Travel journalists and bloggers from the UK have been taking part in a Game of Thrones themed tour of Northern Ireland this week. The group was invited by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism NI.
In Co. Down, the group explored Tollymore Forest, where the opening scene of season one of Game of Thrones was filmed, as well as the Cistercian ruins at Inch Abbey (Robb Stark’s Camp). They also discovered ‘Winterfell’ at Castle Ward and Audley’s Castle, and took part in a Game of Thrones banquet at The Cuan in Strangford.
On top of all that, the group took a trip along the Causeway Coastal Route, stopping off at various filming locations – including the caves at Cushendun (Stormlands), the harbour at Ballintoy (Lordsport) and the Dark Hedges near Ballymoney (Kingsroad).
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said, “The visit by these leading journalists and bloggers is another important opportunity to highlight our connection with Game of Thrones and to showcase the spectacular scenery of Co. Down and Northern Ireland. Our aim is that the articles they write about the landscapes and locations featured in the series will inspire many more fans in GB to come and explore them for themselves.”
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