Routes Europe 2017

The route development forum for Europe

Belfast, Northern Ireland
23 - 25 April 2017

Tour Programme - Game of Thrones®

The global phenomenon ‘Game of Thrones®’ was largely filmed at iconic locations across Northern Ireland. Take the opportunity to visit some of these locations which helped bring the series to life. Delegates will be able to visit Portstewart Strand, The Kings Road and Ballintoy Harbour on this tour. 

Time Activity
09:00 Depart hotel for North Coast

Morning coffee in Ballygally Castle Hotel.

The Castle is home to door no. 9 of a series of 10 intricately carved doors which depict key scenes from season 6 of Game of Thrones®.  


Depart hotel for Cairncastle

High up on the Antrim plateau is Cairncastle which was used for several filming locations in Games of Thrones including the very first episode. Drive through the hills and down into Glenarm, passing Steensons the workshop where various pieces of the Game of Thrones jewellery is made.


Stopping off at Cushendun Caves.

The caves, formed over a period of 400 million years and a product of extreme weather conditions, are located just beyond Cushendun village. It was here that the Game of Thrones® crew filmed the dramatic scene from Season 2 in which the sorceress Melisandre gives birth to a shadow creature.

11:15 Depart Caves
11:45 Next we move onto Larrybane, meaning ‘the ancient white site’, a classic Storm Lands with panoramic views of the limestone cliffs and ocean. It hosted several key scenes from Game of Thrones® as well as being featured as the backdrop for a Vanity Fair front cover by world-renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz.
12:45 Lunch in Fullerton Arms, home to Door no.6

A visit to Ballintoy/Pyke Harbour.

Ballintoy (from the Irish “Baile an Tuaigh” meaning “the northern townland”). A stunning location, this charming, coastal nook is home to several scenes including where Theon Greyjoy returns to the Iron Islands.


Depart Ballintoy for Portstewart


Arrival at Portstewart Strand.

Between Portstewart and the mouth of the River Bann lies the golden sands and domineering sand dunes of Portstewart Strand. This area of natural beauty and of scientific interest is owned and managed by the National Trust. Featuring in Season 5, Portstewart Strand was the location of the Coast of Dorne.

15:15 Coffee stop in Harry’s Shack

Final stop is a real wow location and iconic Games of Thrones® landscape, The Kingsroad, locally known as The Dark Hedges.

The Dark Hedges is a much loved NI phenomenon and formed the backdrop to Arya Stark’s escape from King’s Landing. The avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century, created to impress visitors to their residence, Gracehill House.