At Finn McCools we endeavour to give you a well-rounded experience of Northern Ireland – taking you to the best and most breathtaking spots in the country, whilst taking you to the locations where the Game of Thrones episodes were filmed. If you are looking for a tour where you can run around with plastic swords, or take pictures next to cardboard cut outs, we are not the right tour you are looking for! Our tour is not a game of thrones tour for dummies where we will be reciting every cheesy line ever mentioned in the Game of Thrones. We are taking you to the most pictured sites in the North and making you feel like you are in the frame, with some insider information from our Measter guides who will show you clips to refresh your memory and show you that we are in the exact spot where filming took place.

DURATION

1 Day

TOUR TYPE

Non-Private (up to 60 people)

MIN. AGE

10

LANGUAGE

English

Difficulty

Medium
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€70 (Adult), €65 (Student), €65 (Child)  €55 (Adult), €55 (Student), €55 (Child)

See Game of Thrones filming places in Northern Ireland while visiting Giant’s Causeway in one day. Our Maesters will take you to Iron Islands, King’s road etc. and explain to you what happened during the filming.

Itinerary

0635 Start boarding outside Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane

0645 Leave Parnell Square North and head to Belfast, on the way our guide will tell you some Irish legends and history.

Quick stop at a service station as a restroom break and for getting snacks and coffee to break up the drive. Occasionally we will also pick up a few more passengers from Belfast.

DARK HEDGES 20 – 30 minutes

The Dark Hedges is an absolutely fantastic phenomena. No tours in Northern Ireland will be complete without seeing this avenue of trees. Known to HBO Game of Thrones fans as the Kings Road featured in the scene where Ayra Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie escaped on their way being transported to Castle Black. It is not very hard to see why the location was chosen. The Dark Hedges has been an absolutely fantastic phenomena that attracts thousands of amateur photographers every year. If you get lucky, you might actually see the grey lady haunting the hedges!

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY 1.5 – 2 hours

A must-see to complete any visit to Ireland. As the “8th wonder of the world”, it should be on your bucket list. Nowhere else in the world will you be able to find this natural phenomena. No wonder it is a UNESCO world heritage site.

As happens a lot in Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway has two explanations. The first being that during the last ice age, roughly around 60 million years ago, there was a volcanic eruption. As the lava cooled down, it formed the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns that would truly blow your mind.

Alternatively, if you believe that the Giant’s Causeway was formed by the legendary giant Finn McCool, here is the explanation. As you probably know, giants can’t swim, so Finn McCool had no other choices but to build the causeway over to Scotland to fight with his rival Benandonner. Unfortunately, after building the causeway as a bridge, he realised Benandonner was a lot bigger than he imagined. Leaving Finn with no choice but running back to Ireland. He did not know what to do, luckily his wife Oonagh came up with a plan that scared Benandonner enough to run back to Scotland, breaking the causeway between Ireland and Scotland. If you want to hear our unique version of the story, you will have to come on our tour!

BALLINTOY HARBOUR Around 1.5 hours

This is truly one of our favourite stops for the entire day. Visiting one of the most beautiful harbours in Ireland. This harbour is so beautiful that the Game of Thrones crew did almost nothing to change it into Pyke Harbour. You will recognize it even without a guide because it’s so phenomenal.

The main scene we will show you here will be Theon Greyjoy’s return after releasing to be a ward from Winterfell. It will truly feel like you are standing in the scene at this filming location. As some added extras, we will also show you where Theon

was baptised after his father decided he is not an Ironborn anymore which by the way is the same location that they use in season 6 for the scene “the drowning and crowning of the new king”. This is only for people that have seen season 6. Again, we do not do spoilers but we will point it out.

On the way down to the harbour, our guide will also stop and show you the rock where the idols were burnt. And again not to do spoilers, our guide will point out that this is where the Greyjoy’s burial happened in season 6, if you see the location you will definitely recognise it.

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.

BELFAST around 1.5 hours

As the city centre itself is very small and compact, 45 minutes is more than enough time to explore the city centre. See interesting things like Titanic Memorial Gardens next to Belfast City Hall, the shopping streets, Belfast entries and some of the modern art in the city. Note that Northern Ireland is part of the UK and uses Pound Sterling.

*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.
*As people don’t want to spend that much time in the cold countryside, when it starts getting cold, we might give a little bit less time at the Giant’s Causeway and add the time onto the Belfast stop.

Pick up
6:45 am, outside Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square N, Dublin 1

Drop off
Around 7:30 pm – 8:30pm, Same place

  • 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.
  • Not suitable for people with limited mobility. A fair bit of walking involved.
  • Not suitable for children under 10. If your child is very used to travelling, please book 1 seat per child and bring your own child seat.

What other travellers say

5 star rating on TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook and other bookings sites

Reviewed by Cleve G
23 Apr 2018
Merrilyn and I had a wonderful day, Gavin & Irial did a wonderful job throughout the day with lots of insight and little side bar tidbits on the sights we took in as well as tying it all into history of the areas that we passed through.
Reviewed by androska78
22 Apr 2018
Our guide Derrick was very fun, or how the irish would say great crack. Yuri was a great driver and the organisation of the trip vas very good.
Reviewed by Vanessa W
22 Apr 2018
This tour was a great way to see some of beautiful Northern Ireland. My friend has never seen Game of Thrones but still really enjoyed seeing the countryside and especially Giant’s Causeway. Our guide Tara was great at giving historical information about Ireland and GOT throughout the entire trip. Our driver, Peter was fantastic as well. There were several stops at various GOT filming sites, Giant’s Causeway and about an hour in Belfast on the way back to Dublin. Definitely pick up some food at the convenience store at the first bathroom break or pack a lunch/snacks for the entire day. You are allowed to eat on the bus and you don’t want to miss out on time seeing the sites trying to fit in eating. Dress comfortably with layers, raincoat and comfortable shoes. Giant’s Causeway was cold, windy and slippery so be prepared. Also, definitely pay for the round trip trolley at the Giant’s Causeway site. You pay the trolley driver directly and can avoid the visitor’s center/gift shop which charges a separate entry fee for the pleasure of shopping. The trolley doesn’t cost much and you won’t waste valuable time hiking down and up to the site. We really enjoyed this trip. Money and time well spent!
Reviewed by Karsten K
21 Apr 2018
We’ve had an awesome trip with our guide Irial and our driver Piotr. Besides a lot of background stories about the country, the people and GoT we’ve seen several breathtaking landscape and other amazing places in Northern Ireland. Definitely worth it every single Euro.
Reviewed by konos314
18 Apr 2018
My husband and I went on the GOT tour while on honeymoon to Ireland. It was fantastic! Tara and Nicoli were just grand. We would highly recommend.
Reviewed by Marie D
18 Apr 2018
All the travel was good and fun.The organisation is very good.The choice of the attractions was appropriate.
Reviewed by Sabb34
18 Apr 2018
Thank you Tara for this amazing trip in Northern Ireland ! You made it very interesting and the boring time in the bus was less boring thanks to her. This Game of Thrones tour was great, we saw and stood on the amazing places from the tv show. Tara told us in details and shows us pictures of what scene and where it was shot. The picnic we improvised on the Giant’s Causeway was great as well. If you’re not afraid of a few hours in bus, that you’re a GoT and amazing landscapes fan, go for that tour !