Embark on the Kings’ Road
The makers of HBO’s Game of Thrones® wanted to find an ancient landscape new to the rest of the world. Dramatic cliffs that give way to beautiful valleys. Medieval castles towering over picturesque stone harbours. A surprising countryside that provided a natural setting for savage battles and magical happenings. Mid & East Antrim is just such a place.
It helped that this part of the world still bears the mark of centuries of conflict. Warring clans and invading powers have contested this coast, just as Stark and Lannister vie for the Iron Throne. Legends, folklore and myths still live in the local imagination and have a power every bit as haunting as those of Westeros.
Journey through the authentic world of the Seven Kingdoms, visiting locations from key Game of Thrones® scenes. Absorb the wild beauty of a stunning landscape. Enjoy banquets and boat trips, see exquisite jewellery, and touch a door carved from the trees of the Kings Road. Forge your own medieval knife and follow in the footsteps of the Dothraki hordes. Fantasy has never seemed so real!
- Hike to the windswept escarpments of Cairncastle, where Ned Stark beheaded a Night's Watch deserter, and the Dothraki horde once rode.
- Step into the workshop that creates iconic Game of Thrones® jewellery.
- Craft your own daggers, bows and arrows at a traditional blacksmith's forge.
If you were to visit all the stops on this itinerary, you’d be driving for a total of:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t just stay. Experience
Lighthouse keepers’ houses, 19th-century follies and haunted hotels. It’s only natural that this unique part of the world has some unique places to stay.
Bushcraft at Carnfunnock Country Park
Go back to basics of Paul Moore to learn bushcraft and wilderness living skills to match each season and embrace your inner Bear Grylls.