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This three-day package is the complete Game of Thrones riding experience. Ride at the Kings Road, Slavers Bay, Stormlands, Fairhead, Lordsport Harbor, Pyke, Dragonstone, Saltpans, Stormlands, Renly’s camp, and Dothraki Sea. Mix this with riding across stunning beaches, iconic coastline, and idyllic farmland and you have yourself the experience of a lifetime!
You will be staying at bed and breakfasts in County Antrim. The room options are shared double or twin; if you want a room for yourself, a single supplement charge will be applied per night.
Ride in the footsteps of your favorite characters, bring the stories of the show to life, and enjoy top quality horse riding on the Causeway Coast. This offering is the complete package for those fans who want an in-depth, authentic, and unique tour of the Game of Thrones territory, as well as enjoying a top-quality coastal horse riding experience.
Ride at the Dark Hedges which was used as the Kings Road. Walk, trot, and canter through the farmlands and the stunning beach that surrounds Ballintoy while following the footsteps of Arya Stark and Theon Greyjoy at Ballintoy Harbor which was used as the filming location for the Isle of Pyke.
Navigate your way along the coastline to Larrybane and the very spot where Brienne beats Ser Loras and is given a place in Renly’s Kingsguard. Cast your eyes over the Dothraki Sea where Drogon was found, reuniting with Dany and bringing her back to Meereen for her conquest, and explore Mussenden Temple which is the setting of the enigmatic Dragonstone.
Lead your group of horses through the serene pastures of Murlough towards Slavers bay and explore the Cushedun caves where Ser Davos Seaworth takes the Red Priestess Melisandre ashore where she gives birth to her shadow baby. This really is an epic three-day adventure!
Your day will begin at the center where you will be welcomed by Danny McKinley and members of the BEI team. Before heading to the stables to meet the horses, you will be welcomed into the loft café for tea, coffee, and homemade scones before one of the Game of Thrones experts will present an audio-visual presentation showcasing the different filming locations you will be visiting alongside the scenes which were filmed at each place.
You’ll head to the barn for a stable tour and to meet the team of horses and if you wish, you can assist with grooming and tacking. After selecting a horse and a riding assessment, you’ll hit the trail, riding out into the wilderness of the North Antrim Hills and taking in the stunning, panoramic views.
Once back at the stables, you will load your horses while you are whisked away to the costumes room to adorn yourself in splendid Game of Thrones-themed costumes along with swords and armor. Whether you want to play the role of a beautiful princess or a ferocious warrior is up to you. You will then be transported with your horse to your first stop, The Dark Hedges, known better by fans as the Kings Road, the place where Arya Stark, dressed as a boy, escaped from King’s Landing in the company of Yoren of the Night’s Watch, Gendry, and Hot Pie.
Dressed in themed costumes, carrying swords, spears, and longbows, you’ll tread a real Westorosi road, on horseback as lord of the land! After taking in your surroundings and ensuring you have the perfect picture to take back home, you can set the costumes to one side and get ready to enjoy some top-quality riding.
You will be transported and your noble steed to Ballintoy. This single stop on your tour lets you view eight different Game of Thrones’ scenes and three different parts of Westeros. You will walk the same footsteps as Arya Stark, Theon Greyjoy, Gendry, Salladhor Sann, Ser Davos Seaworth, Melisandre, and the One True King of Westeros, Lord Stannis Baratheon.
This stop not only offers fantastic photo opportunities with scenery straight out of the show but you will also have the opportunity to enjoy some top-quality trotting and cantering through open farmland and across Whitepark Bay. Whitepark Bay is a beautiful stretch of pristine beach located on County Antrim’s North Coast, near the picturesque village of Ballintoy.
With a beach so pure, it shines for miles (on even the cloudiest of days), it’s the perfect backdrop for a refreshing trot, canter, or gallop! Take your time playing on the beach and in the ocean before cantering over the smooth sands! If you’re lucky, the famous “Sunbathing Cattle” will be on the beach basking in the sun’s warmth.
You will spend your time romping and capering along the three-mile stretch of pristine, resplendent white sand and explore the rolling sand dunes of the area below the backdrop of the rugged surrounding cliff faces which were once home to some of the earliest human settlers in Ireland.
Savor the taste of the tantalizing sea air, feel the blustering and energizing wind on your face and the radiant rays of the Irish sunshine on your back on this invigorating ride. They say you can’t work a hungry horse or rider, for that matter, so as you head across the coastline en route to the Isle of Pyke, you will stop off in the idyllic Red Door café, owned by the McGarrity family, who offer quality wholesome Irish food and home baking which will keep you coming back for more.
Once refreshed, its time to mount up and follow in the same footsteps as Arya Stark, Theon Greyjoy, Gendry, Salladhor Sann, Ser Davos Seaworth, Melisandre, and the One True King of Westeros, Lord Stannis Baratheon, as you meander down the cliff road to the iconic Ballintoy harbor.
Ride through this stunning harbor location which was the setting for Theon’s return to the Iron Islands, as well as some of the areas around Dragonstone. It was here that Theon first met his sister Yara and was baptized in the name of the drowned god. Your day continues through the quaint coastal village of Ballintoy towards the iconic Larrybane quarry nestled on the side of the limestones cliffs of the Causeway Coast.
Larrybane hosted several key scenes, including where Brienne beats Ser Loras in Renly’s tourney (the melee at Bitterbridge) and is given a place in Renly’s Kingsguard as a reward. King Renly Baratheon also swears to Lady Stark that he will avenge Ned’s death but meets his end at the hands of Melisandre’s shadow baby; some of the other characters featured here include Margaery, Littlefinger, and Ser Davos.
Finish the day off by taking the time to bask in the glory of Brienne as you and your horse look out across Westeros to Rathlin Island and the Western Isles and highlands of Scotland. It’s time to bid farewell to your horse and guide for the day as you are transported back to your accommodation with thoughts of the stories, characters, stunning scenery, and exhilarating horse riding fresh in your mind.
The evening is yours to enjoy some local cuisine or to get involved in the craic of a local pub. Alternatively, have a look at the out of tack options under the things to do section and plan the rest of your evening.
Enjoy a hearty full Irish breakfast before setting off to begin the next stage of your Game of Thrones riding adventure. Your driver will transport you to the seaside village of Castlerock where tacked horses await. Depending on the high tide times, you will start off riding on Castlerock Beach and follow the beach to the adjoining Downhill Beach, riding on the sand below the towering basalt cliffs and towards the lonely Mussenden Temple regally perched 120-feet above the Atlantic Ocean.
Inspired by the Roman Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Rome, Mussenden Temple was used as a summer library for Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol and sits behind the ruins of the Earl’s 18th century home, Downhill House. This iconic and dominating temple doubled as the setting of the enigmatic Dragonstone. It is here that Melisandre burned the effigies of the 7 New Gods and Stannis renounced the gods of his ancestors, embracing the faith of the Red God instead.
As you round the cliffs and headland arriving on to Downhill beach with its magnificent mountain backdrop, cliff scenery, and views across to Scotland & Donegal, you’ll take a swift canter or gallop across miles of flat open beach, crossing the river on to Benone strand with miles of more sand beach to cover before you arrive at Magilligan Point from where the ferry leaves to take vehicles and foot passengers across Lough Foyle to County Donegal.
Tie up your horse and stop for some refreshments at the Point Inn before riding back across the golden sands through sand dunes, stopping to view the waterfalls cascading off the majestic cliffs of Bennnevanagh mountain. You’ll leave the beach and after a brief hill climb with panoramic views of ocean and land, will sneak through the Bishops Gate, which was once the entrance to Downhill House towards the seaside town of Castlerock.
You’ll stop for lunch at a local coffee shop and restaurant, Crusoe’s, renowned for its unique paninis and homemade soups, to rest and recharge before heading out again. At this point, you’ll transport the horses to Bennnevenagh mountain and work off lunch with a leisurely ride through the forest to Bennevannagh Lake, high up on the plateau.
The awe-inspiring Antrim Plateau offers panoramic views and because of this stunning scenery, it appeared as the Dothraki Grasslands in season five when Daenerys Targaryen was rescued by her dragon as she was fleeing from the Sons of the Harpy in the fighting pits of Meereen.
As you ride back through the forests towards Dragonstone and your day is coming to an end, immerse yourself in the stories of your favorite characters, take in the beauty of the surrounding area, and leave with a stronger connection to the characters, the land you have ridden through, and the people you have met along the way.
Today, horses and riders are transported to Fairhead, North Ireland’s tallest cliff face, rising 600 feet above sea level on the Causeway Coast. Once saddled, you will ride across the farmland and through the area which was used to film parts of Season Seven, forming the backdrop for much of Episode Three, “The Queen’s Justice”, which saw Jon Snow finally meet Daenerys and her dragons at Dragonstone, and reunite with Tyrion Lannister.
Your day will continue as you ride along the scenic back roads towards Murlough Bay. This secluded bay is hailed as one of the most beautiful places in the Emerald Isle and so it is no wonder that this haven boasts three different scenes from the series. Relive, what was meant to be, Theon’s triumphant homecoming, Jorah and Tyrion’s capture by slavers in Essos, and the fated meeting between Stannis and Renly way back in season two.
The bay itself is sheltered from the northwest winds blowing in off the sea and here you will find trees flourishing on the grassy slopes running down to the sea which provides a haven for the wild deer which room across its pasture. You can’t work a hungry horse or rider, so for that matter, it’s time to fuel up.
While you are eating, your horse will be transported to an old disused stagecoach track where you will soon join them. This was once the old coach road to Cushendun in the Glens of Antrim which rides past the mystical Loughareema, known locally as the Vanishing Lake. This area is surrounded by myths and legends and your guide will take the time to regal these stories to you.
You will follow the old coach road through the hills into the Glen of Glendun, one of the famed Nine Glens of Antrim. You’ll follow the Glendun River (that’s sometimes meandering and other times a raging torrent) as you make your way to the picturesque village of Cushendun, viewing stunning fauna and flora, riding through ash and hazel in this beautiful Glen characterized by bright green rowans, purple heather, and soaring birds of prey.
Riding on Cushendun strand, you will pass the ruins of Carra Castle before making your way to the famous Cushendun Caves, an impressive system of caves formed over 400 million years ago. More recently, the caves doubled as the caves of "Storm’s End". In season two.
The Game of Thrones crew filmed the dramatic scene here in which Ser Davos Seaworth (the Onion Knight), on the orders of Lord Stannis, reluctantly takes the Red Priestess Melisandre ashore where she gives birth to a shadow baby, the shadow which later assassinates King Renly Baratheon.
An unusual character of Cushendun is “Johann the Goat”, a bronze sculpture situated close to the mouth of the River Dun. Johann lived in the harbor area for many years, grazing the riverbanks and welcoming visitors bearing apples or carrots. In 2001, he was the last animal to be culled during the foot and mouth outbreak. His statue remains a memorial to the farmers in the district who lost their livestock.
Today, another goat carries on Johann’s tradition and can be seen resting beneath the feet of Johann’s sculpture or grazing along the banks. As your Game of Thrones adventure comes to an end, its time to bid farewell to your BEI guide and trusted steed who has shared this adventure with you. You will be transported back to your accommodation with pictures and memories of a truly epic real-life Game of Thrones adventure.
You don't have to bring your own tack and equipment. BEI has their own tack, they will saddle fit you during the assessment tour on the day of or before the trek. You are encouraged to bring your riding clothes like a helmet, boots, and gloves. BEI can provide a riding helmet if you don’t want to hassle with packing one. You are welcome to bring your own saddle but be aware, if it doesn’t fit the horse properly, you will not be able to use it, their horse’s comfort is a top priority for them.
BEI's stable is filled with over 40 quality Irish-bred horses and ponies, Irish Cobs, Irish Drafts, Sport Horses, and Connemaras. Bred for their gentle temperament, the horses are fit and surefooted which provides a safe and comfortable ride. Based on your physical height, weight, and ride preference, the dedicated team can expertly match you to your mount for your holiday.
Advanced riders will not be bored with the trail rides. Filled with adventure and history, BEI's signature coastal treks are tailored for intermediate to experienced riders, over the course of your holiday, you’ll gallop across sandy beaches, ford streams, and rivers and climb mountains and hills.
BEI tailor each trek to guests’ riding ability. Treks and itineraries will be discussed during the consultation calls. To get an idea of your riding ability:
A rider with little or no experience (walking only). A novice is a rider who is comfortable and in control at the walk and rising trot.
A rider who is confident and in control in all paces (including posting/rising trots, two point canters, and gallops) but does not ride regularly.
Rides regularly, comfortable in the saddle for at least six hours per day, confident, and in control of a forward moving horse in the open country and beaches.
The daily treks are approximately seven hours in length. You will stop to eat, rest the horses, and explore unique places along the way. Riders can expect to spend about four to five hours a day in the saddle. The treks include walking and trotting with galloping or cantering opportunities on wide-open beaches, open countryside, and off-road tracks.
As any equestrian knows, riding is a risk sport. BEI has taken every precaution possible to avoid unfortunate accidents or incidents. During the ride, there will be a support team that follows behind or meets the group at designated locations throughout the day, as well as ensuring clear roads when necessary.
BEI has access to a transport vehicle at any time if an emergency arises. The riding guides travel with a cellphone and will not hesitate to summon aid if and when required, unlikely, as this is due to the temperament of the horses and the alertness of the staff.
Bespoke Equestrian Ireland is located in County Antrim on the breathtaking north coast of Northern Ireland.
Daily breakfast and lunch are included in the package.
Allow BEI's dedicated team of tourism experts to further enhance your trip to Ireland by opening up their country to you. BEI can help you plan itineraries to suit all members of your group whether it be helping you plan your activities to do in the evening or on the days you are not riding. BEI can also put together full itineraries for those members of your group who will not be riding but want to explore this country while you are enjoying your riding experience.
Ireland itself is one of the world’s leading tourism destinations and Northern Ireland is seen as an emerging tourism market. The dedicated team of experts are working on the ground and will use their knowledge and expertise to ensure you and your group have a truly unique and memorable experience in Ireland. For help and advice on itineraries, please get in touch.
The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre specializes in experiential Irish tourism and offers the opportunity to delve into Irish culture, heritage, and history. The center provides workshops in language, dance, traditional music, Scots/Irish genealogy, traditional crafts, and the clan history of the Causeway Coast in the 16th century.
The center offers a unique brand of quality tourism where visitors meet local people and experience authentic traditional hospitality in the local community and culture. More than just a visit, it’s an experience.
Relive the epic story of the Irish Clans who ruled Ireland up to the 16th century and become immersed in authentic Irish experiences. The experience focuses on the mighty McDonnell clan who ruled the land around the Causeway Coast and the Western Isles of Scotland. Bring your onward journey on the Causeway Coast to life with this true to life Game of Thrones story, told through the eyes of their famous chieftain Sorley Boy McDonnell.
Experience the stunning north coast from the air! Enjoy the thrill of a helicopter flight while taking in iconic sights along the coast, such as Mussenden Temple, Dunluce Castle, The Giant’s Causeway, Ballintoy’s Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and more. It goes without saying your photos will be epic!
Take in the dramatic and breathtaking north coast scenery on a half or full-day yacht tour. Experienced local captains navigate the rugged coastlines of the Giant’s Causeway, Rathlin Island, Donegal, or Scotland, telling the tales and history that surround them.
Ireland is famous for its plentiful and challenging golf courses. Northern Ireland offers some of the best golf in the world, from Lough Erne to Royal County Down or Royal Portrush to Castlerock or Porstewart, spend a day (or more) playing on one of the beautiful courses. After your round, carry on to the equally famous 19th hole!
North Antrim is not all rugged coastal beauty; this area is home to a series of special gardens all with unique and individual offerings, it’s a gardener’s paradise! Take a tour that showcases some of the best gardens in Ireland, Antrim Castle Gardens, Glenarm Castle Estate, Ballyrobert Cottage Garden, Benvarden Garden, Carnfunnock Garden, Greenmount Walled Garden, and Kilcoan Garden.
Unwind or recharge at a luxury estate country spa. Set within 163-acres of lush parkland, with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the expansive estate, you’ll spend a full or half day being pampered, leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated. Enjoy a unique Celtic Sauna treatment, award-winning facials, or a range of full body massages.
Catch a morning ferry from the harbor of Ballycastle to Islay, Scotland, where you’ll spend the day visiting Islay Woolen Mills or famous distilleries such as Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Bowmore. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the many award-winning local restaurants before returning late afternoon.
Take a step back in time to learn the tumultuous history of Dunluce Castle and its former occupants. Guided by a renowned local historian, you’ll hear fascinating tales beginning with the MacQuillans to the MacDonnells, the Battle of the Boyne, and the castle’s unfortunate demise in the late 1600s.
Experience the fantastic Causeway coast on a guided six-mile walk along some of the best cliff-top views Europe has to offer! Your friends will be green with envy of your photos captured along this one-of-a-kind walk.
Steeped in history and charm, take a guided tour of the picturesque coastal village of Glenarm. A local guide will introduce village shop owners and locals, while telling the history of this quaint village, before heading to the Glenarm Castle estate for a stroll through the walled gardens and lunch at the castle’s tearoom.
Watch an Irish dance exhibition by the Loughgiel School of Irish Dance. Founded in 1978, these talented Irish dancers won the World Dance Championship in Llangollen, Wales in 2015. Their hard work and passion is evident in their magnificent performances, truly an experience to watch!
Spend the day on a guided expedition of the north coast near Portrush Harbour or River Kayak down the scenic River Bann.
Old Bushmills in County Antrim is Ireland’s oldest working whiskey distillery; watch whiskey making take place and enjoy a wee taster too. Experience a guided tour of Ireland’s only “grain to glass” distillery and discover some of their trade secrets learned over 400 years of distilling.
Take a scenic tour (guided or on your own) of the Causeway Coast onboard an electric bike! Electric bikes give a bit of "oomph" and make cycling easier and faster; tackling a hill is no problem. Immerse yourself in the culture and natural beauty of the area, observing details that other tourists miss behind the wheel of a car! This is a great way to see and experience the north coast! E-bikes, regular bikes, and mountain bikes are available for daily hire.
Looking for something unique and adventurous? Coasteering is the sport or activity of exploring the rocky coastline by climbing, jumping, and swimming, a perfectly unique way to experience the northern coastline in a thrilling way! All levels of fitness are welcome.
The north coast is filled with folklore, culture, and history. Spend the day with a top, local historian on a private guided tour where you’ll learn more about this fascinating region. Irish history, stunning coastlines, nature, amazing photographs; it’s all right here in this tour.
Historian, author, world-famous realist painter, and descendent of one the most distinguished families on the north coast, the youngest son of the thirteenth Earl and Countess of Antrim, Mr. McDonnell grew up in Glenarm Castle before leaving to study history at Eton and Oxford. Spend an evening with this fascinating storyteller and historian, learning about the McQuillan and McDonnell history, Dunluce Castle, and the great chieftain, Sorely Boy MacDonnell.
Head to Belfast for the day to experience everything this renaissance city has to offer! From tours of Titanic to the Royal Botanical Garden, shopping at St. George’s Market or a famous Black Taxi, or Crumlin Road Gaol, tour, Belfast has something to offer everyone. End the day with a fabulous meal from a number of great city restaurants before heading to the famed Grand Opera House to take in a play or concert.
Make your way to key locations along the spectacular Causeway Coast and Glens that represent everything from The Iron Islands (Ballintoy Harbour) to the King’s Road (Dark Hedges), Dragonstone (Downhill Strand) or the Stormlands (Cushendun Caves). Ireland’s rugged coastlines, historic castles, and breathtaking scenery make it the perfect setting for this epic story. For serious Game of Thrones fan, this tour can be on horseback in full costume.
The perfect foodie experience! This guided food tour showcases some of the best produce, procurers, and gastronomic gems the coast has to offer. Meet the owners and chefs and hear fascinating stories while tasting samples of the best dishes this area has to offer.
With so many fresh ingredients produced in Ireland, it’s only natural that good cooking is an essential part of Irish culture. So if you fancy indulging your creative side and donning a chef’s hat, spend an afternoon alongside an award-winning chef learning the history and cooking methods of unique regional or traditional Irish dishes.
Immerse yourself in the world-famous story of Irish emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park museum. This 40-acre, the open-air museum brings to life the human drama behind three centuries of Irish emigration, telling the remarkable story of the vast human tide that crossed the Atlantic for the New World of North America.
Using costumed guides, displays of traditional crafts and replicas of Irish streets and villages, the museum focuses on those who left Ireland for America in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. This interactive experience is perfect for all ages.
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope suspension bridge that links mainland Ireland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. Crossing a 66-foot gap suspended almost 100-feet above the crashing waves and rocks below, the bridge has been used for hundreds of years allowing salmon fishermen to reach the secluded waters around the tiny Island.
Thrill seekers come from all over to cross the safe but sometimes swaying bridge where they are rewarded with uninterrupted views of Rathlin Island, Fair Head, and Scotland on the other side. Channel your inner thrill seeker with a wee walk across this famous bridge!
Archeology and geology fans will love this fascinating tour of the ancient Knockdhu where every pile of stones has its own history. This archeological site sits on private lands where you’ll explore the underground chamber of the Souterrain by a guiding expert.
Meander through the bustling streets of the only completely walled city in Ireland which reveals a splendid city crammed full of history and heritage. Guided walking tours (or bus tour) are a great way to explore; from a tour of Derry’s Walls to The Bogside or the People’s Gallery Murals, visitors are in for a cultural and historical treat in Derry.
Ireland has a long history with farming that continues today. On this tour, meet local farmers who’ll tell stories passed down for generations, tour a local farm, and learn about dairy farming or raising cattle and sheep in Northern Ireland. Afterwards, head to a local livestock market where you’ll see farmers bid for top cattle or sheep to add to their prized herds.
Widely considered the fastest game on grass, Hurling is an ancient game (over 3000 years old) and one of the national sports of Ireland. You’ll head to a local hurling match to watch this fast-paced sport with local supporters who are passionate about their teams!
Nestled in the heart of the North Antrim village of Loughguile, where hurling is the lifeblood of the community, Scullion Hurls is an Économusée, or working museum, producing fine Hurls. Local craftsman Micheal Scullion will display the traditional craft of hurley making where he will make a hurl or "caman" in the style of an early 1900s hurl using hand tools that would likely have been used during that time period.
Participants will be welcomed into the workshop and given a brief historical presentation on the history and origins of the ancient Irish sport of hurling and the craft of Hurley Making as well as how the Scullion Family became involved in this ancient craft.
Explore the shipyard, walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean, and uncover the true legend of Titanic in the city where it all began. The immersive and interactive experience along with the utilization of state-of-the-art technology and attention to detail has helped the center become the winner of the World’s Leading Visitor Attractions (World Travel Awards 2016). More than just a visit, it’s an experience.
The 40,000 unique and iconic black basalt columns protruding from the sea have ensured that the Giants Causeway is included on the UNESCO world heritage list. However, it is the walk across the stones, the spray of the ocean and views of Scotland on the horizon that truly entrance.
The Gobbins experience is one way to get up close and personal with the Causeway Coast! It takes you along a narrow path hugging the dramatic cliff face; across spectacular bridges amid the crashing waves, traversing hidden tunnels under the Irish Sea; up and down rugged staircases carved into the cliff face, and into caves that were once home to smugglers.
Belfast International Airport
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Please arrange your flight to arrive at Belfast International Airport (BFS) or Dublin Airport (DUB). Transfers from these airports are not yet included, for more information, please send Bespoke Equestrian Ireland an inquiry. BEI is a full-service vacation provider and their US team can assist with and arrange travel logistics.
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