4-Day Game of Thrones Road Trip

Home to more Seven Kingdom locations than anywhere else in the world, Northern Ireland has been dubbed "Game of Thrones Territory."With this itinerary, you will be able to emerge yourself in real-world Westeros and experience some of the actual features from the series. 

Before getting started, I recommend downloading the Game of Thrones Filming Locations App designed by the Northen Ireland tourist board. It has a map of all of the filming sites and will show you exactly what episode was filmed there. Pretty neat and handy! They also have some additional locations I don't mention here.
        


DAY ONE

For the first day we are traveling through haunted forests, ill-fated camps and Winterfell.



🅐 Tollymore Forest is home to redwoods, century old stone structures and white walkers! In the series it is referred to as the Haunted Forest and is most noticeable for the scene where the Starks find the direwolves and also where we first encounter the white walkers. 
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🚗 30 minutes 
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🅑 Inch Abbey , a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1180, is where the War of the Five Kings began. After Ned Stark's death, the houses of the North took up the cry "King of the North!" and propelled  Robb Stark to war.  

Dont Miss:
From this location, on a clear day, you can see Downpatrick Cathedral, where St. Patrick is buried. You can make a detour to St. Patrick Centre to learn more about the man himself! Not a series location, but still really neat. 
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🚗 15 minutes
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🅒 Castle Ward or better known as Winterfell, the ancestral house of House Stark, is probably one of the most well known locations of the series. Here you can  practice archery in the same spot as Jon Snow, sport Westeros attire and feast on traditional medieval meals. 

If you have time...
Head to Cuan Guesthouse and have a bite to eat and marvel at the Game of Thrones Door, which displays scenes from season six. These doors are dotted along Northern Ireland and have all been carved from 200 year old wood from the Dark Hedges. 

DAY TWO

From the North to the Stormlands, experience where Tyrion and Jorah came face-to-face with the slavers of Essos and the land of the Dothraki. 


🅓 In season five, Jorah Mormont kidnaps Tyrion Lannister at Toome Canal. This is also where the duo encountered and were attacked by the Stone Men. 

The 1.2 mile walk from the parking area, takes you along the canal. To your right are the remains of the old railway bridge over the Bann. As you continue towards the loughshore, you pass, again to your right, some of the Lower Bann sluice gates. The path soon reaches the shores of Lough Neagh. To finish this short walk, simply retrace your steps along the canal bank to the parking area or follow the loop to the right, back to the car park.
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🚗 45 minutes
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🅔 The Neck of the North is appropriately represented by Antrim Plateau. This dramatic landscape is where Littlefinger informed Sansa Stark that she was to be married to Ramsey Bolton. 

If you have time...
Visit Sallagh Braes, this is where the series begins and where Ned Stark beheads the deserter of the Night's Watch. 

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🚗 23 minutes
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🅕 Just beneath Slemish Mountain, lies Shillanavogy valley. You might recognize it better as the Dothraki Sea. The rowdy inhabitants of the Dothraki rode across here towards Vaes Dothrak after Khal Drogo married his new bride, Daenerys Targaryen.

If you have time...
Visit the harbor town of Carnlough. This is the spot where Arya slipped into the waters to avoid the Waif in season six. 
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🚗 40 minutes
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 🅖 Carved over the centuries, the landscape of the Glens of Antrim are dotted with villages and natural beauty. The village of Galboly, near Glenariff Forest Park, is the filming location for Runestone in the series. This is where young Robyn Arryn, Lord of the Eyrie, is taken to be raised and where Sansa and Littlefinger watch his dueling attempts. 

If you have time...
Visit Shean's Horse Farm for an unforgettable ride through the Antrim hills or along the beaches. A perfect way to channel and experience the Westeros lifestyle. 


DAY THREE
We continue through the Stormlands where we discover Slaver's Bay, visit Pyke (home of the Greyjoys), and walk along the King's road. 

🅗 Along the Antrim coastline lies the 400 year old Cushendun Caves. The site of rather dark crimes throughout the series, these caves are where Melisandre summoned her demon beneath Renly's camp to murder Stannis' brother in the name of the Lord of Light. 

Food Stop....
If you want a quick bite to eat, check out the Corner House in Cushenden Village.
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🚗 25 minutes
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🅘 Slaver's Bay, also known as Murlough Bay, is a stretch of Northern Ireland's coastline where Tyrion Lannister and Jorah Mormont had a conflict with the slaves of Meereen. It offers killer scenery and if its clear, you might be able to spot the Scottish Isles!

Don't Miss...
Fair Head crag offers even more spectacular views and is the location for the Dragonstone cliffs. This is the location for Jon Snow's encounter with Daenyres and her dragons. 
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🚗 20 minutes
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🅙 The final stop for the day is a stroll down the King's Road. Arya Stark flees the Lannisters alongside the Night's Watch and the Dark Hedges provided the perfect backdrop! Walk among the 200 year old trees and transport yourself into the Seven Kingdoms. At the end of the Dark Hedges lies Gracehill House, be sure to check it out and grab dinner or a drink. 

If you have more time...
Spend a day with Giant Tours Ireland. Guide and driver, Flip, was a stand-in for Hodor and will share his stories and experience!


DAY FOUR

Dorne, dragons, temples, and the lair of the Lightning Lord- all things you'll find on the final day of your road trip!



🅚 Portstewart Strand boasts two miles of golden sands and clumps of grass. In the series, this also happens to be the shores of Dorne. Here Jaime and Bronn were captured by Dornish soldiers and where Ellaria and the Sand Snakes declared war on the Lannisters. 

Get a late start?...
Check out Harry's Shack for a seafood lunch while you sit oceanside.  
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🚗 10 minutes 
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🅛 A replica of the Temple of Vesta in Rome, Mussenden Temple overlooks the waves and surfers of Downhill Beach. If you remember from the series, this is also where Stannis Baratheon denounces the seven old gods of Westeros and proclaimed champion of the Lord of Light by Melisandre.
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🚗 28 minutes
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🅜 Along the very edge of Antrim Plateau is Binevenagh. This mountain is where Daenerys and Drogon find refuge after the fighting pits of Meereen. Take a short or longer walk and take in the panoramic views. On a clear day you can even see the coastline of Scotland!




Of course, this itinerary is just a suggestion. There are tons and tons of sights to see in Ireland and Northern Ireland alike! Feel free to adjust as necessary to make your trip one that is unforgettable. If you would like a more extensive route or would like for me to help you plan something else, please feel free to contact me! 


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