What to expect – While visiting the Giants Causeway on your trip. Why not indulge in your love for the Game of Thrones series. Besides taking you on a Giant’s Causeway tour, we will do extra stops at locations used in the filming of Game of Thrones, refresh your memory and show you where some scenes were filmed. This tour is perfect for any Game of thrones lover that also want to see the normal tourist attractions but also some of the most spectacular film locations.
*Groups of 12 people or more will not be accepted, even if the group make separate bookings. This is to ensure that everyone else on the bus can enjoy a good time.
0900 Boarding from outside the Top Shop entrance on Chichester Street, leaving at 0900 (This tour actually starts and ends in Dublin. Belfast is the second stop of the tour. If you are planning to go to Dublin on the same day after this tour, you can pay an extra £10 per person to get a ride to Dublin.)
1100 Arrive at the DARK HEDGES and get around 10 – 15 minutes here
Known for being one of the most eye-catching naturally occurring scenes in the world, the Dark Hedges are famous for framing the scene for Arya Stark’s exciting escape to Winterfell. These arching beech trees have remained steadfast for over two centuries waiting for you – don’t let them down! This place was used as the King’s road in the Game of Thrones. When Arya was disguised as Arry the orphan boy, she became friends with Hot Pie and Robbert Baratheon’s bastard son, Gendry, on her way back to Winterfell.
1150 Quick 10-minute photo stop at DUNLUCE CASTLE
Here you will have the opportunity to take a few pictures of the castle ruin that was the inspiration for Harrenhal in the Game of Thrones. This castle ruin built on a cliff is a photographer’s dream and well worth the stop.
1200 Arrive at the GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and get around 1.5 hours here
Hailed by Visit Belfast and Tourism Ireland, the Giants Causeway is a must-see tourist attraction as this breathtaking World Heritage Site is one of the best places to visit in Ireland. At this stop you will enjoy the dramatic scenery and green hills as well as the hexagonal, basalt stone columns that make up the causeway.
Made up of approximately 40,000 basalt columns, the Giant’s Causeway is said to have been created by a volcanic eruption. Although it technically reaches right to Scotland, it can only be seen properly from the coast of Northern Ireland.
You will also get to learn some of the local folklore – such as the tale of our namesake – Finn McCool! This Irish giant had a bone to pick with an enemy – a giant known as Benandonner. Finn tore up all of the earth from Ireland to Scotland, to create a path for him so they could have it out! Benandonner, after losing to Finn, was said to have fled back to Scotland, wrecking the earth as he went, and causing the hexagonal formations that we see today.
1400 Arrive in LARRYBANE and get around 15minutes here
Larrybane is a beautiful disused quarry that has located only a few miles from Ballintoy Harbour, and is surrounded by iconic seafront views. “Larrybane” or “The Ancient White Site,” has quarry walls that are formed out of calcite which would remind one of small white cliffs. This is the location of the site of King Renly Baratheon’s camp. With its clear view of Rathlin Island, it is the perfect spot to take in and photograph both Sheep Island and Bull Point in the distance – that is, if you’re not mourning at the final resting place of King Renly.
Brianne of Tarth won her battle and successfully became Renly’s Kingsguard here. When Lady Catelyn Stark came to ask Renly to help Robb Stark, Larrybane was also used. Since it was also the same time when Petyr Baelish, the Little Finger, was visiting Renly, Catelyn and Lord Baelish also had a few scenes here.
In one of the Season 6’s trailers, there is a clear shot of the Pyke’s soldiers marching through Larrybane with the beautiful view of the Sheep Island. We will soon find out what happened.
1430 Arrive in BALLINTOY HARBOUR, get around 40 minutes here
The location for Theon Greyjoy’s return to the Iron Islands, this small coastal village is one of the most pretty and picturesque on the island. Ballintoy, or “raised beach” was also used for exterior Pyke shots in the Game of Thrones TV series. In the presence of Balon and Yara Greyjoy and the other Ironborn, the baptism of Theon to reaffirm his allegiance to the God of the Sea was filmed here. Sadly for Balon, this is also the place for his burial.
1530 Arrive at CUSHENDUN CAVES, spend around 20 minutes here.
Beside the Glendun river lies the breathtakingly beautiful village of Cushendun. Nestled in the Glens of Antrim, this tiny village looks like a scene in a storybook! However just around the corner you will find the dark caves, where, in front of a surprised Ser Davos Seaworth the Onion Knight, Melisandre gave birth to a shadow assassin. This shadow with the face of Stannis Baratheon, killed Renly Baratheon in front of Brianne of Tarth. Convert to the Lord of Light today so when you are here you won’t be scared by the creepiness of the caves, for the night is dark and full of terrors…
1600 We will now start heading back to Belfast, taking an off the beaten path that winds through the GLENS OF ANTRIM
No other tour company will take you on a route going over the Glens of Antrim, you will enjoy a spectacular view of Glenariff, the queen of the glens, while travelling through the valleys on the side of Glendun, this is the most scenic route of the day.
1800 Back in Belfast
*This tour is independently operated by Finn McCools Tours. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones.
**Please note that all times are approximate. The locations might be visited in a different order, depends on traffic and weather.
9:00 am, 31 Chichester Street, Belfast (outside Top Shop entrance, across the road from Garrick bar)
Around 5:00pm – 6:00pm, near Belfast City Hall
Up to 60 people on board
Guiding in English only
Fair bit of walking involved
Children under 12 not recommended
Packed lunch recommended*
*We do not have any dedicated lunch stop. Restaurants and pubs next to the Giant’s Causeway tend to be a bit overpriced. Also, it would take up the time that you could have spent in exploring the Causeway.
What others say…
“What a fantastic tour. Our tour guide, Tara is so knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions. The tour is set up with a perfect amount of time for each stop. Highly recommend. Our bus driver Danny is great too!” – Corinne W., July 2017