Your day will begin at our centre where you will be welcomed by Danny McKinley and members of the BEI team. Before heading to the stables to meet our horses, we will welcome you into our loft café for tea, coffee and homemade scones before one of our 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.
We’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 we’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, we will load your horses while you are whisked away to our costumes room to adorn yourself in splendid Game of Thrones themed costumes along with swords and armour. Whether you want to play the role of a beautiful princess or a ferocious warrior is up to you. We will then transport you and your horses to our 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 we’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. We will transport you and your noble stead to Ballintoy. This single stop on our tour lets you view 8 different Game of Thrones’ scenes and 3 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 we 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 Co. 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!
We’ll take our time playing on the beach & in the ocean before cantering over the smooth sands! If we’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 3 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. Savour the taste of the tantalising sea air, feel the blustering and energising 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 we head across the coastline on route to the Isle of Pyke, we 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 harbour. Ride through this stunning harbour 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 baptised in the name of the drowned god.
Our 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 the Westerios 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 your own to enjoy some local cuisine or a to get involved in the craic of a local pub. Alternatively, have a look at our out of tack option and let us help you plan the rest of your evening.
Overnight: County Antrim