Welcome to Cushendun
The pretty seaside village of Cushendun is famous for its distinctive Cornish-style cottages, now owned by the National Trust. Built between 1912 and 1925 at the behest of the local landowner, Lord Cushendun, they were designed by Clough Williams-Ellis, the architect of Portmeirion in north Wales.
Top experiences in Cushendun
Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Day Trip from Dublin
Meet your guide in central Dublin in early morning to start your trek to Belfast where you will spend approximately 45 minutes. Belfast has a very compact city center as a legacy of the Troubles. The next stop, the Dark Hedges, will be a 10-15 minute stop. The Dark Hedges, made famous as a filming location of the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, were planted 270 years ago by the Stuart family as a driveway to their mansion Gracehill Manor. The most photographed natural phenomenon in Northern Ireland.Next, you will make a quick 5-minute photo stop at arguably some of the most picturesque ruins in all of Ireland, Dunluce Castle. This is the type of location that makes even a picture taken on your smartphone look like a pictures taken by a professional.Then you'll get to experience the beautiful location of Giant's Causeway for at least 1.5 hours. This must-see World Heritage Site is Northern Ireland's most popular visitor attraction, and for good reason. Magnificent seascape and of course the awe-inspiring hexagonal/polygonal stone columns that form the legendary causeway itself, some of which reach 40 feet into the air. The Giant’s Causeway was declared a world heritage site in 1986. Here you can have a sit down lunch if you prefer. The extra lunch stop time is added into the Causeway stop.The brave will have the opportunity to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (crossing fee not included; £5.50 to be paid on the day; National Trust members go free). Carrick-a-Rede is an abandoned fishing island located just a few miles from the Giant’s Causeway. This 90-ft deep, 60-ft wide chasm is traversed by a traditionally built rope bridge which rewards the daring visitor with arguably the best views in the country. Spend approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes there.We then get back on the coastal route and go through beautiful coastal towns like Ballycastle and Cushendun where you will enjoy fantastic view of islands just of the coast like Sheep Island, Rathlin Island or maybe even a glimpse of Scotland. After that, we will stop for 20 minutes at the closest point between Ireland and Scotland, Cushendun, which is also the last stop before returning to Belfast. The guide will tell you the story of the statue of Johann the Goat.Another unique part of the tour will be going across the Glens of Antrim with amazing panoramic views, instead of driving around them, on the way back to Belfast. Return to Dublin at approximately 8:30pm.
2-Day Belfast 'Game of Thrones' Trip from Dublin
Day 1: Dublin – BelfastMake your own way to Connolly station in Dublin to meet your host and board your train to Belfast. Sit back and enjoy the scenic ride along the eastern coast of Ireland. As you travel, listen to your host share fascinating details about the areas you pass by.On arrival in Belfast, receive a ticket to the Titanic Belfast visitor center and a hop-on hop-off bus pass. With the rest of the day free to spend at your leisure, the hop-on hop-off bus allows you to travel easily between Belfast’s top sights. Board your bus from any of the stops and listen to the live or recorded commentary as you travel through the city, hopping on and off at your leisure. See the Itinerary for a list of stops.Perhaps hop off in the Titanic Quarter to redeem your Titanic Belfast ticket. See the dock where the doomed liner was built and wander around a reconstruction of some of the Titanic’s rooms. Other sights include Crumlin Road Gaol and Peace Wall where you can leave your thoughts alongside the likes of the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton.After exploring the city, check in to your 4-star hotel in the city center.Overnight: 4-star Europa Hotel or Fitzwilliam Hotel in BelfastDay 2: Belfast – Game of Thrones filming locations – Giant’s Causeway (B)Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, then travel by coach along the Causeway Coastal Route to begin your tour of sites from the TV show, Game of Thrones. As you travel, listen to your guide talk about the series that was adapted from George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels.Stop in the town of Cushendun to visit the caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her ‘shadow baby.' Hear tales of the power struggles and trysts between the noble families of Westeros, and learn about the exploits of King Joffrey Baratheon.Then, continue to Ballycastle to see where Varys was born as a slave in the Free Cities, and travel to the Dark Hedges road. With its archway of intertwined trees, the road is one of Northern Ireland’s most photographed locations and the place where Arya Stark dressed as a boy to escape from King’s Landing.Head to the cosy Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy for a pub for lunch (own expense), before traveling to Larrybane where several major scenes were filmed.Your final stop is the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway. While it hasn’t been used in Game of Thrones, it is one of the Causeway Coast’s must-see sights. The captivating natural wonder consists of hexagonal rock columns that mysteriously fit together. Hop across the stones and hear myths surrounding them from a National Trust guide.After exploring Giant’s Causeway, board your coach and travel back to Belfast to catch your return train to Dublin.
'Game of Thrones' Location Tour from Belfast including Giant's Causeway
Leaving central Belfast in the morning and taking the Causeway Coastal Route from the capital of Northern Ireland, get the chance to enjoy the most spectacular views Northern Ireland has to offer. The first official stop is The Dark Hedges (around 10 minutes), known as the location where Arya Stark makes her escape down The Kings Road.Do a quick stop for pictures at Dunluce Castle (around 5 minutes).Stop at the Giant's Causeway (around 1 hour 30 minutes). Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with ample time for discovery.Travel to Larrybane (around 10 - 15 minutes).Onward to Ballintoy Harbour (around 40 minutes) to enjoy one of the favorite filming locations on this tour. Experience the scene where Theon comes home for the first time. Last but definitely not least, are the caves in Cushendun (around 20 minutes), to visit the cave.
Game of Thrones Locations Tour including Westeros and Giant's Causeway
The first stop will be Carncastle (Nights Watch Beheading). It was here on the windswept Antrim Plateau that Game of Thrones kicked off in dramatic fashion with Ned Stark beheading the Night’s Watch deserter, witnessed by Jon Snow, Theon Greyjoy, and the Stark brothers Robb and Bran; and where Catelyn captures Tyrion Lannister whom she suspects of trying to kill her son. When Bran, Rickon, Osha, and Hodor head north to The Wall it is also from the land above Cairncastle that they take a last look back at Winterfell. The second stop will be Cushendun Caves (birth to the shadow baby). The Caves at Cushendun were formed over a period of 400 million years and extreme weather conditions in Ireland. They are found just beyond the beautiful coastal village of Cushendun and we access them by foot next to the Bay Hotel and Cave House.There will then be a comfort break at Carnlough.The tour will then go to Larrybane, Carrick-a-Rede (Storm’s End). Located along the stunning North Coast close to Carrick-Rede Rope Bridge, this area is exceptional in is natural beauty. Larrybane headland, which once stretched out towards Sheep Island and had a promontory fort on the top dating to 800AD, had large caves underneath which once served as home to boat builders and a safe resting place from winter storms. Despite having been quarried in the 1950′s this quarry is still worth a visit for its exceptional views. Fans will recognize this location as Storm’s End.The next stop will be Ballintoy Harbour (The Iron Islands). As you come over the Knocksoghey Brae from Ballycastle or in from Whitepark Bay you are greeted by spectacular views, each one featuring Ballintoy Church. This stunning seaside location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands.After Ballintoy Harbour the tour will make its way to the Giant's Causeway. The 'Game of Thrones' itinerary is a great way to discover some key filming locations of the show along the stunning Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland. Plotting a path through the scenic splendor of the Seven Kingdoms, it takes you to where so many of the pivotal scenes were shot. The Game of Thrones itinerary not only brings to life the drama of the series, but also provides a front row seat at locations steeped in local myth and legend, where ancient warriors walked long before leading men. Thus, no tour would be complete without a stop at the Giants Causeway! The last stop for the day is The Dark Hedges. This beautiful avenue of beech trees has been used as the location for the Kingsroad in the hit show. It was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century and intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the Dark Hedges remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.