels while you do it.Read more
All Hail the King in the North
Your adventure gets underway in Dublin, where you’ll get your bearings on a walking tour with one of our expert guides and see the city through the eyes of a local. Soak in the beauty and heritage of this fascinating city, being sure to stop by the Guinness Storehouse for a few pints with the locals. From Dublin, you’ll jump in the car and drive up to Belfast, where you’ll find yourself in the heart of the North of the Seven Kingdoms. Embark on a cycling adventure through Strangford Lough – better known as Winterfell. Visit the Stark ancestral home and try your hand at archery, are you as skilled as Arya or, like Bran, do you prefer to let an intellectual side shine through? Be sure to have a good look around the woods too, who knows – you may find a stray direwolf puppy or two…
The Iron Icons
From Belfast, you’ll wind your way further north through County Antrim, home to many of the series’ mystical locations. Drive along the coastal road and take in jagged cliffs and swirling Irish sea winds that would make even Ser Davos and the most accomplished sailors wary. In fact, at Murlough Bay and Fair Head, you’ll see where the good sea captain was shipwrecked after the Battle of the Blackwater. Other sights include: Ballintoy Harbour, where you’ll horseride and sail along the stunning coastline that portrayed the Iron Islands – just like Theon and Yara Greyjoy would have grown up doing, Ballycastle where a young Varys was born a slave in the Free Cities, and the caves at Cushendun where Melisandre gave birth to the shadow baby that ultimately slaughtered Renly Baratheon.
Before you leave the Causeway Coast, there’s time to stop off at two more landmarks. The first, is one of the most iconic roads in Ireland and Game of Thrones. Dark Hedges Road. With its natural archway of intertwined trees, you may recognise this as the Kings Road, along which a disguised Arya travelled in an attempt to flee King’s Landing. Next, who can forget Giant’s Causeway? Surrounded by as much myth and folklore as fact, no trip to Ireland would be complete without seeing it. So, look out over the jagged cliffs, showered with sea spray, before testing your nerve over the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Suspended 23 metres above a deep chasm, swaying in the stiff Irish wind and with nothing but jagged rocks at the icy North Atlantic beneath you, it’s not one for the faint-hearted.
Location Scout Wanted
Your final stop on this tour of the Seven Kingdoms is County Donegal. So far, the county has only been used as the Sea of Dorne but location scouts have been rumoured to be sussing out the area to star as upcoming locations. Perhaps the atmospheric ruins of Dunluce Castle, accessed only by an unnervingly narrow bridge, will make the cut? Or the folk village of Glencolmcille, the towering cliffs of Slieve League, or even the wave-pounded beaches of Rossnowlagh Beach? County Donegal is your chance to try your hand at location scouting, who knows – you could unearth the next big battleground.