Although not in GOT, we’ll make a quick photo stop at incredible Carrickfergus Castle. One of the best examples of a preserved medieval structures in Ireland, built by John de Courcy in 1177, the castle has been an imposing monument on the Irish landscape for more than 800 years. Overlooking Belfast Lough and besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928.

MAGHERMORE QUARRY

An essential stop for all Game of Thrones fans! Castle Black, Hardhome and The Wall were filmed at this abandoned quarry, and battlements were built here to serve as King’s Landing’s defence during the Battle of Blackwater Bay. The composite set (with both exteriors and interiors) consisted of a large section of Castle Black including the courtyard, the ravenry, the mess hall and the barracks, and used the stone wall of the quarry as the basis for the ice wall that protects Westeros. A functional elevator was built to lift the rangers to the top of The Wall. A castle with real rooms and a working elevator were built near cliff 400 feet (120 m) high, CGI fills in the rest to make the wall appear 700 feet (210 m) high. The area around the elevator was painted white to make it look like ice.

CAIRNCASTLE & ANTRIM COASTAL ROAD

This tiny village at the very bottom of the Glens of Antrim is the location where Ned Stark gives us an early glimpse of his firm principals by beheading a deserter at Knock Dhu, On the windswept basalt escarpment above the small village.

CARNLOUGH 

In series 6 the well worn limestone steps at Carnlough Harbour provided the ideal location for Arya to emerge from the bloodstained waters of Bravos and climb to safety some 30 seconds later. Making Ireland's cold harsh northern weather look even remotely like Bravos would have challenged any shows best editing techniques 

 

CUSHENDUN CAVES

Cushendun caves having survived millions of years of Irish myth, murder and mystery were ideal locations for  Melisandre's to spawn the shadow Assassins.  This part of the County Antrim coastline was used extensively and is easily recognised in the background when a ship sets sail from Westeros. An added bonus is that "Mary McBrides" pub in Cushendun hosts one of the ten doors made from the fallen trees of the Dark Hedges. 

 

FULLERTON ARMS BALLINTOY

The Fullerton Arms pub not only serves very good food it has also served many of the shows stars who stayed there during filming Lunch is available in this now world famous bar in the village of Ballintoy, it is located in the heart of Game of thrones territory and well worth the stop as we explore the magical world of Westeros as the restaurant is home to the fantastic Door of throne no 6 of 10 carved from the tress of the dark hedges that was the location of the king’s road in the series. The dining room is set in the world of game of thrones, complete with the banners and its own replica iron throne and. will without a doubt one of the best photo opportunities of the tour.

LARRYBANE QUARRY

Larrybane Limestone Quarry features extensively in series 2, and series 6. First as the Stormlands and then as part of the Iron Islands.

It is here, in Renlys war camp, that Brienne of Tarth proves herself in single combat against Ser Loras of the Flowers. 

When Euron realises that his niece and nephew have stolen his ships, 

BALLINTOY HARBOUR

Ballintoy Harbour is used to portray the harbour on Pyke Island which is where Theon Greyjoy returns to start negotiations with his father Balon. Its here that later he is given his ship "Sea Bitch"   

This harbour can only be accessed by small vehicles which means it isn't visited by most of the tours using large coaches.

Rathlin island provides the perfect backdrop for his escaping fleet!...Rathlin and Sheep island appear many times as does Carrickarede.

 

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

50 to 60 million years ago a volcanic eruption under the sea caused rapid cooling of the Basalt lava, leaving 40,000 interlocking basalt columns up to 12 metres high. These stepping stones run from the foot of the cliffs into the sea. This unique attraction is theonly UNESCO world heritage site in Northern Ireland. Known as the “8th Wonder of the World”, you cannot afford to not visit the Giant’s Causeway while in Ireland. Let your guide share the Irish myth on who built the Giant’s Causeway, the legend of the Irish Giant Finn McCool.

 

DUNLUCE CASTLE PHOTO STOP

Dunluce castle was built by the McQuillan family in the early 16th Century but was captured later by the McDonnells and then the English army.  Balon Greyjoys castle on Pyke doninates the same promontory.op is the House of Greyjoy!  This imposing castle, built by the McQuillan family around 1500, is located on the top of sheer-sided cliffs 100 feet above the ocean – the perfect location for one of the Great Houses of Westeros. The rugged cliff face on which Pyke Castle is located is reflected in the location of Dunluce Castle. Built on the site of an ancient Irish fort, this castle includes a souterrain and Mermaids Cave below and offers stunning views along the Donegal coast to the east and on a bright day. The Scottish Island Islay is visible in the distance. The Castle’s dramatic history of violence, intrigue and rebellion is matched by the scandal and betrayal committed by the Greyjoys in GOT. 

 

 

DARK HEDGES

The Stuart family planted this beautiful avenue of beech trees in the 18th century. More than two centuries later they starred as the King’s Road in Game of Thrones, appearing in season two when Arya Stark escaped from King’s Landing.

The Dark Hedges didn't expect to be famous when planted in 1775 by the Stuart family.  They couldn't have imagined the world wide interest their now famous beech trees would achieve. The Kings Road now has an appeal that surpassess Castle Black and now stretches from China to America and their equally impressive Walls


Return to Dublin at 8:30pm.