The Dark Hedges / The Kingsroad in Game of Thrones
McComb's Game of Thrones Tour / Carrick-A-Rede
McComb's Game of Thrones Tour
McComb's Coach Travel touring the Dark Hedges
McComb's Game of Thrones Tour / Giant's Causeway

Game of Thrones Northern Ireland Tour

Journey through Westeros and visit some of the most iconic GOT settings on this award-winning, multi-stop bus tour.

On this Game of Thrones Northern Ireland Tour, you can ride through Westeros in style. Not on horseback, but on the same coaches used by the cast and crew when filming the show (Seasons 1 – 6). So you can sit back and relax while your tour guide brings you through this breath-taking landscape.

This tour has earned a NITB (Northern Ireland Tourist Board) 5 Star Tour rating!

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McComb's Game of Thrones Tour / Dark Hedges
McComb’s Game of Thrones Tour / Dark Hedges

Starting at 9am, the bus makes multiple pick-ups in Belfast. The tour then brings you along the scenic Causeway Coastal Route, taking in beautiful coastal towns, and of course, famous filming locations. These include:

Cushendun Caves – It was here that Melisandre gave birth to the Shadow Baby. This smoky spirit proved to be the demise of Renly Baratheon

Ballintoy Harbour – The site of Pyke Harbour, part of the Iron Islands, home place of Theon Greyjoy

Larrybane – This is where Renly set up his camp, swore to Lady Stark that he would avenge Ned’s death, and was ultimately killed

The Dark Hedges – One of the most recognisable locations from GOT, this is the eerie setting of the King’s Road

As well as visiting these iconic on-screen locations, you will also get the chance to explore some of Northern Ireland’s most famous historical attractions. First will be a visit to Giants Causeway. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a source of great pride for Northern Ireland and a must-see for any tourist. Later, you will also be brought to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Will you have the courage to make it the whole way across?

Tours run throughout the year. However, seats on tour buses are limited, so booking in advance is essential.

McComb's Game of Thrones Tour
McComb’s Game of Thrones Tour

During the Winter Schedule, an alternative tour route may be used. Due to the tour running behind schedule or a lack of daylight, the Ballintoy Harbour stop may be skipped.

Please note that the tour includes a lot of walking, sometimes over uneven surfaces. Patrons are advised to wear comfortable and appropriate footwear and to have moderate fitness levels. Also, please be aware of the season, and dress appropriately for the weather and activity.

Tour details

  • Exclusions

    Food & Drink, Gratuities, Hotel drop off

  • 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 McComb’s Coach Travel. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones.

Locations (7)

2. 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.

3. Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

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.

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. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

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