For episode 50 of the Irish Bucket List, I met the Game of Thrones Direwolves!
As you can probably tell from all of the Game of Thrones-related #IrishBucketList videos I’ve done so far, I am a huge fan of the show.
See below for a press release detailing some of the other GOT stuff you can do in NI, and click here for all the GOT IBL episodes.
The final episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones® Season 7 did not disappoint and had us all on the edge of our seats while also breaking records as the most-watched episode in the history of the series. If you can’t wait for the final instalment of the hit TV show, why not visit Northern Ireland, home to more Seven Kingdoms locations than anywhere else in the world and truly earning its title as Game of Thrones® Territory.
Episode 3 saw a new location revealed, the dramatic cliffs of Fair Head on the Causeway Coast to add to the 25 other publicly accessible filming locations. Fans of the show have long been mesmerised by the stunning landscape of Westeros and Winterfell, which of course have been brought to life using Northern Ireland’s rugged coastlines, historic castles and breathtaking countryside and forests.
Tourism NI’s PR Officer (ROI) Clare McCoy said: “Some of the dramatic scenery which forms the backdrop to much of the show’s action can be found just two hours from Dublin in Northern Ireland in locations such as Ballintoy Harbour, Portstewart Strand and Castle Ward in Co. Down. Fans can easily visit many of the locations where a favourite scene was filmed or walk in the footsteps of a much-loved character.
“There are a host of exciting experiences and visitors can choose from a range of guided location tours or immerse themselves in Game of Thrones® themed adventures such as archery, cycle tours or banquets. Or why not self navigate your way around the Seven Kingdoms with the Game of Thrones® Filming Locations Northern Ireland app”.
Tourism Northern Ireland have highlighted six new or unique experiences for 2017:
1. Games of Thrones® Air Tour Adventure
If you fancy splashing out on an experience of a lifetime, look no further than Cutting Edge Helicopters. Ascend like a raven into the sky and take in the stunning filming locations below. Fly across Downhill Beach (Dragonstone), Portstewart Strand (the Coast of Dorne), Binevenagh (the Dothraki Grasslands) and many more beautiful locations. Prices starting from £125pp (3 people).
2. Game of Thrones® Tapestry
See Game of Thrones® immortalised in a giant, Bayeux style tapestry, exceeding 77 metres, at the Ulster Museum. From Winterfell to the Iron Islands, this epic tapestry brings to life the infamous events, locations and story of the most popular television series of all time. Weaving the story from Seasons 1 to 6, this impressive tapestry gives Game of Thrones® fans the perfect chance to reminisce over all the action that led to Season 7. With new sections then added each week as Season 7 airs, it is a unique way to experience the trials and tribulations of the very latest episodes.
3. Game of Thrones® Door Food Tour
If you are keen to see more of the doors, then the Glenara Food and Door tour is for you. This tour operates in the evenings and takes in four of the ten Game of Thrones® Season 6 doors (£50 per person). Travelling from Limavady to Cushendun along the Causeway Coastal Route, you will have the chance to see the beautifully carved doors, as well as time to sample local cuisine and enjoy a tipple or two.
4. Winterfell Festival
Castle Ward in Co. Down may just be the holy grail for Game of Thrones® fans as it is instantly recognisable as Winterfell, home of the Stark family. On 24 September, the National Trust will host NI’s very own Winterfell Festival (tickets £22.50). See first-hand theatrical re-enactments from the fantasy TV series, meet an actor from the show, watch spectacular games unfold in a mystical landscape and enjoy lively music, local food and much more. Special guests will also include two of the original Stark family Direwolf dogs. It is here that you can also book a filming location cycle tour, exercise your archery skills or stay for the night in a cool glamping pod.
5. By the sea
Set sail with an Aquaholics Sea Safari (£40 per person for 6 people) and as you and make your way out into the Atlantic Ocean, you will get an ocean perspective of the many Game of Thrones® filming locations found along the Causeway Coastal Route. Visiting Ballintoy Harbour (Lordsport Harbour), Murlough Bay and Fair Head (Slaver’s Bay) the tour lasts around 4 hours and you might even spot some dolphins – not dragons – along the way.
6. Game of Thrones® Tour at Ballygally Castle
On Friday 8th September, join fellow fans for a Game of Thrones® themed Afternoon Tea and a tour of filming locations in the land of Westeros. Return to the 4* Ballygally Castle Hotel on the Causeway Coast for a Game of Thrones®Banquet and overnight stay in a superior room with breakfast (from £140pps).
For further information on planning a short break to ‘Northern Ireland Games of Thrones® Territory’, download the free filming locations app for Apple and Android and visit www.discovernorthernireland.com