Game of Thrones 2-Day Private Tour from Belfast

Embark on a journey with us through Westeros as we explore some of the most memorable GOT film locations on the Game of Thrones 2-Day Private Tour from Belfast.

The Game of Thrones 2-Day Private Tour from Belfast takes fans on a Northern Ireland experience to enjoy some of the Seven Kingdoms’ most iconic scenery. Guests will witness eerily haunted forests, Fabled castles, and an experience that truly brings the television show to life.

Our tours depart in small groups to ensure guests have a much more personal experience, and you can expect to have a knowledgeable tour guide to answer any GOT questions you might have.

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Game of Thrones 2-Day Private Tour from Belfast itinerary

Day One

The Game of Thrones 2-Day Private Tour from Belfast begins with a visit to the world-famous Paint Hall Studio, which is the central hub where the productions for the show took place. Aside from being the location of the Iron Throne, the studio was also home to the shipyard featured in the Titanic. Kings Landing was rebuilt for the release of Season 8, and you can see this as one of the largest and most expensive film sets ever constructed.

For the next part of the tour, we’ll venture to the 11km long Downhill Beach to explore Mussenden Temple. The temple stands on top of a cliff, providing fantastic views which made the location perfect for representing the GOT Dragonstone exterior. This location is where Stannis draws the flaming sword, in addition to where we see the old gods burn on the beach.

We continue to witness the location of Ballintoy Bay which represented Lordsport in the Iron Islands. Theon Greyjoy returns to the Port of Pyke and faces problems with his crew.  We then visit the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge which sits 30m above sea level, and should you be daring enough you can cross the bridge to arrive on Rocky Island. Assuming you’re brave enough, looking down from Rocky Island, you’ll see the location from GOT Season 2 depicting Renly Baratheon’s camp.

Moving onto Murlough Bay located in a North-Eastern direction we visit the Season 3 location representing the Iron Islands, the same spot we see Yara and Theon Grayjoy riding on horseback. It’s also the same place we see following the Battle of Blackwater Bay when Ser Davos is shipwrecked.

Next up we visit the spot where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow baby in the caves of Cushendun, these caves have experienced extreme weather conditions over 400 million years which made it the ideal location for these scenes.

We’ll explore Northern Ireland’s tallest cliff called Fairhead which claimed fame after appearing in GOT season 7, namely during episode 3; The Queen’s Justice. The cliff face provided the backdrop for most of the episode, capturing the moment Jon first met Daenerys and when Jon is reunited with Tyrion.

Our next exploration takes us to the Dark Hedges, an avenue of beech trees planted in the 18th century. Here fans will recognise the location as representing Kingsroad, in Northern Kings Landing. It was this area that Arya is disguised as a boy, and flees the city with a group of prisoners who are set to join the Night’s Watch.

Witness the spot where Ned Stark beheads the Night’s Watch deserter at the beginning of series one, as we travel to Glenarm. Here you’ll have an opportunity to stop for afternoon tea (at an additional charge), and you might also like to see some of the jewelled artefacts from the series at the Steensons Workshop (own cost).

Our guides will accompany groups to Binevenagh mountain, capturing the moment Daenerys and her wounded Dragon land on a clifftop during season 5 episode 10, before Dothraki surrounds them

Day Two

We depart for day two by visiting Shane’s Castle ruins at pretty Lough Neagh, dating back to the 16th century. Shane’s Castle portrays the backdrop used for the royal jousting tournament in Ned Stark’s honour. The same spot also captured the dungeons of King’s Landing. Close by is the spot where captive Tyrion Lannister is transported by vessel via the Summer Sea by Ser Jorah. The same area also caught the moment Brienne of Tarth fought the bandits on her journey to escort Jamie Lannister to Kings Landing.

The tour will then head for the foot of the Mourne Mountains to see Tollymore Forest Park, featuring in the very first episode of season one. For viewers, this is the spot where Ned Stark found the young Direwolves. This same area was further used when a Night’s Watch member rides through the Haunted Forest to discover the remains of a Wilding. We then look to the Mourne Mountains which represents the entrance to the sole city of the Dothraki Sea Vaes Dothrak, visited by Kaleesi and Ser Jorah during series one.

Castle Ward is our next stop, and this location was used to depict the outdoor scenes of Winterfell and is the Starks’ ancestral home. Robb Stark’s battle camp and the Whispering Wood was also captured here.

Towards the latter part of the tour, we explore Inch Abbey, located on the Quoile River’s Northern bank. It was this location that Robb Stark was crowned King of the North as his loyal followers surrounded him.

The final stop of the tour takes us to a County Down to experience the village of Corbet. The remaining ruins of Corbet are known for their representation of Riverrun Castle’s exterior, capturing shots of the siege of the castle. Just North of the village is another village named Saintfield, and it was this County Down area that captured shots from the award-winning Battle of the Bastards.

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4. Cushendun Caves / The Stormlands

Game of Thrones - Cushendun Caves ~ A Cove in the Stormlands (02)
Game of Thrones - Cushendun Caves ~ A Cove in the Stormlands (02)

The Cushendun Caves helped to create some of the eerie settings near Storm’s End. These 400-million-year-old caves provided the perfect rocky, coastal landscape to represent the Baratheon homeland.

In the GOT TV series, the Cushendun Caves feature in one of the show’s most famous and mystical scenes. Here, Melisandre gives birth to the Shadow Assassin, much to the amazement of Davos Seaworth. This smokey spectre travels through the air to find Renly Baratheon, killing him in his tent. For viewers, this was the first time they saw how powerful Melisandre could really be. It also showed how far Stannis Baratheon would truly go to sit on the Iron Throne.

But the Cushendun Caves are more than just the backdrop for Storm’s End. They are a thing of natural beauty and undeniable proof of the picturesque qualities of the Northern Irish coastline. When visiting the cave featured in the show, make sure to take the time to soak up the verdant green landscape, and breath in some fresh Irish Sea air.

7. Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (28098)
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (28098)

The Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge is a unique feature along the Northern Irish coast. With the original bridge dating back over 350 years, it is a proud piece of local history.

Coming to a length of 20m, and hanging 30m above sea level, it connects the mainland with Carrickarede island. The name of this island roughly translates as “The Rock of the Casting”, as it was a casting-off point for salmon fishermen. Now it is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Walking along the bridge, you are treated to breathtaking views of the Northern Irish coastline. You will also be able to spot the nearby Sheep Island and the inhabited Rathlin Island. On a clear day, you might even be able to make out the outline of Scotland, on the other side of the Irish Sea. That is, of course, if you have the guts to make the crossing.

8. Larrybane Quarry / Renly Baratheon’s Camp

Game of Thrones - Larrybane ~ The Stormlands & Nagga’s Hill, Old Wyk
Game of Thrones - Larrybane ~ The Stormlands & Nagga’s Hill, Old Wyk

Larrybane Quarry served as the setting for an important Game of Thrones scene when it was used as Renly Baratheon’s Camp in the TV series.

The old chalk quarry was transformed into a tourney site for an episode in Season 2. It’s rocky landscape and coastal features made it a great location to recreate part of The Stormlands, where Renly set up his camp.

Here, Renly and his new queen, Margaery Tyrell, watch from the sidelines as Loras Tyrell battles an unknown opponent. After defeating Loras, the challenger lifts off their helmet, introducing us to Brienne of Tarth for the first time. As a reward for winning, Brienne asks to join Renly’s Kingsguard. It is also here that Renly meets with Catelyn Stark, who warns him to take the upcoming war more seriously.

Without the sets and props from the show, Larrybane Quarry holds little resemblance to Renly Baratheon’s Camp. But it’s towering rock faces and sea views still make it a site worth visiting.

Close by is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, another popular tourist destination in the area.

9. Ballintoy Harbour / Lordsport

Ballintoy Harbour / Lordsport
Ballintoy Harbour / Lordsport

Ballintoy Harbour, on Ireland’s north coast, is the Game of Thrones filming location for Lordsport, the main port of Pyke. One of the Iron Islands, Pyke is the home of Theon and Yara Greyjoy.

In A Song of Ice and Fire, Pyke is described as an island rich with mines containing iron, lead and tin. Due to its rocky landscape, Ballintoy Harbour was considered to be the perfect location to recreate the island.

We see this location for the first time in Season 2 of GOT. It is to here that Theon returns home after his time as a ward in Winterfell. It is here that we are first introduced to Yara, who Theon does not recognise and mistakes for a commoner, who he then attempts to seduce.

Aside from playing an important part in the world of the Seven Kingdoms, Ballintoy Harbour boasts an inherent attractiveness. Its panoramic coastal views, bustling wildlife, and quaint atmosphere make it a wonderful place for a relaxing visit.

History also abounds in this area. Centuries’ old structures, such as Ballintoy Church and Dunseverick Castle, are just waiting to be explored. Ballintoy’s maritime culture and heritage also runs deep, and is still very much alive and celebrated among the locals.

10. Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway
Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Northern Ireland’s most popular historical landmarks. It draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Situated on the County Antrim coast, Giant’s Causeway is the product of two natural forces coming together. It formed when molten lava cooled down as it met with the cold sea water, around 50 to 60 million years ago. The result was a sprawling bed of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, that covers just under 5km of coastline.

Some legends also talk about how Giant’s Causeway came to be. The most popular features the Irish mythical character Fionn mac Cumhaill, who was feuding with a Scottish giant, Benandonner. Fionn built the causeway between the two islands so that they could fight it out.

However, when he saw how big Benandoner really was, he retreated back to his wife for help. She quickly wrapped Fionn in a blanket and laid him across her lap. When the Scottish giant arrived she told him that this was, in fact, the infant son of Fion mac Cumhaill. Seeing how big the toddler was, Benandonner figured that the father must be enormous. So, he ran away, destroying the causeway as he went.

11. Dunluce Castle / Pyke Castle of House Greyjoy

Dunluce Castle / House Greyjoy
Dunluce Castle / House Greyjoy

Exterior shots of Dunluce Castle were used in Game of Thrones for Pyke Castle of House Greyjoy on Pyke Island. But that’s not the only exciting thing about this 16th-century structure. It has many other claims to fame and tales from within its walls.

Featuring on the HBO TV series wasn’t the first time that Dunluce Castle was shown to the world. In the early 70s, it also featured on the inner sleeve of the Led Zeppelin album Houses of the Holy. It was also the one-time home of the famous Scottish warrior chieftain Sorely Boy MacDonnell. It was during Sorely’s reign that the Girona, a vessel from the Spanish Armada, was caught in a storm and wrecked on nearby rocks. The canons were taken from the ship and installed as the castle’s security system.

A local legend also claims that at one time, due to cliff beneath the castle eroding, the castle’s kitchen suddenly plummeted into the sea. The only member of staff left alive was the kitchen boy. He was sitting on a stool in the inside corner of the room when it fell.

12. Mussenden Temple / Dragonstone

Mussenden Temple
There cannot be a more wild and dramatic place in Northern Ireland than the landscape park of Downhill. The romantic vision of Frederick Hervey, Earl of Bristol and Bishop of Derry, he created an elegant mansion at Downhill, which now lies in ruins. On the nearby clifftop the Earl Bishop built the circular Mussenden Temple as his library, modelled on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli.

Where Melisandre burns the seven gods effigies – the “Lord of Light”.

13. Binevenagh Mountain / The Dothraki Grasslands

Binevenagh Mountain provides the setting for the Dothraki Grasslands in Game of Thrones. First appearing in Season 5, this is just one of the many spectacular landscapes of Northern Ireland that appear on the TV series.

Fleeing from the Sons of the Harpy, Daenerys Targaryen flies to this mountaintop on the back of her faithful dragon Drogo. Unfortunately, she ends up leaping from the frying pan into the fire. Having just escaped the troubles in Mereen, she meets Khal Moro’s khalasar and is captured.

Molten lava accumulated to form Binevanagh Mountain around 60 million years ago. As a result, it now looms over the county of Derry/Londonderry, and forms part of the Antrim Plateau. The plateau extends nearly 10 kilometres across the Magilligan peninsula. The mountain’s steep rockfaces dominate the skylines of the surrounding villages. Because of these features, this sprawling, rugged landscape made the perfect location to film the Dothraki Grasslands.

The rocky, natural setting draws in many sports enthusiasts. For example, the mountain attracts hillwalkers and climbers throughout the year. Its steep cliffs also make it the perfect location for hang gliding. Soaring through the air, you’ll experience breathtaking aerial views of Northern Ireland’s coastline. And, for those looking for something less dangerous, an artificial lake on the mountaintop is a great place for trout fishing.

14. The Dark Hedges / The Kingsroad

The Dark Hedges / The Kingsroad in Game of Thrones
The Dark Hedges / The Kingsroad in Game of Thrones

The Dark Hedges looked like a place straight out of a fantasy novel long before it became the backdrop of The Kingsroad in Game of Thrones. The interlocking canopy of trees covering the road naturally creates a sense of magic and mystery.

James Stuart originally planted the beech trees lining this road in 1755. He wanted them to grow and line the entranceway to his home, Gracehill House.

According to local legend, a ghost named the Grey Lady haunts the Dark Hedges. Some say she is the spirit of James Stuart’s daughter, or possibly a housemaid who died mysteriously. Others speculate that the Grey Lady is a spirit from a nearby abandoned graveyard. People say that on Halloween night, her fellow graveyard residents join in on the haunting fun!

While James Stuart originally planted 150 trees, only around 90 are still standing. In 2016, Storm Gertrude fell two trees and damaged a third. The timber from these trees made 10 bespoke doors. Each one features a Game-of-Thrones-inspired design. You can find them throughout Northern Ireland.

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