If you follow any of my social media channels and didn’t pick up that over the past 5 days I have been exploring Northern Ireland, then you must have been living under a rock. I have just returned from a seriously EPIC press trip exploring Game Of Thrones Territory. I don’t use the word epic lightly but it describes the trip perfectly.
I will be writing at least one comprehensive post about the trip within the next few weeks but I felt the urge to share a little teaser about my trip because it was just too good to hold it all inside. I also think if you are feeling intrigued… which based on the reactions online I know lots of you are then I recommend that you start looking into booking your Game Of Thrones trips sooner rather than later. When the new season begins I imagine bookings will begin to go a little crazy.
Our trip began at Winterfell. We had the wonderful William as our host and guide for this part of the trip and he put on quite the show for us, the day at Winterfell was fully immersive with costumes and archery as well as medieval banquets.
I enjoyed the costume part of the trip a LOT more than I expected to. I think I was born in the wrong era as I felt so comfortable in these cloaks. My archery skills left a lot to be desired but I hit the board and not anybody around me so that was a bonus.
We had real Winterfell style weather doing our first day and although it left us all a little cold and damp it did lend a certain atmospheric value. What was very amusing was the amount of messages and comments I received on social media asking if I was an extra or telling me that I fit in perfectly. I blame the wild hair.
We met a Dolthraki Slave Master…
And also the now famous Direwolves Summer and Greywind played by Odin and Thor and owned by the Mulhall family.
photo credit: Kimou.co
The next few days were a crazy busy blur of visiting castles and caves, famous doors and outdoor locations for various scenes in the show. It was a slightly surreal experience that I just have to recommend for any GOT fan. It is hard to imagine but you really do become immersed in it, even to the point of calling each other by character names and introducing yourself to strangers by those given names, but that is another story for another day.
Even with all the Game Of Thrones excitement set aside you have some areas of outstanding beauty that you absolutely must check out if you visit Northern Ireland. Giant’s Causeway is of course one of them and the few hours we spent there was probably one of my favourite parts of the trip.We found ourselves a spot, myself, Kim, Pip and Lauren and we just embraced the peace and serenity of the sea and sat amongst the impressive rock formations ( even with all the tourists around there are many hidden spots to be found ).
Photo credit: Kimou.co
I have a LOT more to share with you from our time in Belfast, Portrush and Derry with more information on the direwolves, tours and how to book as well as some recommendations on where to stay and more importantly where to eat and drink coming up on the blog soon. Check out this link if you just cannot wait.
- I was invited on a trip to Northern Ireland as a guest of the Tourist Board.