So with episode 3 being the unbelievable level of epic-ness that it was this week, I thought it was about time I did a blog about my favourite Game of Thrones locations. If you’re not a fan of GoT, you’ll still want to read this because these are also just some pretty epic spots to explore.
Ballintoy is one of those spots that is a gift that keeps on giving. There were several parts of Ballintoy filmed for Game of Thrones, with it becoming synonymous with the Iron Islands and the Greyjoys. It’s a complete hotspot for tourists and it’s easy to see why. But most only stick around the harbour, which is probably the most infamous shot.
However, if you go to the left of the car park and keep going, you come to some of the most iconic landscapes ever. With the wonderful rock formations, including elephant rock, and endless caves, it’s a photographer’s dream.
If you go to the right of the car park you will find a hidden cove, which has become famous in Season 8 as the landing point for the allied army on their quest to Kings Landing.
Larrybane is one of the lesser known Game of Thrones locations, which is nestled just below Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge. With the most wonderful Limestone and gorgeous aqua blue in the sea, it really is a sight to behold. It’s particularly beautiful at sunrise and when the rope bridge is closed. Then you have full access to the bottom car park which is huge and slightly eery.
So I’m almost reluctant to put this one on here, because Murlough is probably the most untouched spot of all the Game of Thrones locations. That’s partly because it’s a bit more tricky to get to, but also because it has the scariest drive down to it ever. But oh my goodness it’s worth it. If you get right down to the bottom, there’s a gorgeous little hidden beach that is just out of this world. It’s the most perfect spot for an intimate elopement.
Portstewart Strand is known for being a beautiful beach and of course, Harry’s Shack, but did you know they also filmed GoT there? With the dunes and Mussenden Temple (which is an actual ancient temple on the edge of a cliff) off in the distance, it’s a gorgeous location, and perfect for sunset. It’s a bit harder to shoot here, purely because it’s so busy, but in the winter it’s gorgeous and much more quiet.
The Dark Hedges
I put this one on here reluctantly, because this location is only good if you get the right time, which is either first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Even then, I shot there at 8am and there were already bus loads of tourists arriving. I would never do an entire adventure session here, because the options are limited, but I totally get why people want the iconic shot of the Kings Road – it is freakin’ epic!
So there you have it, some of my favourite Game of Thrones locations on the Causeway Coast. How lucky are we to have all this on our doorstep…and so so much more! Would you like to elope here? Or maybe have an adventure session? Get in touch, because as a local, I’m so proud of this place and I’d love to help you plan and capture every moment. Lx