Journeying through the real Westeros
Ancient castles, timeless history, spectacular mountains and valleys, picturesque old harbours, towering cliffs and some of Europe's most beautiful and unspoilt countryside - is it any wonder that HBO's world famous Game of Thrones® chose Mid and East Antrim to film some of its most memorable scenes?
When the makers of HBO’s Game of Thrones® were scouring the planet for the ideal backdrop for their award-winning medieval fantasy series, their remit was tough.
To find an ancient landscape new to the rest of the world, where dramatic cliffs gave way to beautiful valleys, medieval castles mixed with picturesque old harbours and an endlessly surprising countryside could be as natural a setting for magical happenings as savage battles.
But for all the mystery and intrigue, they also knew this landscape must be real and wild, not over cultivated or familiar.
Perhaps it helped that this part of the world, where the hills and Glens of Antrim meet the spectacular Causeway Coast, still bears the mark of centuries of conflict between warring clans that mirrors that between the Houses of Stark and Lannister and their rivals for the Iron Throne.
Or that its own legends, folklore and myths, still alive in local imaginations, have a power every bit as haunting as those of Westeros.
So come along with us and journey through the authentic world of the Seven Kingdoms, visiting locations from key scenes in Game of Thrones® and absorbing the wild beauty of a stunning landscape, still relatively unexplored. There may be banquets and boat trips, a chance to see exquisite jewellery from the series and a door carved from the trees of the Kings Road. You can forge your own medieval knife and follow in the footsteps of the Dothraki hordes. Fantasy has never seemed so real!
The Ballygally Castle Hotel faces the soft, sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay.
Ballygally Castle Hotel is offering a Game of Thrones® Afternoon Tea which will delight fans of t
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The Hot Milk Forge
Eamonn Higgins is reviving the ancient craft of blacksmithing amidst the unspoilt beauty of Glenravel. Join him to take up your own anvil, forge and hammer to craft traditional blades or a longbow straight out of Game of Thrones.
Steensons in Glenarm are makers of exquisite jewellery. You can browse their range of hand-crafted jewellery in their showroom, or enter their studio and watch their artists at work.
Carnlough Bay Boat Tours
Meet Davy Smyth, a third generation fisherman in the quaint village of Carnlough, nestled between the rolling hills of the Glens of Antrim and the sea.
Medieval conflicts of the Glens and Causeway Coast, giving way to an 18th-century elegance that transformed this achingly beautiful site into one of the treasures of Northern Ireland.