SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“The trail descriptions, the suggestions for local transportation, the accommodations were all excellent. I like that the company checks in to see how things are going as I am on my own. They are very helpful and friendly and overall it is a totally grand experience!.”
– Dianne, Canada, 2017
Game of Thrones – the record breaking HBO series – needs no introduction. The series began in the USA in 2011 and after 7 seasons we are now entering the final season of the series which will air in 2019. The series has been filmed in numerous locations worldwide, such as Croatia, Spain & Iceland, but some of the most iconic scenes we filmed right here in Ireland, in Antrim.
Our new self guided Westeros Way tour will take you to some of these iconic locations, with the added bonus of exploring part of Irelands most spectacular walks through the Antrim Glen and along the Northern Coast. The tour starts with a bus tour south to County Down, taking you to Carlingford Lough and to Mourne Mountains to the Winterfell Experience & Tollymore Forest (where the Starks found their direwolves). Your hiking then starts on Day 3, travelling North towards Larne with a hike through the Dothraki Sea in the Antrim Glens. The next 4 days hikes take you North along the coast, with these routes taking you to Winterfell, Melisandre’s Cave, the Iron Islands, Castle Greyjoy & more.
If a trip to Northern Ireland, without the Game of Throne theme would be more your choice, we have another 8-Day Self Guided Antrim Hike here.
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You begin your holiday on arrival to your accommodation in Belfast. Here you will get your tour pack which includes all route notes, maps and information need for the trip. If you arrive early you can use this time to take a Black Taxi Tour of the city, visit the Titanic experience or the Botanic Gardens.
Today you will travel South from Belfast on a bus tour exploring some of the locations located around Carlingford Lough & the Mourne Mountains. On this tour you will visit Scrabo Tower (Season 5), Old Castle Ward (Winterfell Experience), Inch Abbey (Season 3) and Tollymore Forest (Season 1). Overnight in Belfast.
Walk Details: The tour will include two treks, totaling 6km during the day. This will include uneven ground, steep hills and forests trails. Everyone should wear comfortable walking shoes on the day with a good grip.
Please note lunch is not included in the price, the tour stops for lunch in Strangford
Today you will travel back to Ballyboley Forest to start your walk. You will hike North, with the route starting with a gentle climb as we contour around Agnews Hill, continuing along to the Sallagh Braes. From the top of these cliffs you will be looking down on valley used to film the iconic scene is Season One where Ned Stark beheads the deserter from the Night’s Watch, also the scenes where Jamie Lannister is freed from captivity outside Harrenhal and where Lord Baelish convinces Lady Sansa to marry Ramsay Bolton.
From here you will follow the Ulster Way north along a beautiful ridgeline, until you descend into the quaint village of Glenarm, where you will be collected & transferred to your accommodation in Cushendall.
Walk Details: Distance: 20kms. Max. Height: 400m. Rocky, muddy mountain and grass tracks with some road walking. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
Today, you will be transferred North towards Ballycastle.
En route, your driver will stop at Cushendun to allow you visit Cushendun Caves, where Melisandre gave birth to the dark spirit. After you see the caves you will be transferred to Murlough Car Park to start your walk on Fairhead. You will enjoy an amazing walk along this headland with stunning views of Ballycastle & Rathlin Island. More importantly though you will follow in the footsteps of King Renly, visiting his Camp at Murlough Bay, travel along the Road to Pike, where Theon and Yara were reunited and see where Ser Davos washed ashore following the Battle of the Blackwater.
If time allows, following your walk, your driver will take you to the Dark Hedges for a photo on this iconic stretch of road before taking you to Ballycastle for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 12kms. Max. Height: 100m. Grass tracks and road walking. Boots recommended.
For Today’s walk you will be taken by taxi to Larrybane with its visitor centre and the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge – the scene of Balon Greyjoy’s death . The bridge spans an 80 foot deep chasm that renders Carrick-a-Rede island, a must do for every visitor. Larrybane Quarry, the overflow carpark for the visitors centre has been used several times in the series, most notably as Storm’s End, seat of House Baratheon, where we first meet Brienne of Tarth in season two when she defeated Loras Tyrell in front of King Renly.
Next up is Ballintoy Harbour, this picturesque inlet is best remembered as Lordsport Harbour on the Iron Islands in Season 2.
As you continue west, you will come to the Giants Causeway, which may not have appeared in the show yet, but has to be visited on any trip to the Northern Coast. From here you get the shuttle bus to Bushmills for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 18kms. Duration: 4.5hours. Max. Height: 100m. Grass tracks and road walking. Boots recommended.
Your final day’s walking begins on the coast road to Portrush. Not long after starting off you will come to Castle Greyjoy (Dunluce Castle), the first of your iconic locations today. At the end of your hike, along this stunning coastline, you will come to Portstewart Promenade. Just beyond the promenade is Portstewart Strand, which was used in the series to film scenes in Dorne.
If you are feeling energetic, you can continue along the coastline to reach the mouth of the River Bann. From here you have amazing views of Dragonstone (Mussenden Strand & Temple).
Walk Details: Distance: 19 kms to Portstewart, a further 1.5km to Portstewart Strand & 1km from here to River Bann. Max. Height: 120m. Grass tracks and road walking with some beach walking. Boots recommended.
Following a hearty breakfast you will bid farewell to the North, getting the bus south to Belfast for your return home, be it by plane, ship or Dragon!
If you would like to extend your stay in Westeros, these are the optional extra days we can recommend:
Day 3 – Guided Tour of the Belfast Hills (Duration 1/2 Day)
Day 6 – Visit Rathlin Islands & Dark Hedges
Day 8 – Visit Bushmills Inn & return to Giants Causeway