Game of Thrones Dragon Tour

See the sights of the Seven Kingdoms on the Game of Thrones Dragon Tour. Visit the iconic regions from throughout Westeros.

In comparison to other countries around the world, Ireland is by no means a big place. However, when it comes to its relationship with Game of Thrones, this small island has been pivotal in creating a large fantasy world. From the moment the TV series arrived on our screens in 2011, Northern Ireland has been a prominent feature. Its lush landscapes and coastal views have featured as the backdrops for many regions in the Seven Kingdoms.

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The Game of Thrones Dragon Tour is the perfect opportunity to get up-close and personal with the scenery from the TV series. This fully guided coach trip features many of the iconic filming locations from all 8 seasons. It is a fully immersive experience too, providing you with costumes and props so that you can recreate your favourite scenes.

Starting in the morning in Belfast City Centre, you will first travel out to the countryside, stopping at the Dark Hedges. This rural stretch of road, with its distinctive canopy of trees, features on Game of Thrones as the Kings Road. This is the path that Arya Stark took when she was fleeing from King’s Landing.

Next, you’ll travel out to the coast. First, you’ll stop at Ballintoy Harbour. The rocky shoreline here featured as Pyke, the island home of Theon Greyjoy. Then it’s off to Larrybane, the quarry where Renly Baratheon held his tourney. And that’s all before you grab lunch in Ballycastle. This scenic seaside town is the home of actors Conleth Hill (Lord Varys) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark).

After lunch, the Game of Thrones Dragon Tour stays along the coast.

Your first stop will be to Fairhead. The coastal cliffs here helped to create the dramatic landscape of Dragonstone. Also a feature of the Targaryen homeland are the Cushendun Caves. This is where Ser Davos witnesses Mellisandre giving birth to the Shadow Assassin.

Finally, before returning to Belfast, you’ll make a stop at Carnlough. This peaceful seaside town featured as Braavos in one of the TV series’ most dramatic scenes. This is where Arya was attacked by the Waif, only escaping by jumping into the water. You can even recreate some of this scene at the stone harbour steps, where Arya dragged herself to safety.

Please note

Swords and other props are provided on the coach

This tour includes walking treks, often over uneven surfaces

Game of Thrones® is full of adult content and is rated 18+ in the UK and Ireland. Accordingly, children under the age of 12 are not permitted on this tour. This is why there is no children’s ticket price.

Tour details

  • Exclusions

    Entry Fees
    Food & Drink
    Gratuities

  • Extras

    Lunch stop for some famous Irish hospitality

  • Things to bring

    Appropriate clothing
    Comfortable shoes

  • Trademarks

    Game of Thrones is a registered trademark of Home Box Office, Inc.

  • Disclaimer

    This tour is independently operated by GOT Direwolves. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones.

Locations (8)

2. The Dark Hedges / The Kingsroad

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.

3. Ballintoy Harbour / Lordsport

Ballintoy Harbour (01)

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.

4. Larrybane Quarry / Renly Baratheon’s Camp

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.

5. Ballycastle

Ballycastle

While Ballycastle doesn’t feature in the Game of Thrones TV series, it does play an important role. This small seaside town is the home of actors Conleth Hill (Lord Varys) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark).

This is a quintessential coastal town, where you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, and fill your lungs with salty, Irish Sea air. It is the perfect place to indulge in a refreshing coastal walk, some fresh seafood, and maybe even a quiet beer or two!

Looking out on a clear day, you can make out Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre far off in the distance. A regular ferry service also makes trips to and from nearby Rathlin Island, a wildlife sanctuary. It makes for a fun day-trip. And it gives you the opportunity to spot some of the colourfully-beaked puffins that the island is known for.

Other attractions in the area include Ballycastle Beach, the 16th century Kilbane Castle, and Glentaisie, the most northerly of the Nine Glens of Antrim. For the avid Game of Thrones fans, there is nearby Ballintoy Harbour, the filming location for the island Pyke. Also not too far away is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant’s Causeway. A must-see for anyone visiting the area.

6. Cushendun Caves / Storms End

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. Carnlough Harbour / Braavos

Carnlough Harbour

The seaside village of Carnlough plays a pivotal role in the filming of Game of Thrones. On-screen, it transformed into the free city of Braavos.

It is here that we see a lot of Arya Stark’s most significant character development. She comes to Braavos to find Jaqen H’ghar, and learns how to become a faceless assassin. She also nearly meets her end in this city, when the Waif confronts her and she has to fight for her life.

Exploring Carnlough you will find some notable locations from the show. The stone harbour steps leading down to the canal have become iconic among GOT fans. Here we see Arya pull herself out of the water after being attacked. Bleeding from stab wounds, she struggles up the steps in an attempt to flee danger.

Beside the spot now stands a plaque with information about the scene and the filming that went on there.

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