LAND ROVER TOUR:
BELFAST WINTERFELL ROUTE

THIS TOUR VISITS LOCATIONS SOUTH OF BELFAST

 

This private tour departs Belfast toward the beautiful wetlands of Strangford Lough. We will take you to:

  1. Old Castle Ward – the original film location of Winterfell Castle in season 1
  2. Audley’s Castle – location of Walder Grey’s Twins and the Trident in the Riverlands
  3. Quoile River Pondage – a pontoon where Blackfish Tully fires a flaming arrow into Hoster Tully’s funeral boat
  4. Inch Abbey – a ruined 12th century abbey where Robb Stark’s bannermen pledge fealty to the King in the North
  5. Tollymore Forest – a beautiful old growth forest where the Night’s Watch find bodies in the snow and the Starks discover a dead direwolf and her pups.

On this tour you can also visit some of the world famous Game of Thrones® doors, carved into 200 year old fallen beech trees from the Dark Hedges. You also visit the spectacular 12th century Norman fortress of Dundrum Castle and climb the spiral staircase in the keep. This tour may also contain surprise guests – but no spoilers!

Price for 2018

£450 for the full day*

 

*Entrance fees are not included in this £450 transport service price. Entrance fees on this route could include Castle Ward Estate and Tollymore Forest Park.

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SAMPLE ITINERARY

 

THIS TOUR VISITS LOCATIONS SOUTH OF BELFAST

 

09:00 Departure from your hotel

Travel south past Scrabo Tower and down the Ards peninsula to Portaferry.

10:15 Ferry across ‘the Narrows’

Ferry ride from Portaferry to Strangford, across the mouth of Strangford Lough. The name Strangford is derived from Old Norse Strangr-fjǫrðr, meaning ‘strong fjord’, describing the fast-flowing narrows at its mouth. If the ferry is cancelled due to bad weather, the coach will take a different route to Winterfell.

10:30 Morning trek at Winterfell (3km)

Visit to Castle Ward Estate. There are nine Game of Thrones® film locations on site, all close together. A 16th century castle and stableyard is the film location of Winterfell. Nearby, on the wooded shores of Strangford Lough, a 15th century Tower House (small castle) served as one of Walder Frey’s Twins and as the location of Robb’s Camp in the Riverlands. Other classic scenes filmed nearby include the spot where Brienne of Tarth dispatched three Stark bannermen and where Tyrion and Bronn were ambushed by the Stone Crows of the Vale.

12:15 Lunch in the port of Strangford.

On the coach trip from Belfast to Winterfell, we pass around a menu for pre-ordering hot food at The Cuan, see www.thecuan.com, a pub on the village square in the port of Strangford. Alternatively, you can bring your own lunch or get a sandwich in the local MACE store. Lunch is not included in the ticket price.

14:00 Inch Abbey: King in the North

Photo stop at the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey where Catelyn and Robb hear terrible news from King’s Landing, and Robb’s bannermen pledge fealty to him as the ‘King in the North’. For those who want to get fully immersed in the mood of the North, in the trunk of the coach there are plenty of Northern cloaks and Stark shields, helms and swords.

15:00 Afternoon Trek in Tollymore Forest (3km)

Arrival at Tollymore Forest Park. This forest park, covering 630 hectares (1,600 acres) was used as the backlot for many key scenes, including where Wills finds the dismembered bodies in the snow, Tyrion and Jon’s campfire on their journey north to the wall, and the bridge where the Starks discover a dead direwolf and her pups.

16:45 Depart Tollymore for Belfast

The tour concludes with a scenic drive through the Mourne mountains, source of inspiration for the world of Narnia as imagined by C.S. Lewis, before turning from Hilltown toward Banbridge and Belfast. We watch an episode of Game of Thrones on the last stretch of road to Belfast.

17:30 Arrive back at your hotel in Belfast