The North Coast has everything from castles to the stunning landscapes of Game of Thrones filming locations, whiskey distilleries, beaches, and UNESCO world heritage sites.
The Dark Hedges – The Dark Hedges is a beautiful avenue of beech trees that were planted in the late 18th century.
For centuries these trees grew to become ever more magnificent, with their winding trunks and branches forming a fantastical tree tunnel, just over half a mile in length. Naturally, such a beautiful location was eventually going to be featured in some kind of TV show or movie, and the Dark Hedges has appeared in both, with Game of Thrones being the most well-known show to be shot here.
Carrick-a rede – The rope bridge connects Northern Ireland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-rede. Local fishermen created the first version of the bridge over 350 years ago to gain access to the island to fish. These days it is used to walk to the island for the thrill of seeing the rocks and water crashing 100 feet beneath your feet.
Ballintoy Harbour – historic fishing harbour of Ballintoy, a short drive from Ballintoy town itself. This harbour stood in as the Iron Islands in Game of Thrones, and it’s not hard to see why the producers chose this location.
The Giant’s Causeway – is one of the most recognisable attractions in Northern Ireland. It’s the only UNESCO world heritage site in Northern Ireland, and is an absolute must-visit when in the area.
Bushmills – This is Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery, with the first license to distil whiskey on this site in 1608
Dunluce Castle- Owned by the MacDonnell family, who today own and live at Glenarm Castle. There has been a castle on this spot since the 13th century, but the present day ruin dates from around the 15th century, which was when it was at the height of its power. It commands an impressive location, with views along the coast and out to sea, making it a very defensible position.