Norman castles, glacial valleys, Celtic and Christian monuments, and coastal golf courses, Northern Ireland is definitely one of the most picturesque places on earth. And did you know that the country is also home to some of those rare places in the world that you won’t easily forget? If you have watched Game of Thrones (GoT), you have probably seen some of these places in the show.
The Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges is a narrow road tunneled by intertwined beech trees planted in the 18 century by the Stuart family. It was said that the Stuarts wanted to create an unforgettable ride toward their Gracehill House for themselves and their guests.
Today, the trees create an eerie but romantic and atmospheric avenue for walking and cycling. And by the way, the Dark Hedges became the Kingsroad in GoT where one of the Stark’s daughters, Arya, disguised herself as a boy to avoid capture.
The Giant’s Causeway
This tourist attraction is famed around the world for its amazing columns of layered basalt created by different periods of volcanic eruption about 60 million years ago.
Legend has it though that the polygonal shaped natural features were carved out by the mighty giant Finn McCool who left behind his ancient home to battle with his Scottish foe Benandonner. Hence, the place was given the name.
The city is one of the oldest cities in Northern Ireland. To this day, it remains an important port and industrial center. It is home to the traditional textile industry, ceramic factories, and chemical and mechanical engineering parts. It’s almost preserved circuit of medieval walls and old buildings are a sight to see.
Tollymore Forest Park
This 600-hectare land boasts of ancient redwoods and Gothic stone arches (or what remained of an 18th century estate). It has made its mark in the GoT as the Haunted Forest where the White Walkers began their march into the land of men.
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Spanning 20 meters long and 30 meters above from the rocks below, this famous bridge near Ballintoy in Antrim County, links the mainland to the island of Carrickarede. The island is home to basking sharks, dolphins, porpoises, and seabirds, so those brave enough to cross the rope bridge will be awarded the best views.
Photos by: Paul Bowman, Sean MacEntee, Channing Brown, David Jones