Tradition, history, heritage, breath taking scenery and the friendliest nation you’ll ever meet. This is the best of Ireland, taking you to cities, coasts and castles and the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way! Ireland is the backdrop for much of the critically acclaimed HBO series, Game of Thrones, and this 7 Road Trip excursion visits a number of the shooting locations featured the show regularly. Visit the real King’s Road, Haunted forest, Winterfell and more. You do not have to be a fan of the show to appreciate the beauty and serenity that accompanies many of these locations.See more
This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
DUBLIN is such a unique city and I personally love strolling through her streets, taking in the Georgian buildings, ornate lampposts (an unusual thing to like – but Dublin’s are works of art), the blend of different ethnicities that have found home in Ireland's capital and continually finding a new 'favourite place' (currently Chester Beatty Library). Dublin's history is long and is one that has layered the city as a foundation to what it is today. Viking, Georgian and Elizabethan influence are all evident across different elements of the city. Included within this is a distinctively Irish culture that supersedes other influences. Dublin is ranked as the 43rd most visited city in the world – just ahead of Florence in 44th – this is not a coincidence and is only growing in popularity. If you have any interest in literature, it is the home of a plethora of famed writers; including the less well-known Bram Stoker (creator of Dracula).
Before you go home, you must visit the world famous brewery that produces Ireland’s national drink "Guinness". THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate, Dublin. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the seven-story visitor experience tells the epic tale of Ireland’s iconic drink and brings to life the heritage of Guinness from early days to growth as a global brand, known all around the world. The experience starts standing at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass, which rises through the building. It is a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in The Gravity Bar where visitors will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness while relaxing and enjoying the spectacular 360-degree view of Dublin and its surroundings.
While going through Dublin’s Georgian neighborhood, which is composed of streets, parks and monuments dating from the 18th century; you should visit TRINITY COLLEGE – Ireland’s most famous university. It was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and hosted on its benches many classical writers and contemporary Irish. You will also see here the worldwide famous Book of Kells. This book is one of the first Christian manuscripts found. It was handwritten and beautifully decorated by Irish monks. The beautiful old library known as "The Long Room" will impress you without a doubt. Night in Dublin.
C. S. Lewis is said to have found his inspiration for the fictional land of Narnia in the sweeping mountains and labyrinthine forests of the Mourne region. TOLLYMORE FOREST PARK-- home to waterfalls, bridges and grottoes -- still feels like somewhere one might encounter a faun or even a wildling. "Game of Thrones" was filmed here too. Oak wood from Tollymore was the preferred material for the interiors of the White Star liners including the 'Titanic' which was built in Belfast. Seek out the original tree of the slow-growing spruce, Picea abies 'Clanbrassiliana' which originated nearby in about 1750 and is the oldest tree in any arboretum in Ireland.
AUDLEY’S CASTLE is named after its late 16th-century owners, the Audleys, an Anglo-Norman family who held land in the area in the 13th century, It was sold, with the surrounding estate, to the Ward family in 1646 and used in 1738 as an eye-catching focus of the long vista along Castle Ward's artificial lake, Temple Water. Audley's Field was used during Season 1 as King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive at Winterfell. It's the backdrop of Robb's Camp in Season 2 and the place where he first meets Talisa. Later on, Audley's Field is where Alton Lannister is imprisoned with Jaime (and doesn't live to tell the tale).
Located on the north bank of the Quoile River, INCH ABBEY was founded by John de Courcy in atonement for his destruction of Erenagah Abbey. The buildings are mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries while it is believed the church is older than that at Grey Abbey, which was built about 1193. Inch Abbey is a regular in Game of Thrones. Robb Stark’s camp was located here in season one and it is where he was proclaimed the King of the North. Night in Belfast.
BELFAST is a city with a remarkable heritage, from its emergence as a world centre of industry and shipbuilding, through a generation of political and social turmoil, to the vibrant and growing urban centre that you see today. Throughout history the character, humour and local pride of its residents has always been a defining part of the city. Modern Belfast offers a fantastic quality of life, and with a relatively young population, the city continues to evolve and develop. There is a thriving arts and cultural scene that ranges from the traditional to the highly contemporary – there is something to cater for all tastes. And the relatively compact geography means it’s all within easy reach. However, if you want a break from the hustle of the city you don’t have to travel far before you’re surrounded by stunning countryside and coastline. There is a buoyant tourist industry and Belfast is a constant presence in numerous surveys - taking its place proudly alongside some of the world’s greatest cities.
Opened on March 31, 2012, TITANIC BELFAST is a very impressive, state-of-the-art facility that covers more than 130,000 square feet. The striking building took more than 4 years to construct at a cost of GB 77 million pounds. It stands at 126 feet high - the exact same height as the hull of the famous, doomed ship. Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way; from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre. Night in Belfast.
THE GLENS OF ANTRIM (there are 9) are beautifully unique and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Within twenty square miles you can enjoy natural landscape that covers glacial valleys, sandy beaches, vertical cliffs, tundra plateau, boglands, wooded deciduous glens, coniferous forests, waterfalls and picturesque villages! Antrim's coast, from the busy port of Larne to the resorts of Portrush and Portstewart, is dotted with beaches and rocky inlets. Ancient sites and places of intrigue abound too. In addition to wonderful scenery, the landscape is dominated by spectacular ruins of fortresses built by Gaelic chieftains and Norman invaders. Ireland's first inhabitants, nomadic boatmen from Scotland, are believed to have landed in this area around 7000 BC.
Near Larne you will discover many sites of the series. You can go through CAIRNCASTLE. There is a passage called "Uslter Way" where you can walk around "Winterfell". It was also in Cairncastle that the whole tragic part of the series began as Ned Stark decapitated the night guard deserter under the eyes of Jon Snow, Theon, Robb and Bran. This is also where Catelyn captures Tyrion Lannister as she suspects him of trying to kill his son.
The DARK HEDGES is a beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. And all this before George R.R. Martin had even the earliest inkling of his wonderful Song of Ice & Fire series! Since then the iconic avenue has been used as a filming location in HBO's epic Game of Thrones - representing the King's Road in the show - and global notoriety has of course ensued! Please note that this a pedestrianized avenue - free parking is available nearby at The Hedges Hotel. Featured Scene: Season 2, episode 1: On the King' s Road, Arya Stark has escaped from King’s Landing, disguised as a boy. She is with Yoren, Gendry, Hot Pie and others who are to join the Night’s Watch, in a cart, travelling north on the King’s Road. Night in Coleraine.
MURLOUGH BAY is considered one of the most beautiful bays along the Antrim coast and yet it is something of an insider tip. The reason is obvious, Murlough Bay can only be reached via a narrow, less frequented side route, the Torr Head Scenic Route. The bay is one of the places where time seems to stand still. Shielded by steep rock walls, the path to the sea is scarred with gnarled trees and even has views across to Scotland. It’s in these Atlantic waters that Ser Davos was rescued following the Battle of the Blackwater. and Tyrion and Jorah come ashore on Slavers' Bay, only to be accosted by slavers. Today, its sea vistas and wild headlands are some of the most spectacular views on the north coast.
Spanning a chasm some eighty feet deep is the famous CARRICK-A-REDE ROPE BRIDGE it's construction once consisted of a single rope hand rail and widely spaced slats which the fishermen would traverse across with salmon caught off the island to which it leads. The single handrail was subsequently replaced by a two hand railed bridge, and the current, caged bridge was installed by the National Trust during Easter of 2000 as a further safety measure. Although no-one has ever been injured falling off the old or new bridge, there have been many instances of visitors being unable to face the return walk back across the bridge, resulting in them being taken off the island by boat, so not an activity for the faint-hearted!
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. 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 Renley swearing he will avenge Ned’s death and bring Catelyn Joffrey’s head. And then the drama really starts to unfold… Night in Coleraine.
The GIANT’S CAUSEWAY is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Northern Ireland. During the Paleogene period, County Antrim was subject to intense volcanic activity. As lava rapidly cooled, unique contraction and fracturing occurred, creating the distinctive hexagonal columns seen today. Irish legend of course has an alternate tale of the Causeway's creation!: The Irish giant Fionn MacCumhaill (Fionn McCool) built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner. One version of the legend tells that Fionn fell asleep before he got to Scotland. When he did not arrive, the much larger Benandonner crossed the bridge looking for him. To protect Fionn, his wife Oonagh laid a blanket over him and pretended that the sleeping giant was actually their baby son. When Benandonner saw the size of the 'infant', he assumed the alleged father, Fionn, must be gigantic indeed. Benandonner fled home in terror, ripping up the Causeway in case he was followed by Fionn, and therefore only the Irish coastal steps remain.
DUNLUCE CASTLE is situated dramatically close to the edge of a headland, along the North Antrim coast. One could spend hours marvelling at such a wondrous feat of construction 500 years ago! Surrounded by jaw dropping coastal scenery, this medieval castle stands where an early Irish fort was once built and can be traced back to early Christians and Vikings. Dunluce Village, which surrounded the castle, was destroyed by fire during the siege of 1641. The site features a visitor centre, shop, guided tours of the ruins and remnants of the town. Dunluce has become even more alluring to visitors; since starring in HBO's Game of Thrones. The castle was the perfect location for bleak Pyke of House Greyjoy on the Iron Islands.
DOWNHILL STRAND is part of an 11km stretch of sand and surf offering a wealth of activities including water sports, scenic walks and facilities for that perfect family day out. Downhill is a Blue Flag Award Beach 2015. Downhill Beach is used in the filming of Game of Thrones as Dragonstone, where the Seven Idols of Westeros were burned and Melisandre, flames dancing into the night sky, proclaimed: “For the night is dark and full of terrors.” MUSSENDEN TEMPLE perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top above the Atlantic Ocean, offering spectacular views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal, and to the east Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head. Night in Derry.
ULSTER AMERICAN FOLK PARK Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Immerse yourself in three centuries of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Meet costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.
THE MARBLE ARCH CAVES Visitor Centre, car park, audio visual presentation, souvenir shop, toilets, and restaurant are fully accessible. To exit the Showcave, visitors are required to climb over 150 steps; therefore the showcave is not accessible for wheelchairs or prams/pushchair. A moderate level of fitness is required to take part in the showcave tour. Visitors to the Marble Arch Caves can experience a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around. Tour groups depart the visitor centre throughout the day and consists of a short walk down through the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve; a relaxing 10 minute underground boat journey; and a pleasant stroll of approximately 1.5km through the showcave. Your tour guide will pause along the way to give a fun; interesting; and educational commentary suitable for all age groups to engage with and enjoy.
The 565 acre DUN NA RI FOREST PARK runs along the banks of the River Cabra, and features a dramatic gorge embracing part of the Cabra Castle Estate. The area is steeped in both legend & history. It is said that Cuchulain (Ireland's Ancient Superman!) camped in the Park at night, while by day conducting a single-handed defence of Ulster against the armies of Queen Maeve. There are four walks of approximately 1.5-2km in length, all with points of interest and plentiful, varied wildlife. Some more unusual highlights of a visit to Dun na Ri are the Ice House, Toba na Splinne Holy Well and Cromwell’s Bridge. The ruins of Fleming's Castle can still be seen as well as Sarah's Well. The Park also has an extremely varied plant community and as a result it is rich in a wide range of wild animals. Red and grey squirrels are common, as are stoats and rabbits. Mink flourish along the river and otters have been spotted occasionally. The Irish hare is a resident of the Park as is the pigmy shrew. Norway spruce and oak are two important species in the Park. Night in Cavan/Meath.
Breakfast included at accommodation. Return to Dublin airport at least two hours prior to your scheduled flight
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|2 Pax||Single Supplement||Child Supplement|
|Price per person ( Jan - Mar and Nov - 15th Dec)||$720||$370||$240|
|Price per person ( Apr - Oct)||$790||$370||$240|
|Price per person ( May and Sept)||$900||$370||$240|
|Price per person ( June)||$920||$370||$240|
|Price per person ( July - Aug)||$1,000||$370||$240|
|Price per person ( 15th - 31st Dec 2019)||$920||$370||$240|