“Being spontaneous I didn’t pass the chance to see the Game of Thrones film locations. It turns out the best epic random road trip adventure I have ever done so far”!
After spending a great week in Killarney, I’m ready for more adventure that Ireland has to offer! I guess its time for a road trip. Actually, my initial plan after Killarney is to catch a train via Dublin then heading to Belfast.
As I am a big fan of Game of Thrones, the famous television series was filmed Up North. So while I’m in the country, it makes sense to squeeze a visit at the film locations. An added bonus I bagged a cheap flights from Belfast back to England.
But then changed instead of catching the train, I was invited for a road trip. A Canadian couple ( Marilou & Eric ) I met in Killarney was heading to Dublin, and being spontaneous I didn’t pass the chance. It turns out the best epic road trip adventure I have ever done so far!
The road trip started in Cork, when the Canadian couple’s friends named Pearl booked an amazing Bed and Breakfast. We arrived late in the evening as we drove towards a private driveway, the surrounding was already dark so we didn’t see much, but it felt like we are arriving in a private ranch.
There are few cars parked when we arrived, the silhouette of the building towering us. It looks like a manor house! As we entered on the foyer and the noticeable grand staircase on the far right, those life size antique portraits hanging on the walls gives away an elegant look at the place.
As we entered on our rooms, the four poster bed as if it’s calling my name to jump in, with the bottle of wine on the side table. What a great surprise and an amazing start for a road trip!
My alarm woke me up the following day, getting up to a flaunting breath taking scenery of the hills by the distant. What a relaxing atmosphere a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
As I wandered down the lounge, the place was oozing with vintage interior designs and stunning architectural features. I found myself lost in the labyrinth of interconnected rooms on my way to the breakfast room. Sumptuous breakfast was waiting for us, and the smell of the freshly brewed coffee has woken me up instantly.
The sun was trying to play hide and seek, while the thick clouds hovering in the skies. Oh well, it’s good we are, just driving towards Dublin. With great company and good soundtracks and a little bit of singing along, the three hours drive suddenly slows down as we reached our exit junction to Dublin City centre.
A visit to Dublin is obviously not complete without experiencing the nightlife scene. A customary visit to the Temple bar is definitely not to be missed! After a bottle of champagne and a couple of pints of Guinness, we dance the night away with Irish music the night was ended up with a fun horse drawn carriage ride around the city.
The following day we headed North Bound following the Game of Thrones film locations! First stop was the Carrick-A-Rede. After purchasing our ticket, we followed the trail to the bridge.
It’s probably 10 minutes walk but it did take us longer as we took so much photos along the way.
Who wouldn’t be mesmerise with the stunning views over looking the bay, every corner is a picture perfect!
History of the Bridge: “The building of the bridge was started over 350 years ago, was built by the local salmon fisherman to link the tiny island of Carrickarede to the main island. Now a days it is managed by National trust and it’s been the main tourist attraction in the area, during the clear day you can enjoy the views of Rathlin Island and Scotland”.
Next stop was the Giant Causeway. Hearing the fascinating myths and legends behind those rock formations, while walking along these basalt rocks was amazing. With the stunning seascape views in contrast to the added dramatic effect of the moody weather, but that didn’t stop our pictorial session. Imagine I was travelling with a Canadian fashion blogger, so hundreds of photos was taken that’s for sure!
Giant Causeway Legend: “According to the myths , there was an Irish giant warrior named Finn MacCool who created his own trail to Scotland with the large block of rock to face his Scottish giant enemy” .
Our last destination was the Dark Hedges was featured as the Kings Way, and since then this place has been popular to Game of Thrones fanatics. Walking along the creepy avenue of intertwined Beech Trees leading towards a private estate. It is so hard to capture the best angle of this place, as there are so many tourist around and cars are driving past.
History of the Dark Hedges: “The private estate owner of the Gracehill House, they initially planted the rows of beech trees , intended to impress their visitor to their driveway towards the mansion house. Now a day, it is considered the most photographed places in the area, it is the major attractions for the Game of Thrones fans”.
Special thanks to Marilou and the gang Eric, Pearl and Janry of Twenty York for this amazing and unforgettable road trip.
“The journey seems far more enjoyable than the destination when shared with amazing strangers, as the laughter echoing through the vastness of astonishing sceneries”.
- If ever you’re travelling solo don’t be afraid to organise a road trip with total strangers. It turns out random road trips are fun and amazing adventure.
If you are planning a visit to the Game of Thrones film locations, I highly suggest to hire a car you have your freedom to visit as many locations as you want without thinking of public transport times.
But If you don’t want the hassle in organising your road trip, you can join the organise trip from Cork, Dublin or Belfast. I don’t have links for this, but you can easily search it online.