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GAME OF THRONES ROAD TRIP

No one does coast like Northern Ireland. Waves batter mossy cliffs and hardy seals chill on blustery beaches. It’s a mood.

The best way to see it is by taking the Causeway Coastal Route. Think 130 miles of fishing villages that time forgot, cosy pubs with creamy pints, and Game of Thrones...

You heard. Have a cuddle puddle with the direwolves, sail about Westeros Castles, and go to the spot of THAT shadow baby scene (if you know, you know).

The Route

The tradish Causeway Coastal Route clings to the coast all the way from Belfast to Derry. You’ll be loosely sticking to the same path but with three main sections. Your first two activities are close to Belfast, the next stop is Cushendun Caves, and finally you’ll reach Crindle Stables (close to Derry) for your last activity.

What you'll do

SPOILER. Direwolves aren’t real. Take a second. It’ll be okay.

HBO weren’t able to use real wolves… probs something to do with the sharp teeth or bloodlust. Anyway, the good news is that they ended up using adorable Northern Inuit dogs. Odin and Thor are the actual Direwolves used in the series, most notably the puppy scene.

These little bros (who are now massive wolf-size) were trained by Caroline Benoist to howl on command. Fun fact, she also trained dogs for Harry Potter. You can go and meet them, give them a good fussing, and try and smuggle them home with you.

You’ll be staying in the same Strangford area for your next activity. It’s time to take to the water. Board a boat decked out in Stark house flags and cruise out of Strangford Lough - which was used as The Narrow Sea in the series. Remember when Brienne was on her way to King's Landing and brought Jaimie ashore in a canoe? That’s this stretch of water.

Your guide will also point out the spots that were used for Bolton’s Dreadfort Castle, Robb’s Camp, and Tully’s Viking Funeral.

Haven’t slept since season 2...

Anyone else scarred by watching Melisandre give birth to a shadow baby? Yep so that’s everyone. Cushendun Caves is the scene of the crime/birth. It’s actually a really beaut spot with grassy boulders that look like pesto-y arancini balls.

Make sure you check out Murlough Bat for views all the way to Scotland - on a clear day.

Feel the sea spray in your hair as you tear about screaming “FOR ROBB”...

It’s like Crindle Stables see inside your mind. They’ve put together a horsey package that lets you live out your GOT fantasies. Well, some of them. Steady, Casanova.

You’ll canter about on the beach where Melisandre burnt the effigies to the Seven Gods of Westeros. The bundle also includes an overnight stay with dinner and use of the health club. Cos you’re fancy.

Where to stay

Seal Cabin, Strangford

If you want a basic, budget option near your fist stop, Seal Cabin is your guy. It's in the heart of GOT territory and has a chilled vibe - think rugged coast and craggy cliffs. Seal Cabin is a cosy little nook. Ideal for Lannisters and Starks alike.

The Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy

This pub has no business being this damn good-looking. The raw dangling lightbulbs and pared-back rooms are more Scandi than Northern Ireland. Don't question it. Get a creamy pint and a bowl of mussels then curl up in bed. The price won't break the bank either.

Palace Street Apartments, Londonderry

It’s the last night of your trip so flip your budget the bird and stay on a street fit for royalty. It’s called Palace Street, makes absolute sense. You’ll be crashing in your own private apartment with all the mod cons and massive rooms.