Game of Thronesing in Northern Ireland

dark-hedges-4

The Dark Hedges (aka “The Kingsroad” in Game of Thrones)

During my 5-day stay in Dublin, despite how much I loved this lively city full of the friendliest people I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet, I decided to take advantage of my proximity to Northern Ireland, UK.

After a long evening spent partaking in the extreme nightlife offered in Temple Bar, I was boarded a coach at the ungodly hour of 6 a.m., and our bus full of bleary eyed adventurers took off for a full day of exploration to some of the most gorgeous natural sites in the world.

What will be of no surprise to Game of Thrones fans, many of these landscapes have also played host to film crews for the massively popular show, whose location scouts seek out the most wondrous, beautiful, and remote places on earth: Iceland, Croatia, and Morocco, to name a few. The vast majority of the show’s filming takes place in Northern Ireland, and after visiting there, I can see why — there is staggering beauty literally everywhere you turn.

Continue reading