Remember Theon pre-Reek? Arriving at Pyke to seek an alliance with Balon? That Iron Island port he docked at is actually a far calmer Ballintoy Harbour in County Antrim. Still used by local fishermen and boatmen, it was here Theon was baptised as his sister Yara looked on. The little harbour is a spear’s throw from the iconic Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder on the Causeway Coastal Route.
Speaking of Yara, that horse ride she shared with Theon was filmed 12 miles from here – as the raven flies – at Murlough Bay. Shielded by steep rock walls, the path to the sea is scarred with gnarled trees and even has views across to Scotland. It’s in these Atlantic waters that Ser Davos was rescued following the Battle of the Blackwater and Tyrion and Jorah come ashore on Slavers' Bay, only to be accosted by slavers. Today, its sea vistas and wild headlands are some of the most spectacular views on the north coast.
As you creep into Antrim’s Cushendun Caves, which formed over a period of 400 million years, bear in mind that this is the same spot where Melisandre birthed the shadow assassin. She also burned the old gods on Dragonstone, otherwise known as Downhill Strand in County Londonderry, a scenic beach dominated by the elegant 18th century ruins of Mussenden Temple.
Downhill Strand is far from the only gorgeous beach in Northern Ireland. Portstewart Strand boasts miles of golden sand and this scenic spot is where Jaime and Bronn, disguised as Martell soldiers, approach the gates of the Water Gardens and where the two fight (and kill) some Dornish.
Meanwhile, Quintin Bay in Portaferry, County Down is the spot near Castle Stokeworth in the Crownlands where Jaime Lannister goes to find Bronn and persuade him to accompany him to Dorne.
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