Updated 21 October 2019
Game of Thrones may be over, but in Northern Ireland, the legacy lives on in the amazing filming locations. If you’re not a fan of GoT, you’ll still want to read this because these are some pretty epic spots to explore and they’re even better to elope. Take a read at my guide for all you need to know about planning your adventure session or elopement at any of these iconic Game of Thrones locations in Northern Ireland.
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 or elopement here, because the options are limited, but I totally get why people want the iconic shot of the Kings Road – it is freakin’ epic!
Best Game of Thrones Venues
All of these venues are located reasonably close to atleast one of these locations so make the perfect spot for a wedding reception if you’d love to have a bigger day.
Places To Stay
There are some wonderful hotels and Air BnB’s on the Causeway Coast. Here are a few that would be perfect for anyone visiting or eloping on the Causeway Coast of Ireland.
- Bushmills Inn
- Kinbane Self Catering Cottage
- Ballintoy Beach Cottage
- Causeway Coast Rentals (rental agency with hundreds of properties to choose from).
- The Surfer’s House
- The Carrick B&B
After you elope, you’ll want to celebrate. And there’s nothing better than an Irish pub to do it in. These are some of the best spots for a good pint of Guinness to celebrate…or just to have the craic!
So there you have it, the ultimate guide to exploring some of the best spots Northern Ireland has to offer. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan and you’re planning your elopement or even just a vacation, get in touch. I would love to create images with you that you can show your friends back home. Lx