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Game of Thrones stunning cliffhanger sees Fairhead steal the show

By Staff Reporter

Game Of Thrones fans in Northern Ireland may have had a fuzzy feeling of familiarity watching this week's episode.

During the epic culmination of seven years of plot and character development, a new Co Antrim filming location was seen on screens around the globe - the cliffs of Fairhead.

Known as our tallest cliff face, impressive Fairhead rises 600ft near Ballycastle on the Causeway Coast.

The dramatic scenery - believed to be the biggest expanse of climbable rock in Ireland or Britain - matched the heightened tensions in the latest episode of the HBO drama, which saw Jon Snow, one of the heroes, finally meet Daenerys and her dragons at Dragonstone.

Fairhead has now joined the list of stunning Game Of Thrones filming locations which are publicly accessible across the province, including Larrybane, Murlough Bay and Ballintoy Harbour.

Game Of Thrones attracts millions of viewers, showcasing the natural beauty of Northern Ireland around the globe.

The show also films indoor scenes at Titanic Studios in Belfast.

It has been reported that some 16.1 million people watched the first episode of the seventh - and penultimate - season of the fantasy drama.

Judith Webb, Tourism NI's experience development officer, said there was now an "international hunger" to visit filming locations showcased.

"Game Of Thrones is the biggest TV show in the world and it has been transformative for Northern Ireland as a screen tourism destination," she said.

"There is an international hunger to access the filming locations, providing a huge tourism opportunity.

"But it also gives locals a new reason to get out and explore our beautiful landscape."

She added: "The film locations provide a unique itinerary for the ultimate Northern Ireland staycation."

A series of new walking routes are part of the visitor experience at Fairhead.

Hardy hikers can enjoy breathtakingly beautiful views from the top to Ballycastle, Murlough Bay, Rathlin Island and right across to the Scottish isles.

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