Introducing Austin Adventures’ New Ireland: Game of Thrones Adventure.
Northern Ireland is a land of mist-shrouded mountains, enchanting valleys, and crashing seascapes. These dramatic qualities captured the imaginations of the producers of HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones. Much of the show has been filmed on the Emerald Isle and for good reason. Walking through Ireland’s mystical landscape is like stepping into another world. Not only are the locations gorgeous, but they are also steeped in legend.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Westeros.
Our new Game of Thrones Adventure puts you in the epic fantasy world of the Seven Kingdoms. Embracing Ireland’s deep story-telling tradition, your local guides will bring the region’s dynamic history and rich lore to life. They will immerse you in the film locations, as well as introduce you to some of Northern Ireland’s most spectacular wonders. Here are just three of the incredible places you’ll see on this trip.
Collect all ten of the Wooden Doors Passport Stamps
Not only will you explore the famous Game of Thrones sets and locations, like Winterfell, Stormlands, and The Dark Hedges, but you will be whisked to the ten wooden “doors” to grab your passport stamps. What do we speak of when we mention these wooden ‘doors’? In January 2016, the Game of Thrones filming location known as the Dark Hedges was battered by Storm Gertrude. The wood from two enormous beech trees that fell that day was carved into ten intricately designed pub doors, each one telling the story of an episode of season 6. You’ll check off all ten doors on this tour as you visit the pubs, cafes and inns that house them. These are perfect places to mix with the locals as you tip back a pint.
Hike the Mourne Mountains
Don’t let the grim name of this tiny mountain range fool you. It’s one of the prettiest places in Northern Ireland. The Mourne Mountains have influenced more than just the creators of the TV version of Game of Thrones. They also inspired C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. As you follow ancient rock walls through the mountains, listen for the faint voices of the fairies coming from the legendary Pollaphuca, or “Hole of the Sprites.”
Sleep Near the Dark Hedges
One of the most distinctive locations in Northern Ireland is the famous King’s Road (aka The Dark Hedges), where a grove of two-hundred-year-old beech trees have grown together forming a long, natural tunnel. The branches have grown together creating a mesmerizing interplay of shadow and light. The grove was planted in 1775 by James Stuart along the entrance road to his hotel, the Gracehill House, to impress guests. Not only will you have the opportunity to wander through the Dark Hedges, but for two nights, you’ll be sleeping just a short stroll away. It’s hard to get closer to a Song of Ice and Fire than that.
To learn more about this epic (fantasy) adventure, head over to our trip page.