Ireland is home to many a scenic backdrop from the very famous HBO series – Game of Thrones. Apart from filming taking place is studios in Belfast, locations scouts where sent out to find the best on site locations for some scenes, luckily they didn’t have to go too far as many famous scenes and castle were filmed within an hour or two from the studios in Northern Ireland. Below is a video and a list with links to some of the most famous sites.
Best Game of Thrones Locations In Ireland
Castle Ward – Winterfell
The outdoor scenes for Winterfell around the castle or in the courtyard are filmed at Castle Ward in County Down. For full info click into – Castle Ward
Ballintoy Harbour – Pyke Harbour, The Iron Islands
Any harbour or shallow water Iron Island scenes were filmed at Ballintoy Harbour (or just across from it). For more information on Ballintoy Harbour click here – Ballintoy Harbour
The cave scenes between Melisandre and Davos Seaworth took place in Cushendun Caves in County Antrim and we think the final scenes between Jamie Lannister and Euron Greyjoy in season 8 took place here too. For more info on the Cushendun Caves click here – Cushendun Caves.
Tollymore Forest – Winterfell Forest
The Stark forest scenes or (most) forest scenes are filmed in Tollymore forest, county Down. One of the main scenes you may remember that have been filmed here are when the Stark Family come across the dire pups. for more information on Tollymore Forest click here – Tollymore Forest.
The Dark Hedges – The Kings Road
The Dark Hedges have become famous within Ireland because of Game of Thrones, did you know that the Dark Hedges were formed in about 1775, by the Stuart Family who had 150 Beech Trees planted to line their driveway. If you would like to know more about the Dark Hedges click here – The Dark Hedges.
Larrybane Quarry – Renly Baratheon Campbase
Larrybane Quarry is used as the backdrop of Renley Baratheon’s camp base in season 2. It is beside Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (which is the next attraction). For more information click into – Larrybane Quarry.
Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge – Iron Islands
Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge is seen where Lord Greyjoy and Euron Greyjoy fight, well spoiler alert, it’s more so when Euron throws his brother off the rope bridge and down to his death. For more information on Carrick-a-rede rope Bridge click into – Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge.
If you would like to do a self drive tour of the Game of Thrones locations in Ireland click into – Game of Thrones Self Drive RoutesIf you would like to do a bus tour we recommend Mc Combs Coach Tours (which we done ourselves on a non sponsored or paid trip) or Game Of Thrones Bus Tours
If you are planning to do a tour either via bus or self drive, we recommend you bring
- A refillable water bottle
- Some snacks
- A water proof jacket
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Your camera