3 Day Game of Thrones Riding Experience
3 Day Game of Thrones Riding Experience
|At a Glance:||3 Day Game of Thrones Riding Experience|
|Description:||Our 3 day package is the complete Game of Thrones riding experience. Ride at the Kings Road, Slavers bay, Storm lands, Fairhead, Lordsport Harbour, Pyke, Dragonstone, Saltpans, Stormlands, Renly’s camp, Dothraki Sea and Dragonstine. Mix this with riding across stunning beaches, iconic coastline and idyllic farmland and you have yourself the experience of a life time.|
|Duration:||3 days, 2 night|
|Includes:||See the details further down the page|
|Optional Add-Ons||Hire of a photographer for the day
Game of thrones themed banquet at Ballygalley Castle Hotel
Ride in the footsteps of your favourite characters, bring the stories of the show to life and enjoy top quality horse riding on the Causeway Coast. This offering is the complete package for those fans who want an in-depth, authentic and unique tour of our Game of Thrones territory as well as enjoying a top-quality coastal horse riding experience.
Ride at the Dark Hedges which was used as the Kings Road. Walk, trot and canter through the farmlands and the stunning beach that surrounds Ballintoy while following the footsteps of Arya Stark and Theon Greyjoy at Ballintoy harbour which was used as the filming location for the Isle of Pyke. Navigate your way along the coastline to Larrybane and the very spot where Brienne beats Ser Loras and is given a place in Renly’s Kingsguard. Cast your eyes over the Dothraki Sea where Drogon was found, reuniting with Dany and bringing her back to Meereen for her conquest and explore Mussenndun temple which is the setting of the enigmatic Dragonstone.
Lead your group of horses through the serene pastures of Murlough towards Slavers bay and explore the Cushedun caves where Ser Davos Seaworth takes the Red Priestess Melisandre ashore where she gives birth to her shadow baby. This really is an epic 3 Day adventure!
Your day will begin at our centre where you will be welcomed by Danny McKinley and members of the BEI team. Before heading to the stables to meet our horses, we will welcome you into our loft café for tea, coffee and homemade scones before one of our Game of Thrones experts will present an audio-visual presentation showcasing the different filming locations you will be visiting alongside the scenes which were filmed at each place.
We’ll head to the barn for a stable tour and to meet the team of horses and if you wish, you can assist with grooming and tacking. After selecting a horse and a riding assessment we’ll hit the trail, riding out into the wilderness of the North Antrim Hills and taking in the stunning, panoramic views.
Once back at the stables, we will load your horses while you are whisked away to our costumes room to adorn yourself in splendid Game of Thrones themed costumes along with swords and armour. Whether you want to play the role of a beautiful princess or a ferocious warrior is up to you. We will then transport you and your horses to our first stop; The Dark hedges, known better by fans as the Kings Road, the place where Arya Stark, dressed as a boy, escaped from King’s Landing in the company of Yoren of the Night’s Watch, Gendry, and Hot Pie. Dressed in themed costumes, carrying swords, spears and longbows we’ll tread a real Westorosi road, on horseback as lord of the land!
After taking in your surroundings and ensuring you have the perfect picture to take back home, you can set the costumes to one side and get ready to enjoy some top-quality riding. We will transport you and your noble stead to Ballintoy. This single stop on our tour lets you view 8 different Game of Thrones’ scenes and 3 different parts of Westeros. You will walk the same footsteps as Arya Stark, Theon Greyjoy, Gendry, Salladhor Sann, Ser Davos Seaworth, Melisandre and the One True King of Westeros, Lord Stannis Baratheon.
This stop not only offers fantastic photo opportunities with scenery straight out of the show, but we also have the opportunity to enjoy some top-quality trotting and cantering through open farmland and across Whitepark bay. Whitepark bay is a beautiful stretch of pristine beach located on Co. Antrim’s North Coast near the picturesque village of Ballintoy. With a beach so pure it shines for miles (on even the cloudiest of days) it’s the perfect backdrop for a refreshing trot, canter or gallop!
We’ll take our time playing on the beach & in the ocean before cantering over the smooth sands! If we’re lucky the famous “Sunbathing Cattle” will be on the beach basking in the sun’s warmth.
You will spend your time romping and capering along the 3 mile stretch of pristine, resplendent white sand and explore the rolling sand dunes of the area below the backdrop of the rugged surrounding cliff faces which were once home to some of the earliest human settlers in Ireland. Savour the taste of the tantalising sea air, feel the blustering and energising wind on your face and the radiant rays of the Irish sunshine on your back on this invigorating ride.
They say you can’t work a hungry horse, or rider for that matter so as we head across the coastline on route to the Isle of Pyke, we will stop off in the idyllic Red Door café, owned by the McGarrity family, who offer quality wholesome Irish food and home baking which will keep you coming back for more.
Once refreshed its time to mount up and follow in the same footsteps as Arya Stark, Theon Greyjoy, Gendry, Salladhor Sann, Ser Davos Seaworth, Melisandre and the One True King of Westeros, Lord Stannis Baratheon as you meander down the cliff road to the iconic Ballintoy harbour. Ride through this stunning harbour location which was the setting for Theon’s return to the Iron Islands as well as some of the areas around Dragonstone. It was here that Theon first met his sister Yara and was baptised in the name of the drowned god.
Our day continues through the quaint coastal village of Ballintoy towards the iconic Larrybane quarry nestled on the side of the limestones cliffs of the Causeway Coast. Larrybane hosted several key scenes, including where Brienne beats Ser Loras in Renly’s tourney (the melee at Bitterbridge) and is given a place in Renly’s Kingsguard as a reward. King Renly Baratheon also swears to Lady Stark that he will avenge Ned’s death, but meets his end at the hands of Melisandre’s shadow baby; some of the other characters featured here include Margaery, Littlefinger and Ser Davos.
Finish the day off by taking the time to bask in the glory of Brienne as you and your horse look out across the Westerios to Rathlin Island and the Western Isles and highlands of Scotland.
It’s time to bid farewell to your horse and guide for the day as you are transported back to your accommodation with thoughts of the stories, characters, stunning scenery and exhilarating horse riding fresh in your mind. The evening is your own to enjoy some local cuisine or a to get involved in the craic of a local pub. Alternatively, have a look at our out of tack option and let us help you plan the rest of your evening.
Overnight: County Antrim
Enjoy a hearty full Irish breakfast before setting off to begin the next stage of your Game of Thrones riding adventure. Your driver will transport you to the seaside village of Castlerock where tacked horses await. Depending on the high tide times, we will start of riding on Castlerock beach and follow the beach to the adjoining Downhill beach riding on the sand below the towering basalt cliffs and towards the lonely Mussenden Temple regally perched 120-feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired by the Roman Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Rome, Mussenden Temple was used as a summer library for Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol and sits behind the ruins of the Earl’s 18th century home, Downhill House. This iconic and dominating temple doubled as the setting of the enigmatic Dragonstone. It is here that Melisandre burned the effigies of the 7 New God’s and Stannis renounced the God’s of his ancestors, embracing the faith of the Red God instead.
As we round the cliffs and headland arriving on to Downhill beach with its magnificent mountain backdrop, cliff scenery and views across to Scotland & Donegal, we’ll take a swift canter or gallop across miles of flat open beach crossing the river on to Benone strand, with miles of more sand beach to cover before we arrive at Magilligan Point from where the ferry leaves to take vehicles and foot passenger across Lough Foyle to Co Donegal. We will tie up our horses and stop for some refreshments at the Point Inn before riding back across the golden sands, through sand dunes stopping to view the waterfalls cascading of the majestic cliffs of Bennnevanagh mountain.
We’ll leave the beach and, after a brief hill climb, with panoramic views of ocean and land, will sneak through the Bishops Gate, which was once the entrance to Downhill House towards the seaside town of Castlerock. We’ll stop for lunch at a local coffee shop & restaurant, Crusoe’s, renowned for its unique Panini’s and homemade soups, to rest & recharge before heading out again.
At this point, we’ll transport the horses to Bennnevenagh mountain and work off lunch with a leisurely ride through the forest to Bennevannagh Lake, high up on the plateau. The awe-inspiring Antrim Plateu offers panoramic views and because of this stunning scenery, it appeared as the Dothraki Grasslands in season five when Daenerys Targaryen was rescued by her dragon, as she was fleeing from the Sons of the Harpy in the fighting pits of Meereen.
As you ride back through the forests towards Dragonstine and your day is coming to an end, immerse yourself in the stories of your favourite characters, take in the beauty of the surrounding area and leave with a stronger connection to the characters, the land you have ridden through and the people you have met along the way.
Overnight: County Antrim
Today, Horses and riders are transported to Fairhead, NI’s tallest cliff face, rising 600ft above sea level on the Causeway Coast. Once saddled, we will ride across the farmland and through the area which was used to film parts of Season Seven, 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.
Your day will continue as you ride along the scenic back roads towards Murlough Bay. This secluded bay is hailed as one of the most beautiful places in the Emerald Isle and so it is no wonder that this haven boasts 3 different scenes from the series. Relive, what was meant to be, Theon’s triumphant homecoming, Jorah and Tyrion’s capture by slavers in Essos and the fated meeting between Stannis and Renly way back in season 2.
The bay itself, is sheltered from the North west winds blowing in off the sea and here you will find trees flourishing on the grassy slopes running down to the sea which provide a haven for the wild deer which room across its pasture.
You can’t work a hungry horse, or rider so that matter so it’s time to fuel up. While you are eating, you horse will be transported to an old disused stage coach track where you will soon join them. This was once the old coach road to Cushendun in the Glens of Antrim which rides past the mystical Loughareema, known locally as the Vanishing Lake. This area is surrounded by myths and legends and your guide will take the time to regal these stories to you.
We will follow the old coach road through the hills into the Glen of Glendun, one of the famed Nine Glens of Antrim. We’ll follow the Glendun River (that’s sometimes meandering and other times a raging torrent) as we make our way to the picturesque village of Cushendun, viewing stunning fauna & flora, riding through ash and hazel in this beautiful Glen characterized by bright green rowans, purple heather and soaring birds of prey.
Riding on Cushendun strand we will pass the ruins of Carra Castle before making our way to the famous Cushendun Caves—an impressive system of caves formed over 400-million years ago. More recently, the caves doubled as the caves of ‘Storm’s End’. In season 2 the Game of Thrones crew filmed the dramatic scene here in which Ser Davos Seaworth (the Onion Knight), on the orders of Lord Stannis, reluctantly takes the Red Priestess Melisandre ashore where she gives birth to a shadow baby, the shadow which later assassinates King Renly Baratheon.
An unusual character of Cushendun is “Johann the Goat”, a bronze sculpture situated close to the mouth of the River Dun. Johann lived in the harbour area for many years, grazing the riverbanks and welcoming visitors bearing apples or carrots. In 2001, he was the last animal to be culled during the foot and mouth outbreak. His statue remains a memorial to the farmers in the district who lost their livestock. Today, another goat carries on Johann’s tradition and can be seen resting beneath the feet of Johann’s sculpture or grazing along the banks.
As your Game of Thrones adventure comes to an end, its time to bid farewell to your BEI guide and trusted stead who has shared this adventure with you. You will be transported back to your accommodation with pictures and memories of a truly epic real-life Game of Thrones adventure.
What’s included in the Trip:
Locations where we ride:
Filming locations audio-visual presentation with tea and scones on arrival
Lunch, Riding at Kings Road, Stormlands
Slavers bay, Fairehead, Lordsport Harbour, Pyke, Dragonstone, Saltpans, Stormlands, Renly’s camp, Dothraki Sea and Dragonstine filming locations
Downhill, Cushendun and Whitepark bay Beach riding
Riding through Irish farmland
Incredible photo opportunities
Sheans Equestrian Centre
Dark Hedges (Kings Road)
Ballintoy Harbour (Isle of Pyke)
Larrybane Quarry (Renly’s Camp)
Mussenndun Temple (Dragonstone)
Binevenagh (Dothraki Sea)
Murlough Bay (Slavers bay)
Cushendun caves (Stormlands)