With the inability to travel continuing during the pandemic, I’ve been further appreciating the trips and tours I went on previously and haven’t yet written about. One in particular that was memorable was Game of Thrones tour in Northern Ireland which my husband and I went on during our honeymoon. The tour was with McComb’s Coaches, and our driver made the trip even more memorable with his humour.
Besides for the Game of Thrones attractions, you’ll see in this article there were stops included along the way which didn’t include Game of Thrones stops but never-the-less included some great Northern Ireland attractions.
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For the tour, we left bright and early from Belfast in the coach, to our first quick stop at Carrickfergus Castle before heading to our first Game of Thrones attraction. We had stopped briefly for pictures and learnt that the castle was built more than 800 years ago, and was an important military structure, defending raids by Scots, Irish, English and the French.
The first real Game of Thrones stop was the Cushendun caves, where Melisandre gave birth to the shadow assassin. The path followed into the caves, which was a lot smaller and lower than I anticipated. The tour allows you a quick walk in to explore before moving on.
One of the things I love about Northern Ireland is how beautifully scenic it is going for a drive. I took these photos driving from the caves to the next attraction.
Our next stop along the way was a quick look at Carrick-a-Rede Ropebridge, which is a historic fishermen’s bridge suspended nearly 30m above sea-level.
Our next stop was at the Giant’s Causeway! The Unesco World Heritage Site is famous for it’s strangely shaped volcanic rock columns, set along a beautiful part of the coast. Our tour guide told us about the legend of Finn MacCool and his rival, Benandonner at the stop.
The next Game of Thrones stop was at Ballintoy Harbour, where Theon Greyjoy arrived at Pyke Harbour.
Other locations I visited on the tour (which I somehow can’t find my pictures for) is the Dark Hedges aka The Kings Road (where Arya Stark made her escape) and Larrybane (where Renly swears loyalty to Lady Stark and promises to avenge Ned’s death)
All in all, it was a fantastic tour seeing some of the film locations for Game of Thrones. The tour guide was amazing and made the trip very enjoyable. I hope one day to go back on the tour with fresh eyes having watched Game of Thrones again.