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The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges is a beautiful avenue of beech trees planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion. It has become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland as it was a filming location of the popular series Game of Thrones.

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Giants Causeway
As the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption, The Giants Causeway is an area of about 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea located in the North Coast of Northern Ireland.
Dunluce Castle
A medieval castle perched on top of a high cliff, and one of the most iconic monuments in the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland.
Bushmill's Distillery
Granted a license to distill in 1608, Bushmill is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world.
Larrybane Quarry
Larrybane Quarry is a huge wall of white rock that became instantly famous after the popular tv series Game of Thrones, season 2.
Ballintoy Harbour
Ballintoy Harbour can be discovered in the picturesque village of Ballintoy. This fishing harbour can be found at the end of a small narrow steep road down Knocksaughey Hill and it has been used as a filming location in HBO's epic series Game of Thrones.
Carrick-a-Rede
Cross if you dare - though note it is perfectly safe. The precarious bridge is maintained by the National Trust and is open to travelers to cross.

Related Tours

Game of Thrones Private Day Trip
Discover the real Westeros during your private day tour and walk in the footsteps of your favourite Game of Thrones characters such as Arya, Melisandre and Jon Snow on this tour of filming locations. On your private Game of Thrones tour, you will:

  • Drive up through the rugged coast of Antrim to Carnlough and the Cushenden Caves
  • Walk the cliffs of Fair Head
  • Stop off at Larrybane Quarry and Ballintoy Harbour
  • Walk through the iconic Dark Hedges
  • Relax on a scenic drive back to your hotel
Your route takes you along the stunning coast of Antrim, stopping first at Carnlough, where you can see the spot where Arya successfully escaped the Waif in season six. Further up the coast you will be driven to the Cushendun Caves, where you can see the birthplace of Melisandre’s demon baby beneath Renly’s Camp. Also relive season eights’ fight between Jamie and Euron here.

Staying in Cushendun, have lunch at Mary McBride’s Bar (not included) and examine one of the Game of Thrones Doors, made from the storm damaged trees of the Dark Hedges, carved with scenes set in Braavos.
Continue the drive up to Fair Head and walk the crag to experience Dragonstone Cliffs, where Jon Snow encounters Daenerys and her dragon. A short ride then takes you to Larrybane Quarry which was featured as Renly's camp, where you were introduced to Brienne of Tarth when she won her duel. You will then be taken to Ballintoy Harbour, which is where Theon arrives in Lordsport on the Iron islands. Nearby, Ballintoy Beach is where Euron is drowned to become king of the Iron Islands.

You will then be taken along Kings Road, to the twisted trunks of the Dark Hedges. At the end of the Dark Hedges lies Gracehill House – call in for dinner and a drink (not included), and see another of the Game of Thrones Doors, this time commemorating Bran's transformation into the Three-Eyed Raven. Your route after dinner takes you through the rugged landscape of the Antrim plateau back to your hotel.
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