Cliffs of Fairhead become latest Northern Ireland location to feature in Game of Thrones
The cliffs of Fairhead in Co Antrim have become the latest Northern Ireland location to feature in Game of Thrones.
Northern Ireland’s tallest cliff face appeared in the most recent episode of the HBO series on Monday night, peaking interest in the area around the globe.
The impressive Fairhead rises 600 feet above sea level near Ballycastle on the Causeway Coast and it’s believed to be the biggest expanse of climbable rock in Britain or Ireland.
HBO filmed parts of season seven at Fairhead, forming the backdrop for much of episode three 'The Queen’s Justice' - which saw Jon Snow finally meet Daenerys and her dragons at Dragonstone, and reunite with Tyrion Lannister.
The cliffs are now added to the list of Game of Thrones filming locations which are publicly accessible across Northern Ireland.
A series of new walking routes are part of the visitor experience at Fairhead, where walkers can enjoy views from the top to Ballycastle, Murlough Bay, Rathlin Island and the Scottish isles.
Other Game of Thrones filming locations nearby include Larrybane, which became Renly Baratheon’s camp in the 'Stormlands.' It’s where Brienne of Tarth was granted her wish to be named to Renly’s Kingsguard.
Meanwhile, Murlough Bay was transformed into 'Slavers Bay' in season five. It’s where slavers captured Tyrion Lannister and Ser Jorah Mormont – and is accessible by foot via a steep winding path.
And further along the Causeway Coast lies one of the show’s most recognisable filming locations, Ballintoy Harbour. It has become synonymous with Pyke and the Iron Islands and was first used for these scenes in the season two episode 'The Night Lands'.
Judith Webb, Tourism NI’s Experience Development Officer, said: “Game of Thrones is the biggest TV show in the world and it has been transformative for Northern Ireland as a screen tourism destination.
“There is an international hunger to access the filming locations, providing a huge tourism opportunity for Northern Ireland. But it also gives locals a new reason to get out and explore our beautiful landscape - the filming locations provide a unique itinerary for the ultimate Northern Ireland staycation.”
Things to do near Fairhead
Visit Game of Thrones Door 6
The Fullteron Arms in Ballintoy is home to one of the 10 intricately crafted Doors of Thrones, created from wood salvaged from fallen trees at the Dark Hedges. For those following the Journey of Doors to complete their passport, Door 6 champions House Targaryen, specifically Drogon – Daenerys’ most aggressive and fearsome dragon.
Hop on the ferry to Rathlin Island
Known as Ireland’s only ‘upside down’ lighthouse, visitors can now explore the unique Rathlin West Lighthouse as part of Irish Lights’ Great Lighthouses of Ireland trail. And you can’t miss a visit to the RSPB Seabird Centre on Rathlin, with binoculars and telescopes on a viewing platform where staff are available to help identify the island’s famous seabirds - including puffins, guillemots and razorbills.
Climb the cliffs of Fairhead
It’s not for the faint-hearted, but Fairhead (also known as Benmore) is often called the “world’s best crag” for a reason. It’s believed to be the biggest expanse of climbable rock in Britain or Ireland and requires physical strength and unfamiliar climbing techniques to scale its mass of dolerite. If you’ve mastered the basics of rock-climbing, then find an instructor on DiscoverNorthernIreland.com who can take you to the next level at Fairhead.
Go wreck-diving with Aquaholics Dive Centre
The Antrim coast is prime wreck-diving territory, with a multitude of boats, ships and a WWII German sub to be found under the sea. This PADI certified centre offers ‘Try a Dive’ sessions in the sea for complete beginners - and can take the more experienced to some fascinating finds. Explore the ancient wrecks and reefs of Rathlin Island, swim with seals along the Causeway Coast or discover caves under the island at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.
Explore Ursa Minor Bakehouse
See behind the scenes at this artisan bakehouse, part of the Économusée, or ‘working museum’, network. Founders Ciara and Dara O hArtghaile discovered delights like sourdough loaves and friands while living for a year in New Zealand and returned home to Ballycastle where they use traditional techniques to hand-mould loaves.
Try Morton's Fish & Chips
This unassuming little hut on the water’s edge attracts huge queues in the summer months. Go now for delicious cod, haddock, sea bass, scallops or scampi that are freshly unloaded in Ballycastle Harbour.
Places to stay nearby
5* Woodleigh Cottage
All the charm of a quintessential Irish cottage in the heart of County Antrim. With a delightful wood burner in the lounge, the scene is set for a romantic and cosy experience.
4* North Coast Country Bed & Breakfast
A modern, tranquil family home nestled in the lush green countryside between Bushmills and Ballycastle. It offers a friendly, personalised service with a quality breakfast.
3* Marine Hotel
The Marine Hotel sits in a prime location, overlooking the picturesque marina and harbour in the seaside town of Ballycastle and only a stone’s throw away from the golden Ballycastle Beach.
For more information on any of the attractions, accommodation or activities listed, visit DiscoverNorthernIreland.com
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