8. Belfast: Game of Thrones Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway
Depart from Jurys Inn hotel taking the Causeway Coastal Route, passing Carrickfergus Castle and Magheramorne Quarry, the location of Castle Black and the Wall. Stop for coffee and restrooms in Carnlough. This is the harbour where Arya escapes a Braavos canal after she was stabbed by the Waif. Stop to take photos at the Cushendun Caves in the Stormlands where Melisandre gave birth to a dark spirit.
Cross Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, but don’t look down, it’s 30m (98 ft) to the rocks below. Please be advised that the walk from the coach park to the Rope Bridge itself is almost 1 km, so expect to walk for 20 minutes to the Rope Bridge, cross the bridge and back again, then walk 1 km back to the coach park along spectacular sea cliffs.
Visit Renly’s Camp and Iron Islands Kingsmoot, the location of the Iron Islands Kingsmoot in season 6 when Euron claimed the Salt Throne from Yara. Stop for lunch at a charming guesthouse, restaurant and pub in Ballintoy on the north coast (not included). Afterwards, head to Ballintoy Harbor, the location where Theon came ashore on Pyke Island, where Theon later rededicated his faith to the ‘Drowned God’, where Ser Davos seeks the help of Salladhor Saan for the Battle of Blackwater Bay, and where Gendry escapes Dragonstone in a rowing boat. This is where your guide opens the trunk of the coach and takes out the Reever and Yara costumes, swords, axes, and Greyjoy banners.
Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway: a UNESCO World Heritage site and geological marvel of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed in the Paleogene Period, 50-60 million years ago (please note there is up to 2 kilometers of walking at this location). On the way back, make a photo stop at the Dark Hedges, the haunting avenue of serpentine beech trees through which Arya and Gendry escaped King’s Landing.