Game of Thrones®: A Three-Day Itinerary
Discover the fantasy world of the Seven Kingdoms with this three-day, self-guided itinerary.
Day One – County Down
Location 1: Tollymore Forest Park, The Haunted Forest
If you want to really feel like you're in Westeros, start in this wild, wondrous forest. You can camp, caravan, explore the trails and see where the Night Watchmen rode through the snow before fleeing the White Walker.
Traveller Tip: The spectacular Slieve Donard Resort & Spa (4 Star) is a gorgeous place to stay over and it's only a whistle-stop away. And, if you're hungry, the brilliant Mourne Seafood Bar in Dundrum is a great spot to stop.
Tollymore Forest Park to Inch Abbey: 16.2 m / 26 km
Location 2: Inch Abbey and the River Quoile, The Riverlands
Close by, you'll find the historic Inch Abbey, dating from 1193. This is the location of the Twins, two identical castles joined by a bridge which are the seat of House Frey in the Riverlands. This is where Catelyn and Robb hear of Ned's beheading.
Traveller Tip: The esteemed SOAK Seaweed Baths are just round the corner in nearby Newcastle if you fancy a restorative treat. As is the award-winning Vanilla Restaurant – a foodie favourite.
Inch Abbey to Castle Ward: 8.5 m / 13.6 km
Location 3: Castle Ward (3 Star), Winterfell
This stunning estate on the shores of Strangford Lough has a walled courtyard and is hemmed in by acres of forest. This is the backdrop to King Baratheon's memorable arrival at Winterfell.
Traveller Tip: Bed down in one of Castle Ward's quirky camping pods and head to the nearby fishing villages for a potter. Strangford is beautiful and home to The Cuan restaurant – which showcases local seafood at its finest.
Location 4: Audley's Field on Strangford Lough, Robb's Camp
Audley's Field made an appearance in season 2, as Robb's Camp. Lots of drama unfolds in this spot, including Talisa tending the wounded in the field and Catelyn learning of Jaime Lannister's capture.
Traveller Tip: Late afternoon, why not head to Belfast for a little sightseeing and a stayover? Titanic Studios – where most of Game of Thrones is filmed – might be closed to the public, but Titanic Belfast (5 Star) is there and it's unmissable. There's also Rayanne House (5 Star), an award-winning guesthouse famous for serving up a recreation of the last meal served to Titanic's first class passengers.
Audley's Field to Belfast: 12.4 m / 20 km
Day Two – County Antrim and Derry~Londonderry
Belfast to Cushendun: 51.8 m / 83.3 km
Location 5: Cushendun Caves, The Stormlands
Get set for the jaw-dropping Causeway Coastal Route on day two. This stretch of Northern Ireland is deemed one of the world's most spectacular road journeys and Cushendun is one of its prettiest fishing villages. The Cushendun Caves are where Davos Seaworth lands Melisandre ashore and the spot where she gives birth to her shadow baby.
Traveller Tip: Mary McBride's pub, one of the smallest in Ireland, is in Cushendun, so stop off for a pint and a gossip with the locals. Or swing by the The French Rooms in Bushmills for delectable fare, gifts and a deli.
Cushendun to Murlough Bay: 2.5 m / 4 km
Location 6: Murlough Bay, The Iron Islands
Davos Seaworth was shipwrecked on this spectacular bay after the battle of Blackwater Bay. It's also where Theon Greyjoy rides on the horse with his sister Yara (before realising she is his sister).
Traveller Tip: Don't miss nearby Fair Head. This rocky headland is 600 feet above sea level and Northern Ireland's tallest cliff face. The views are out of this world.
Murlough Bay to Carrick-a-Rede: 10.3 miles / 16.5 km
Location 7: Larrybane, Carrick-a-Rede, The Stormlands
Larrybane headland is where Catelyn Stark comes to a treaty with Renly Baratheon in season 2. Renly swears he will avenge Ned Stark's death and bring Joffrey's head to Catelyn.
Traveller Tip: The awe-inspiring and nerve-racking Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
(4 Star) is right here and unmissable. See if you have the guts to walk across the Atlantic to Carrick-a-Rede Island.
Carrick-a-Rede to Ballintoy: 2.2 miles / 3.5 km
Location 8: Ballintoy Harbour, Pyke, The Iron Islands
This picturesque coastal nook is where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, the Sea Bitch.
Traveller Tip: Get the most from the Causeway Coastal Route by hiring a Causeway Campervan and touring in vintage style. And, whatever you do, don't leave Ballintoy without having a cuppa and a slice of cake in the Red Door Tea Room.
Ballintoy to the Dark Hedges: 8.7 m / 14 km
Location 9: The Dark Hedges, The King's Road
The Dark Hedges are nearby, a stunning avenue of Beech Trees dating from the 18th century. These haunting, intertwining trees feature in Arya's escape from King's Landing. A natural phenomenon and a spectacular sight.
Traveller Tip: The Galgorm Resort and Spa (4 Star) isn't far away if you fancy some supreme local food, luxury and hospitality.
The Dark Hedges to Downhill Beach: 24.7 m / 39.7 km
Location 10: Downhill Beach, Dragonstone
This 11km stretch of sea and surf on the Causeway Coast is home to Mussenden, a tiny temple perched dramatically on the edge of a 120ft cliff top. It's also Dragonstone, the spot where Melisandre burns the old gods and exhorts Stannis to draw a sword from the flames.
Traveller Tip: Before you head to Downhill make sure you visit the Giant's Causeway (5 Star) – you can't be in this part of the world and not see this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day Three – County Fermanagh
Downhill Beach to Marble Arch Caves: 97.1 miles / 157 km
Location 11: Pollnagollum Cave, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Beric Dondarrion’s Hideout
Why end the adventure after day two? Especially when you're only a couple of hours away from Beric Dondarrion's hideout in Season 3 – Pollnagollum Cave near Belmore Mountain in County Fermanagh. This cave is fed by a waterfall and swells to a torrent during harsh weather. To have a look, follow the Belmore Forest walk.
Traveller Tip: Fermanagh is a fab place to finish off. Aside from being right beside the stunning Marble Arch Caves (4 Star), you'll have the afternoon free for a bit of island hopping. Fermanagh's Lough Erne has 154 islands brimming with coves, inlets and mythology. And if you need a rest, check into the stunning Lough Erne Resort (5 Star) or book a B&B by the lake.
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