If you’re ready to fulfil a personal prophecy to take a road trip through Northern Ireland to see some of the Seven Kingdoms, listen to the will of the gods (the old or the new), follow that three-eyed raven, and begin your journey in the North before travelling southeast. Northern Ireland is the backdrop to idyllic views, rugged terrain, endless greenery, and gorgeous stone castles that have been frequently utilized as film sets for the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. For any fan, this magical itinerary is sure to make you feel like a true born Stark.
DAY 1- Dorne and Dragonstone
The Dornish are arguably some of the most unique people in the entire Seven Kingdoms. As Dorne is portrayed as a warm, southern climate, fans of the show might be surprised to hear that one popular scene from Dorne in Game of Thrones was filmed in Northern Ireland. Near River Bann exists gorgeous golden beaches and dunes where Jamie Lannister and Bron made landing in the southern kingdom in an attempt to rescue Myrcella Baratheon. Portstewart Strand is a great place for a photo op and a picnic, but watch out for patrolling Dornishmen. It is located in the northernmost part of County Antrim.
This beautiful temple overlooking vast, breathtaking cliffs is visited by Melisandre (the Red Lady) and Stannis Baratheon. It is also known as the ancestral home of the House Targaryen. Located along the shores of Northern Ireland in County Antrim, this is a stunning stop that is sure to restore your faith in the Lord of Light; but be careful, for the night is dark and full of terrors.
Total driving distance: 3 miles
Day 2 – Iron Islands and Renly’s Camp
Those that are Ironborn will want to make the a stop in Ballintoy Harbour. After a two hour drive from Mussenden Temple, you will be in another of the Seven Kingdoms. Just one kilometre from the small, friendly village of Ballintoy is a picturesque raised beach where Theon Greyjoy first returns home and meets his tenacious sister, Yara.
Theon is baptised here, and this quaint harbour is later revisited when Aeron Greyjoy speaks of the fate of the Ironborn and a possible new ruler. Located in County Antrim, Ballintoy makes a lovely pitstop on your way East.
Continue through the Seven Kingdoms with a ten-minute drive from Ballintoy Harbour to Larrybane. Here, you will be greeted with a breathtaking view of the Causeway Coast and Sheep Island. Larrybane is where we were first introduced to Brienne of Tarth in her fight against Loras Tyrell where her win rewarded her the position of Renly’s Kingsguard.
This is also where Renly Baratheon sets up camp for the ever impending war. Just a short walk away is the iconic Kingsmoot scene where the Ironborn rally in support of Yara Greyjoy’s claim to the Salt Throne. Larrybane is on the North coast of County Antrim and is also home to a magnificent quarry.
Total driving distance: 25 miles