Go to Northern Ireland if you are a Game Of Thrones fan

Posted by Neil Hand on the 26th of February 2016 at 10:46:20

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Mussenden Temple

Much of the filming takes place in beautiful and diverse Northern Ireland and it has become nearly a sport in Ireland to try and recognize/name the area. So here are a few locations (and we are forgetting many).

Tollymore Forest Park, County Down
The first State Forest Park in Northern Ireland the Tollymore Forest Park is still one of the most beautiful in Ireland. It covers more than 630 hectares at the foot of the famous Mourne Mountains near Newcastle. With the wild and untamed beauty it possess it is not surprising that is was used for the very first scene of Game of Thrones. Can you remember in the pilot episode where members of the Night’s Watch encounter White Walkers? Well, that scene was filmed here and if you follow one of the four walking trails you might even encounter the exact spot!
Tollymore Forest Park
Murlough Bay, County Antrim
Considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in Antrim it is now wonder that this picturesque gulf found its wayinto the awarded HBO series. It is still an insider’s tip as not many travellers know about it due to its remoteness. Only a narrow minor road will take you to this stunning area. It is the same road Theon Greyjoy and his sister Yara ride on to reach Pyke, the seat of their house. However it is absolutely worth the journey as the landscape is as breath-taking as it is on the show! Enjoy the panoramic view over the sea and Rathlin Island. On sunny days even the Scottish Mull of Kintyre are visible. Or explore the old miners cottages left behind by their owners when the mines closed. Murlough Bay is best discovered by foot, so leave your car or horse behind and set off to explore this staggering area.
Murlough Bay
Ballycastle, County Antrim
Ballycastle in County Antrim is the place you want to be in when exploring the scenic Causeway Coast Route. In only a small radius you will find many of the top-attractions like the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge or the Bushmills Distillery. In Game of Thrones you will see this scenic little harbour as the Free Cities where Varys was born.
Mussenden Temple & Downhill Beach, County Londonderry
This romantic little spot was built in 1785 and has over the years getting closer to the coastal edge. The National Trust carried out some stabilisation work here in 1997 to preserve this building, styled after the Temple of Vesta in Italy, falling into the sea. There are some great views over to parts of County Donegal. Nowadays you can even hold your wedding in this enchanting place. Mussenden Temple also allows for an amazing view over Downhill Beach, an 11km long sandy beach that was a Northern Ireland Seaside Award Winning Beach in 2013. The scene with the burning of the 7 Idols of Westeros takes place on this scenic beach and if you look for it, you will even see the Mussenden Temple during this scene.
Mussenden Temple

The Dark Hedges, County Antrim

The Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland are probably one of the most photographed and painted phenomena in the region. These striking beech trees were planted by the Stuart Family in the 1800s, along the avenue leading up to their home – Gracehill.A place such as this cannot escape the inevitable tales of ghostly activity – with an grey lady thought to haunt the avenue – although for whom she is looking or why seems to have been lost to the mists of time. It was the "King's Road" in Game of Thrones.




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