Review: Game of Thrones Location Bus Tour

Game of Thrones N.Ireland

The Stones & Thrones tour is a unique day tour of discovery where you can explore the scenic splendor of N.Ireland and see where so many of the pivotal Game Of Thrones scenes were shot!

I was given complimentary tickets for the tour from Travel Republic and covers both Dublin and Belfast pickup.

Not only was the tour insightful and great for any GOT fan but the pure Irish humour and friendliness of the guide made it very amusing. I’d recommend this tour to everybody for something different outside of the city.

Even if you have never seen a single episode or read the book, this fantastic bus tour shows off just some of the beautiful and unique scenery we are lucky to have and like me, you’ll discover places that never knew even existed..

Rating 10/10

Game of Thrones Location Tour + Giant’s Causeway

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular and successful fantasy TV series ever made. Filming of seasons 1-5 took place in the Titanic Studios in Belfast and across various locations throughout Northern Ireland.

We Started our day travelling along the scenic Causeway Coastal Route rated the fifth best road road trip in the world. Our transport was a mini bus and there was 20 passengers on the tour.
Our guide was Sharleenn, a real fan of both the books and TV series. Friendly, Knowledgeable and very funny, was well prepared with videos on ipads to show each corresponding theme. Her witty humour made the whole trip very enjoyable. On the trip we stopped for lunch at Mary Mcbrides pub in Cushendun. Soup, fish n chips, stew and Steak and Guinness pie was all on the menu. The service was quick and good value.
A crucial part of any trip to North Coast is to see the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway. Although it hasn’t been featured in Game of Thrones, the spectacular site is a must see where you will have approx 1 ½ hours to explore.
Here is just some of the places we visited…

The Stormlands, Larrybane, Carrick-a-Rede, Co. Antrim

Located along the stunning North Coast close to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge lies Larrybane headland, which used to stretch out towards Sheep Island. Its large caves once served as a home to boat builders and a safe haven from winter storms.

Featured Scene

Larrybane was the dramatic spot chosen for Renly Baratheon’s camp in Season 2. This is where Catelyn Stark agrees a treaty with Renley on behalf of her son Robb. You might remember Renly swearing he will avenge Ned’s death and bring Catelyn Joffrey’s head. And then the drama really starts to unfold…

Pyke, The Iron Islands, Ballintoy Harbour, Co. Antrim

Ballintoy is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of the North Antrim Coast between the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This stunning harbour location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands.

Featured Scene

This picturesque coastal nook is where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, the Sea Bitch. This is also where he first meets his sister Yara.

The Stormlands, Cushendun Caves, Co. Antrim

The caves at Cushendun were formed over a period of 400 million of years and are a product of extreme weather conditions. They can be found just beyond this beautiful coastal village next to the Cave House.

Featured Scene

In Season 2, Cushendun is where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow baby after being brought ashore by Davos Seaworthy.

The King’s Road, Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim

The Dark Hedges is a beautiful avenue of beech trees, planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. Two hundred years later, the Dark Hedges remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

Featured Scene

The Dark Hedges live up to their haunting name in Season 2. These spectacular trees line the King’s Road as Ayra Stark makes her escape from King’s Landing. Disguised as a boy, Ayra travels with Yoren, Gendry, Hot Pie and all the others off to join the Night Watch…

 Giants Causeway

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The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbours a wealth of local and natural history. You cannot visit N.Ireland without visiting the Giant’s Causeway.

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Overall, a fantastic experience. Great value for money and very informative. The Tour guide was an extra on the show and was clearly very engaged and gave us a ton of great insight into the show. Very relaxed and never felt hurried and we got to see a ton of great locations. Best tour I’ve ever been on, hands down.

 

To book visit Travel Republic and request pick up from Dublin or Belfast
Prices from Belfast: £35 per adult, £20 per child, £90 for 2 adults and 2 children
What you will see:
Giants Causeway (1 hour to explore)
Castle Black / Magheramore
Nights Watch Beheading / Carncastle
Shadow Birth / Cushendun Caves
King Renly’s Camp / Larrybane
Theons Return / Ballintoy harbour
Arya’s Escape / Dark hedges
Optional Extras:
Carric-a-Reed Rope Bridge (40 minutes to explore the area).
Please note there is an additional fee £5.50 payable locally to walk over the Carric-a-Reed Rope BridgeSchedule:
Belfast Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:30
This tour departs from Belfast city centre
Dress Code:
We recommend warm clothing as the north coast can have some wind chill

Tips..

Bring £20 in cash for lunch, carrick a rede and money to buy a coffee or snack.

Get the shuttle bus down to the causeway, saves some time to explore the causeway.

Wear the right shoes and plenty of walking and make sure your phone is charged for photos.

 

Accessibility:
All areas might not be accessible for those using a wheelchair and there is a lot of walking involved.

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