Great Landscapes from the Game of Thrones
A wonderful combination of coastal geological curves and epic inland settings. The mythical Game of Thrones landscapes, which have stunned audiences worldwide, exist alongside the wondrous physical attractions in the north of Ireland. You do not have to be a fan of the HBO show to enjoy these corners of natural beauty, magical woodlands, castle and caves carved into dramatic coastlines. This tour is packed full of picturesque setting with plenty of light-hearted fun along the way.
• 4 nights Half Board in 4* accommodation
• Return ferry crossing
• GoT themed afternoon tea at the hotel
• Visit to Winterfell (Castle Ward) for castle tour and further walking tour of film locations
• Visit to Tollymore Forest Park
• Guided day tour of coast including stops at the Dark Hedges avenue
• Walk the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
• Tour & Tasting at Bushmills Distillery
• Entry to Dunluce Castle
• Day of leisure in Belfast – perhaps check out Steenson’s Jewellers for themed momento pieces
• Meet the Direwolves experience at Castle Ward
• Lunch at Fullerton Arms – view one of the specially commissioned GoT doors
4* Ballygally Castle Hotel, Ballygally (or similar)
• Lift • Bar
• Coach parking
Day 1: Take a ferry across the Irish Sea to either Belfast or Dublin, it is a fairly short drive north from Dublin to Belfast so you will arrive and settle into your hotel base in good time.
Day 2: Travel south to County Down today to visit Castle Ward, an 18th century castle in gothic and classical style, set in the rolling hills and tranquillity surrounding Strangford Lough. Here the historic farmyard is one of the prime locations of the HBO smash hit series, it plays host to all the action that takes place in the northern kingdom of ‘Winterfell’. Take a castle tour and walk to surrounding areas / film locations of interest. Afternoon visit to Tollymore Forest Park, this beautiful forest scenery sits at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, an area of 650 hectares with streams, ancient stone walls and indigenous trees. A park ranger will equip you with map of wayward walking trails and a list the nearby sites of interest in the Game of Thrones series.
Day 3: Take a guided tour of the north coast of Ireland, known as the Causeway Coast, uncovering lesser known yet dramatic gems along the way, carefully selected for the Game of Thrones series. Stop first at the ‘Dark Hedges’, a wonderful avenue of beech trees, lining the way upon the fictional ‘Kings Road’, a fantastic setting for photo opportunities. Next stop, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, an enthralling walk along this 350-year-old bridge erected by fishermen which connects an island to the mainland is not to be missed! Optional pub lunch nearby (at supplement, early pre-booking required) at the Fullerton Arms, location of one of the ten specially commissioned Game of Thrones doors, featured inside. Follow this with a tour and tasting at the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, the oldest working distillery in Ireland. Continue along the coast to the last stop of today, the ruin of Dunluce Castle, aka Greyjoy’s, perched ramatically on the clifftop.
Day 4: Day at leisure in Belfast. Explore the capital of Northern Ireland, perhaps a visit to Steenson’s Jewellers to source a souvenir GoT memento piece is in order!
Day 5: Depart hotel after breakfast to make the return ferry crossing.
Staying in the Ballygally Castle Hotel is a fantastic and fitting experience to any GoT tour in these parts, however, should you wish for alternative accommodation to suit your customers budget we can of course arrange.