Tranquil beauty spot goes medieval in latest Game of Thrones shoot
A lesser known beauty spot in Co Down is being prepared for worldwide fame as it plays its part in one of television's biggest dramas, it can be revealed.
Picturesque Corbet Lough, close to Banbridge, is being transformed into the homestead of House Tully for the global smash hit TV drama Game of Thrones.
Most of the filming for season six of the show is currently taking place in Spain, but keen-eyed Co Down locals have spotted and photographed some construction taking place at Corbet.
The set being built includes the impressive front section of a castle, including a draw bridge on the bank of Corbet Lough.
A series of tents are dotted around the land nearby, indicating a possible battle camp.
A fish is depicted over the castle gate which has led to speculation it is being built as Riverrun, the fictional castle in Game of Thrones which belongs to the Tully family.
Corbet Lough is a 70-acre trout fishery set against the backdrop of the Mourne Mountains, and is popular among angling enthusiasts, but is now set to become yet another pilgrimage site for Game of Thrones fans.
Meanwhile speculation is continuing to grow that show hero Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, has somehow managed to survive a brutal stabbing at the end of the last series.
However, there may be a twist - on Friday the 28-year-old actor was spotted on set in Belfast but not in his usual Night's Watch black attire. Instead he appeared to be dressed in the garb of his father's Stark family.
Season six is expected to be shown on Sky television next year, although the date has not yet been announced.